We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1856 701727
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 45 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 32
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
Excellent informal tour of the battery

Early season, we were only the 2nd set of visitors of the day when we arrived at midday. The gentleman gave us an excellent guided tour of the battery, we hadn't booked or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 43: English reviews
Level Contributor
40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Early season, we were only the 2nd set of visitors of the day when we arrived at midday. The gentleman gave us an excellent guided tour of the battery, we hadn't booked or expected this. The Martello tower is currently shut as the entrance is blocked by scaffolding - we didnt mind as we had not planned on going inside... More 

Thank Sheffieldrose
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
110 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hackness Martello Tower is one of a pair [the other, Crockness, is under private ownership & not available to view] built during the Napoleonic wars and is an incredible feat of military engineering. The entrance is up a high open tread metal stairway which can be tricky in high winds. Adjacent is the 19th century Battery with the guard room... More 

1 Thank MrsJosephineJones
Level Contributor
72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Definitely worth the drive. Tower is visible from the ferry landing and the adjacent buildings and gun emplacements which date from the early 19th century are well preserved. You will need to be able to climb a steep ladder with hand rails to get up into the tower. Graffiti from 1818 is easy to read!

Thank Stephen L
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
97 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

...But turned out to be fascinating. Interesting tour of the barracks then a very interesting tour of the tower - the powder store, the accommodation, the water filtration system then a trip up to the gun turret to see how the gunners avoided contaminating the water supply :)

Thank adrkerr
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I had never heard of this Tower and the fort next door until very recently, but now I think it should be in the top 10 attractions in the UK. It is a Martello Tower and very nearby artillery fort which have survived pretty much intact since they were built in the 19th century, and in which you can see... More 

Thank welshrainbow
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We had a guided tour from Glen, very interesting. We were there for well over an hour, definitely worth the trip to the bottom of the island.

1 Thank dave_fo
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Thanks to David , the warden , this was a superb visit. I learned a lot of interesting information from him. Really engaging. Visit the tower if you can climb up - its great.

Thank Alasdair S
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Visited the tower and battery whilst on holiday in Hoy. Wasn't sure what to expect, but the gentleman who runs the site for Historic Scotland met us and took a small group of us on a guided tour. It was fascinating - he was very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. The ladders to the tower are quite steep but... More 

2 Thank Margaret391
Walsall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

What we thought would be a quick trip to the tower and a quick look round ended up being a very interesting morning. David from Historic Scotland took us a tour round and gave us all the history behind the tower and area it was situated. His knowledge was second to none and it was this that made the tour... More 

Thank NickyVN
Level Contributor
272 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

There is a charge for this attraction of £4.50 for an adult which I would find a little steep given what there is to see here. Okay so I did visit out of season so we couldn't pay or get inside the tower but there were information boards about the history in the car park which was great. Well worth... More 

Thank PeterGarrett78

Travellers who viewed Hackness Martello Tower also viewed

Stromness, Mainland
Stromness, Mainland
Hoy, Orkney Islands

Been to Hackness Martello Tower? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hackness Martello Tower and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Corte Madera
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Hackness Martello Tower staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?