The village of Keiss is situated in the beautiful Sinclair’s Bay and has a wonderful, historic harbour (as seen on The Crown!). Paths link you to the beach on the south side and the historic Keiss Castle and brochs to the north.

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  • 0.5km


  • Limited parking space at the harbour - it is possible to park in the village and walk down.


  • Fitness Level 1: Very Easy

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The village of Keiss (meaning 'ridge' in Norse), has a history stretching back thousands of years - the three brochs to the north of the village are testament to this.

Walking down the main street towards the harbour, the top of the brae gives amazing views of Sinclair’s Bay. Looking out, you will see Noss Head lighthouse, Sinclair and Girnigoe Castle, as well as Ackergill Tower. The harbour below was built by James Bremner, a Keiss native, in the 1820s. Take a close look at the orientation of the rocks: these were placed in this specific way to give the best protection against the huge waves. In summer, the harbour is very busy with fishermen.

To access the castle and brochs, make your way down towards the harbour and follow the right of way through Sinclair Bay Pods. If you feel like extending your stay in Keiss you can either stay here or at the Village Inn apartments. There is a campervan overnight stop beside the pub.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Keiss Harbour was used to film Netflix's The Crown - the harbour style is similar to that of Sligo, where Lord Mountbatten was killed.

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