An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Wild swimming Orkney

Yes the water is certainly refreshing in Orkney, but its clarity is incredible. Papa Westray has many accessible spots from some great swims. Here’s some of our favourites:

  • The Pow (Ethan’s Pow) – on the north west coast, within the flagstones, this sheltered low tide pool is a wonderful place for a swim (and snorkel to enjoy the sea life you are sharing your swim with)
  • The Pier – on the east coast the clear waters around the pier are simply wonderful. There are toilets and showers in the Kelp Store 
  • Bothican (Bay of Moclett) – beautiful, pristine sand beach
  • Taing Bay – another beautiful sand beach, if there is no seaweed.

Watch out for jellyfish through the summer months, especially Lion’s Mane (May to end September). Locals may be able to give you advice, including the wonderful and knowledgable Papay Ranger 

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