Holms of Ire

Just off the northeast coast of Sanday are two small uninhabited islands called the Holms of Ire. You’ll find them off the Burness side of Sanday, the Inner & Outer Holms.

Firstly you will pass over Whalgeo, which is a stunning peninsula with lovely sea views and lots of interesting wildlife around its rocky shores.

You will also meet some very friendly mini shetland ponies, and depending on the time of year they may have foals as well! There are also some very friendly and inquisitive outdoor reared pigs, which are part of the Holms of Ire Sanday Pork herd.

The Holms of Ire are only accessible at low tide, but unveil an awesome selection of wildlife, sea views and ruins of what once was a small monastery settlement with church and circular growing beds.  A slow walk around both Holms and back will take approximately two hours, so make sure to check the tides before you embark. There is no shelter on the Holms if you mistime it and need to wait until the tide is low enough to cross back again!

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