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Hackness Martello Tower

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Erica-Hume-Niven wrote a review Nov 2019
Selkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom35 contributions9 helpful votes
I spotted this on my OS map as i was driving round South Walls (attached to Hoy by a causeway); I thought, mmm, I wonder what Martello tower means, having never heard of one before. The site has Napoleonic barracks, battery and the Martello Tower. The site managers, who take you round, are very interested in the history which makes the whole site come alive. The view from the top of the Tower is beautiful. When I visited the charming David Mager was the site manager. (I was actually there in July 2017 but I cannot select that below)
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Sue P wrote a review Sep 2019
Lydbury North, United Kingdom40 contributions12 helpful votes
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 and Glen the guide was just so informative, pleasant and professional. Highly recommended if on or near Hoy.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Graham2124 wrote a review Sep 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom21 contributions5 helpful votes
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 as they can be information overload and you are dragged round in a group, but Andy, the guide, was a really nice bloke, very informative and we got so much more out of it than we would have done as we were able to chat and ask questions. Very interesting history in any event, but made so much better with the tour - no booking necessary!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Curmo wrote a review Sep 2019
Clevedon, United Kingdom214 contributions85 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Pete M wrote a review Aug 2019
Nottingham, United Kingdom39 contributions7 helpful votes
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 we had an equally fascinating tour of the battery, including the air raid early in WW2 witnessed by the resident owner as a lad. Possibly the best £6 you will ever spend.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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