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Wildlife and history highlighted in Orkney trek

Posted 15 February 2011
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Wildlife and history highlighted in Orkney trek
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Those who go walking in the Orkney Isles will see plenty of wildlife and a rich array of ancient monuments and settlements, it has been noted.

In its latest Walk of the Week, the Scotsman Newspaper said the trek around the coast near Evie, north of Kirkwall, provides "a sense of isolation and closeness with the surrounding natural environment that came to the fore on the Sands of Evie".

Here, the writer noted, seals could be spotted, along with a large hare.

And the 2,000 year-old Broch of Gurness and its surrounding village testify to the long history of the area, although some settlements date back 3,000 years before that.

And those donning their hiking boots and walking around the archipelago will be "impressed" by what they see, even if this will occupy a long time due to the large number of islands.

Other island walks featured by the paper recently include Eriksay in the Western Isles, described as having "white sands and rugged coast that takes the breath away".