History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
You can park along the A966 east of Birsay, near Glebe and Northside, at grid reference HY265281. Then simply follow the track towards the coast, a few hundred level yards north. If you want to minimise walking, take the minor road along the northern edge of Northside, which will take you within a few yards of the head of the Geo.
An even more attractive alternative is to park at the very end of the road, near the causeway to the Brough of Birsay. From there follow the signed coastal path east, past Skipi (Skiba) Geo, where an old fisherman's hut is set into the cliffs. The track runs past a local landmark; a whalebone set upon a post.
There is a bench set on the clifftop, offering a welcome chance to sit and look out over the rocks below, where you can often see seals basking. From Skipi Geo the trail is a little less distinct, but it is easy going for another half mile until you reach Longaglebe.
It takes almost as long to describe the access options as it does to get there! You really can't go wrong, and a walk to the Geo makes a wonderful side-trip if you are already visiting the Earl's Palace or the monastery at Brough of Birsay. This is a beautiful location, with superb coastal scenery, and well worth a visit if the weather is fine.
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About Longaglebe Geo
Address: Longaglebe, Birsay, Mainland, Orkney, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Off a minor road just east of Birsay. The location is noted on OS maps as Whitaloo Point.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Skiba Geo & Birsay Whalebone - 0.7 miles (Countryside)
Birsay Earl's Palace - 1 miles (Historic Building)
St Magnus Church, Birsay - 1 miles (Historic Church)
Brough of Birsay - 1.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Kirbuster Museum - 2.4 miles (Museum)
Kitchener Memorial, Marwick Head - 3 miles (Historic Building)
Marwick Head RSPB - 3.3 miles (Countryside)
Click Mill - 5.3 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Longaglebe Geo:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Longaglebe Geo. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
St Margarets Hope, Highlands and Islands
Stay from: £1195.00 - 3185.00
John o Groats, Highlands and Islands
Stay from: £2203.00 - 8066.00
Halkirk, Highlands and Islands
Stay from: £242.00 - 1138.00