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“300 Steps - Worth the Effort”
Review of Whaligoe Steps

Whaligoe Steps
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Whaligoe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Not the easiest place to find - we drove past a couple of time on the main road before finding the turning. It's about 300 steps down to the old area where they landed the herring, steps are a bit uneven but it's not too bad - we were there on a beautiful day that helped. Met a fella called Jimmy, who live locally, on the steps - local character telling us all about how he appeared on a Billy Connolly TV show when he was at Whaligoe steps a few years back.

If you think it's hard work imagine what it must have been like for the women carrying baskets of fish up these steps.

When you have done your trek or if you don't fancy it, the cafe at the top is apparently really good - though we were pushed fro time and couldn't stop unfortunately.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank 325tomw325
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

A very atmospheric place. The steps are not as intimidating as you might think and lead down to a beautiful goes. We spent a happy hour taking in the steep sides of the harbour and watching the seals. The coffee shop at the top of the steps had a wide range of excellent home-made cakes - a proper present to yourself once you walk back up!

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Clive M
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Steps descending to the sea. I was worried about the previous reviews, but I found descending nd coming back quite easy. It is no dangerous going down the steps but I think there should be more concern about falling stones from the cliff upstairs.
The stairs are steep, the story interesting, but not a top attraction.
The cafè was closed with a confusing notice saying "Sorry we are closed. We are open from 10.30 to 5 pm, Tuesday Sunday". It was Wednesday, 13 pm, August, and it was closed.
To find it, have a look on google maps, it is perfectly indicated.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank E-Opla
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped here as part of our North Coast 500 trip down the east coast. We done them early morning so it was nice and quiet and slightly awkward to find. There is a whaligoe Steps cafe banner on the left hand side of the road heading south you need to turn in there and head passed the couple of cottages and park there. It's an easy walk down you can wear trainers if it's a nice day but for wetter weather would recommend better shoes/hiking shoes for the grip. The views at the bottom are beautiful and it would have received 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that there is no information boards/plaques anymore regarding the history of the steps I just had to google it!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank manderson2413
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to visit on a beautiful sunny day after having seen a photo online. The Whaligoe Steps are definitely a hidden gem. Lying right next to the A99 the turn off is inconspicuous and not really signposted at all. Don't be put off by the confederate flag in someone's garden, as the views are stunning both on the descent and at the bottom. Would definitely recommend it to anyone sightseeing in the area.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank ShinyaAoki
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