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A good walk with excellent views

We used the Stromness passenger ferry to Moeness. Then walked up Ward Hill and then over to St... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donald F
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Good long walk

Good long walk topped by the views on arrival. Our first visit and we were impressed. No facilities... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ian M
,
Paisley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We used the Stromness passenger ferry to Moeness. Then walked up Ward Hill and then over to St John's Head. great cliffs and views. You finish walking past the Old Man to finish in Rackwick. We organised a minibus pickup back to the ferry. It's...More

Thank Donald F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good long walk topped by the views on arrival. Our first visit and we were impressed. No facilities but none needed.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We got the ferry from Stromness, and there was actually a minibus (private hire) there, took us to rackwick via the Dwarfie stone, and nesting eagles where the rspb has set up a viewing telescope. From rackwick it’s a good walk about an hour each...More

Thank James C
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Of the many hikes I took on my Orkney Adventure, this was by far my most favorite. The hike starts off at the ferry pier and heads up a local road. At the end of the road you enter an amazing glacier caved valley for...More

1  Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

The most famous sea stack in the world? You don't realise just how big it is until you see it close up. The walk-in (and out) is 9.25k and not too steep and good underfoot unlike many on the Orkney Islands. I've wanted to climb...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Get the Orkney ferry from Stromness (from the second pier) to Hoy. The 10 am one is good. A bus waits (either blue or white) which will take you to Rackwick [6 pounds return]. The driver will stop and let you see the Dwarf's Stane,...More

5  Thank GREYGALAH H
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

When "iconic" is applied to a noun, I feel nervous that I am about to be played for a fool. The OMoH is not such an example. It is not until you get close to it that its grandeur and magnitude overwhelm; the view from...More

1  Thank Clive M
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Park at Rackwick bay and take the 3 mile walk to see the old man. Great walk with stunning views. The tip of the old man comes into view as you approach but nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking view you get when you...More

Thank JillAdventures
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Great walk, it's easy and doesn't take the three hours they say. The heritage museum at the end is well worth a look. Take the walk back on the post route to the ferry too.

Thank Richard A
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

The drive up to Rackwick Bay is glorious enough in itself but walking around the beach and then seeing it from the cliff top walk is something else. If you take the ferry between Scrabster and Stromness you will have gone past these gorgeous features...More

1  Thank Vanessa C
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