The beach at the Bay of Creekland, on the Orkney Island of Hoy, faces east, looking across the bay to Graemsay Island. Facing Scapa Flow and its boat graveyard, this is an evocative setting, as you can also feel a strong Viking undercurrent, standing on the beach and looking back at the barn behind, inspired by a long house. The beach has a pleasing arc, with fine sand that teems with bird life, on this occasion eider ducks and oystercatchers in abundance. Hoy is a wonderful island, natural and unspoilt, well worth a visit during any stay on the Orkney Islands.
What the beach means to Magnus.
Halfway along the beach.
Another view from further along the beach.