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Fantastic guide and place.

My husband went round this historic Martello Tower and Hackness Battery, I couldn’t go as I was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sue P
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Lydbury North, United Kingdom
Unexpected surprise

We are members of Historic Scotland and a trip here had been recommended by local friends. We... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2019
Graham2124
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband went round this historic Martello Tower and Hackness Battery, I couldn’t go as I was ill so stayed in the car park in our motorhome to watch the fabulous scenery on Hoy. The tour guide was fabulous. He was with two other people...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 11, 2019

We are members of Historic Scotland and a trip here had been recommended by local friends. We arrived expecting to wander around reading boards and were taken aback when we were given a guided tour on our own! We tend not to follow tours generally...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Graham2124
Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

A fascinating slice of 19th century military history in two servings. The immaculately maintained battery with it’s reconstructed living quarters and the equally well maintained Martello Tower. Both ‘garnished’ with an excellent commentary from an enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Recommended.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Curmo
Reviewed August 19, 2019

We stumbled across the tower while driving round South Walls on 11 July, and were so glad we did. The tower, its powder room, the men’s quarters, its gun, were all brought to life by our brilliant tour guide. The views are stunning. And then...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

We visited on a wet and windy Summer's day in Orkney expecting to have a quick look round but in the end stayed for a couple of hours having been given an immensely engrossing personal tour by Glen, one of the guides. Glen brought the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank MickK99
Reviewed July 6, 2019

A great historic place , very different to anything I have visited before! The tower is incredible especially the water system! Access is up an outside quite steep ladder, interesting in windy conditions but easy if good on legs! Alan a great guide! Fantastic views...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Pomeroy-Soos
Reviewed July 4, 2019

I thought this would be a boring, quick visit to another tower. Quite the opposite! Andy, from Historic Scotland, gave us a very informative tour of the barracks, the gun battery and the tower. It’s amazing how much thought and engineering was put into the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 118lindsaya
Reviewed July 3, 2019

The Hackness Tower was built around 1813 as a defence against American privateers, America then being at War with Great Britain. It is a stocky, solid building which can house eight men (one NCO and seven privates) and boats a large cannon on the top....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019

Glen brought this place to life with his knowledge and passion for history, and expertise in storytelling to meet the audience needs. Came away surprised and informed. Entertained and curious to know more about the little-known history of British conflicts with American treasure-seekers. Make sure...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Joo1
Reviewed June 9, 2019

We very much enjoyed the tour leader's = Andy highly informative and entertaining tour of the Tower and surrounds. He was a font of both historical and local area stories. His flexibility allowing us to join an earlier group; was also very much appreciated. I...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from adrkerr | Reviewed this property |
correction: google maps says you can but it will take 4hrs5mins from Kirk wall by ferry & bus.
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