The Knowes of Trotty

The Knowes of Trotty, Harray: Tickets, Tours, Address, The Knowes of Trotty Reviews: 3/5

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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK476 contributions
Lovely rural walk to visit Orkneys neolithic history
Nov 2019 • Friends
Eay access from the road but care not to block farm tracks/access with vehicles. Walk is over rugged terrain so stout walking shoes a must. The Knowes are earth mounds that were used as burial sites. The view across Harray & the Harray Loch to Stromness & Hoy is beautiful on a clear day
Written November 30, 2019
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Scotty062
Scottish Highlands, UK374 contributions
Pleasant little trip
Oct 2016 • Couples
Found details of the Knowes of Trotty and the walk to the site, in an Orkney walks booklet in our holiday house. Intrigued by the name and something new to us, we made the trip. The walk from car park to the Knowes is not long, but, as forecast in our booklet, the path is not always easy to trace through the heather, although boardwalks have been provided in boggy parts.
The Knowes (burial mounds) present themselves as rows of hillocks, covered in heather and moss, and so imagination is required to visualise the historic/archaeological importance of the site. We followed the suggestion in our booklet and ate our picnic on top of a Knowe!
Not one of Orkney's best sites, but a pleasant experience (especially when coupled with a visit to the excellent Harray butcher!)
Written October 12, 2016
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Gill T
Orkney Islands, UK602 contributions
Hard to find even when you arrive
May 2014 • Couples
We went searching for this site, where bronze age sun discs were found in the barrows. There are a series of barrows. When we finally found our way up the track to a small parking space only sufficient for two well-parked cars, we stlll could find no way to reach the barrows as we were confronted with a range of private farm buildings. In the end we turned back.
The site on the slopes of the hill with views right across the Mainland is impressive, but access and information is severely lacking and there was no-one from whom to enquire. Although the sun disks are in a museum, I would have liked to see the barrows and wonder if it is possible to go into at least one of them.
Since returning home I have discovered more about access on http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=10172 and http://spiritualorkney.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/knowes-of-trotty-meditation-on-power.html
Written June 18, 2014
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