The Stacks of Sil Wick

Having rounded Muckle Flugga and Out Stack the previous day, it seemed almost indecent to head out on such a magnificent journey less than 24 hours later, and yet the opportunity to paddle, quite literally, from the house and out around Skelda Ness, taking in both Sil Wick and Wester Wick was not to be missed. It was arguably the best day's paddling of the trip.
A day with no driving...trolleying the boats 100 yards, over the burn and down to the head of Garderhouse Voe.
Amongst the kelp and low cliffs, enjoying the sun.
Negotiating the narrow channels...
...some requiring more care than others...
...although my timing left something to be desired at times.
Photo: Kev Robinson
The bigger westerly swells of earlier in the week have dropped, but not completely...
...providing some exciting rock hopping.
Having rounded Skelda Ness, the exposure of the Atlantic is now evident...
...whilst the cliffs and stacks of Sil Wick rear above the swell...
...the striking pink thrift catching the afternoon sun.
Challenging channels amongst the arches of Clett.
Like a great whale, a huge stack rises beyond Wester Wick...
...before the cliffs gradually give way to more gentle surroundings...
...as we head towards Seli Voe, where a track across the moor leads us back to our starting point and the end of a superb day along one of the finest stretches of coastline in Shetland.

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