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Orkney Islands Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Walking on the Orkney Islands is varied and interesting. Despite the low-lying nature of many islands, the many well-preserved Neolithic sites, abundant bird and marine life together with a feeling of remoteness all provide good reason to explore the islands. The interesting coastline with natural arches and sea stacks together with some high cliffs offer excellent walking and scenic interest.


Orkney - Mainland Walks

The largest of the Orkney Islands, Mainland offers a variety of walking over mainly flat terrain. To the west of the island there are some low hills. The main focus of walks is along the coast with many interesting rock features and extensive birdlife.

3652The Gloup, Deerness Brough & Mull Headeasy4.00

Orkney - Isle of Hoy Walks

The rugged cliffs and hilly terrain or Hoy together with the sea stack 'Old Man of Hoy' are a perfect excuse for visiting this island. The varied terrain offers some demanding walking. The west coast of the island also has dramatic sea cliffs rising to over a 1000 feet above the sea.

3649Old Man of Hoy from Rackwickeasy/mod5.40
3650★☩Rackwick, Old Man of Hoy & Cuilagsmod/hard9.60
3648Old Man of Hoy & Glens of Broadiface moderate10.00

Orkney - Isle of Westray Walks

Westray is the most north-westerly island in the Orkneys. The western side of the island has a number of low hills rising above the coast with its many interesting features including caves and rock arches. The island is also home, in season, to many seabirds.

3651Noup Head from Backarass Farm, Westrayeasy4.50

Orkney - Isle of Rousay Walks

Rousay is a small hilly island lying about 3 km north of mainland. The island has been nicknamed "Egypt of the north", due to its archaeological diversity and importance.

3742Heritage Trail from Westnesseasy3.00

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