Braewick Beach Walk – Eshaness, Northmavine, Shetland Islands
There are many accessible walks and endurance levels to explore in the Northmavine area of the Shetland Islands. A great place to explore the outdoors by land or sea.
There are many spectacular coastal walks, hiking or rock climbing. If you are a kayaking, sailing or hiring a jetski then the sea stacks, coves and, geos=inlets (Shetland word) are all equally breath taking too
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I love that Northmavine is on my doorstep and after a 20 minute drive I am bang in the middle of a wildlife haven. It is peaceful and the summer meadows of chirping birds and insect life is the best sound to encounter for your ears
A great place to unwind and tune into nature and if you are camping even better. I recommend staying at the Braewick caravan site or stay in one of their wig-wams for the fantastic views. A great location for exploring the Northmavine area.
The landscape is a great place to draw inspiration from that being photography, writing or sketching.
In terms of walks I have always wanted to explore the Braewick sandbar beach. It is located in front of the campsite and it looks over towards what is called ‘Da Drongs’ (local dialect).
‘The Drongs’ are three sea stacks protruding from the seascape. Last summer I was excited to see a pod of killer whales making their journey across the bay. Sadly, they were seen by using binoculars only but it was still great to see them jump out the ocean with their black and white markings.
What I love about Northmavine is the way the light changes the sea and landscape at different intervals throughout the summer season. The sea at the sandbar can turn a vivid dark green against the red sand and cliff face. At a different time with some sunsets the landscape is silver and gold in places. I don’t think any amateur or professional wildlife photographer shall ever get bored here. There are colours everywhere with the different coloured geology, flora or fauna too.
Another great feature of island living are micro showers. I was once in the cafe and one table of tourists were surprised to see on one side of the building getting bashed with heavy rainfall and then the other side the view was all tranquil. They said they never experience that again as they lived in an upbuild urban environment.
Whenever the weather is like that it is best to have your headlights on as it can get very dark driving through a micro shower. Once through it you get blazing sunshine again and then you need to grab your 😎
Braewick Beack Walk
As a lymphie walker I have access to many easy going coastal walks. If I can’t walk I take in the views like the many coach loads of tourists. There are many visiting cruise ships that take harbour in Lerwick the capital of Shetland. This year I was determined to reach the sandbar beach of Braewick. I set off down a gentle slope on a sunny calm day and then I reached the freshwater pool of water.
I am not completed sure if it is freshwater as I have seen the sea waves go over the narrow sandbar. When I made it down to the sandbar it looked very wide but I guessed it was low tide. Next was the beach walk but it was near impossible as Tirricks (Arctic Terns) started to dive bomb. The best thing is to ignore them and keep walking. The previous week I watched a nature documentary where a polar bear was getting a bloody nose as consistently pecked by several Arctic Terns. Tirricks behaviour is normal as their nests are on the ground very near coastal shores. One thing I forgot to bring with me was a bag to collect rubbish but there wasn’t any rubbish I could see which was good. After this walk I ate at the cafe and chatted to folk I hadn’t seen since last year. It was a sunny pleasant day out and a pleasure to walk despite the tirricks display of aggression. It is a good sign to see them as their numbers are on the decline or so I read and been told.
Maybe reason for arctic tern decline are manmade? Here are some photos I took on a walk at Stenness, Eshaness in 2015.