From the bird watchers' car park, you now head north along the cliffs, climbing steadily until you reach Compass Head itself. Muldri Geo and the Slithers make for dramatic photographs, where waves crash against their lower rocky faces. Seals bob up and down among the swirling seaweed "forests" below. Stop and get your breath back at the top and enjoy more stunning views across the Pool of Virkie, right up to Noss and Bressay in the north and west to Scatness, Fitful Head and uninhabited Lady's Holm and Horse Island.
From Compass Head, descend carefully towards the lower slopes. Beware of crumbling edges and concealed uneven ground. You may see aeroplanes landing and taking off from Sumburgh airport. Sumburgh Hotel, Sumburgh Farm and Jarlshof can be seen clearly from here. There are some quarries on the way down, where migrant birds often take shelter. At the foot of the slope, you can make your way back to the road and peep into the beautiful walled garden at Grutness, or, clamber right out across the boulder storm beach to the Scult of Laward. There is a fine sandy beach at Grutness, where you can shelter during westerly winds. It is only a five minute walk from here back to the beginning of the walk at Jarlshof.