Grand Tour Of Scotland: Exploring Orkney #523

Day 7: 17 August 2019 ~ Skiba Geo: The Whale Bone

The Whale Bone, Skiba Geo, Birsay, Orkney, Scotland
  • Location: Skiba Geo, Birsay, Orkney, Scotland
  • Date Taken: 2019-08-17
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm F/3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: JPEG
  • F-Stop: f/5
  • Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-200
  • Focal Length: 20 mm
  • Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
  • Handheld

Skiba Geo has been in use since Viking times. It is a sheltered beach making it easy to land fishing boats. In the winter the boats would be pulled up to the nousts at the top of the beach for protection. The hut next to the nousts was for the fishermen to store their equipment out of the elements.

Follow the coast and you’ll eventually reach the famous Whalebone. The structure is made from the remains of a whale that’s thought to have washed up around 150 years ago on the beach below.

In those days, beached whales were seen as a bounty for coastal communities and could be used for food, fuel and for decorative items. The remains of this whale were left to decompose until around 1880, when part of the jawbone and skull were fashioned into a monument and placed overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Whalebone marks the return point of a lovely walk – one that showcases the connection between Orkney and the sea.

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