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Backaskaill Bay

A stunning sandy beach, almost 2km wide. Backaskaill bay is located on the southern side of Sanday and is accessed from 2 points. The first is from a track off the B9070 main road from Loth, next to the sign for Backaskaill Farmhouse and cottage. The second is from the road just before How farm of the B9068, the road into Kettletoft. Both have picnic benches and small parking areas for approximately four cars.

At low tide, the west end has some stunning rock formations, rock stacks and plenty of rock pools for hours of exploring. The east end leads you past the remains of an old church around Bea Ness, to Kettletoft and the pier. This makes a nice circular walk of around 4km, which takes around 1.5 hours at a very leisurely pace.

What’s here?

  • Stunning views
  • Sanday beach
  • Rock formations
  • Rock pools
  • Visible geology
  • Picnic benches
  • Dog friendly beach
  • Remote location