on from the museum, up the "hill" to the main road,
and drive across the road towards the statue of Leiger.
Follow the sign "Sääretirp".
Photo: Hanno Luukas
This original name is given to a headland
that is very often named Orjaku or
Kassari säär (Kassari shank) on the
maps. Reserve some time to properly
enjoy Sääretirp peninsula. It is about 3
km from the main road to the parking
lot. A statue of the Hiiumaa giant Leiger
also serves as a guide. Leiger is building
the bridge (see the legend).
Driving on top of Sääremäe hill is
also an experience, with junipers on
both sides of the road and picturesque
views of the sea. The midsummer night bonfire and camping areas are
also popular among the visitors, since many prefer this particular beach.
The hot sun warms the low waters in the bay and the beaches are full
of people, just wandering around, engaged in sports or passing by for
refreshment in a hot summer day. Kassari's beautiful beaches are open
to all, so it is important to preserve the Nordic beauty for posterity.
The Sääretirp parking lot also offers a beautiful view: the wild blue
yonder above and gnarled junipers all around. Here you have an option
of travelling along the main road, or choosing a smaller path between
the juniper bushes leading to the nearest beach. The most beautiful way
to the end of the peninsula is the curvy path on the range. The end of the
path recalls the Estonian song: "When the Earth was created long time
ago, God created also Hiiumaa..."
The geological facts are that this is actually a cavern in a northeasterlysouthwesterly
direction, or an esker that the sea has shaped for a long
time, with vegetation on its higher reaches, but covered with scree
where approaches the sea. The more interesting of the trees and bushes
are honeysuckle, black alder, buckthorn, and bush cranberry. Rows of
sea kale - striking while in bloom - and the romantic blossoms of brier
adorn the shore.
Legends and stories
Leiger, who came to Hiiumaa from Saaremaa, was famous for his cosy
sauna and huge cabbages. It was especially for these things that his
relative Suur Tõll from Saaremaa came to visit Leiger as often as he did.
It was common knowledge that Suur Tõll didn't want his legs to become
wet, so Leiger and his sons decided to build a bridge between the two
islands. They gathered together many stones, which formed quite a long
bank, but it didn’t quite reach Saaremaa. It isn't known why they didn't
finish the job, but most likely there were some differences of opinions
among the giants. But the beginning of the bridge is still there - the
The most famous vacationers in Kassari were the writer Aino Kallas
and linguist and diplomat Oskar Kallas. A sign will lead you to their