When we returned to mainland Scotland after our trip to Shetland we stayed with my cousins at Burrigle, Forse. We were fortunate to have our cousins show us around the lesser known parts of the countryside and the Whaligoe Steps were something I wanted to see. I had not visited them when I used to go as a child on holiday to Burrigle so was happy to get the opportunity to visit them and learn a bit about their history.The steep steps down to the harbour are daunting at first sight but it is not too difficult a climb and well worth the effort. You can click on each photo to see more detail.
It is hard to believe that the women used to carry the baskets of herring back up the 300 steps to the top of the cliff.
The history of the Whaligoe Steps is fully described on this site at Undiscovered Scotland.
This is part of undiscovered Scotland that you definitely should see.