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“Battery and Martello Tower”

Hackness Martello Tower
Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Hoy
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

This an Historic Scotland property at Hackness at the south-eastern tip of the island of Hoy.

The battery includes barrack room, remains of powder store, etc. It was built in the early 19th century as defence against French and American privateers. The guide was well informed and happily explained the history of the battery and Martello Tower.

Entering the Martello Tower involves climbing a steep ladder to the entrance on the second floor, quite high above the ground. The living/sleeping quarters are on the second floor (entrance level). Below, down a winding staircase, there is the powder room and above the quarters another winding staircase leads to the top of the tower with the cannon.

Ness Battery is worth a visit especially for those interested in military history.

Thank Wandrin'Star
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Ness_Battery, Owner at Hackness Martello Tower, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2012

Hello. Thanks for the review, but you are reviewing the wrong site! Your excellent description is of the Martello Towers and HACKNESS Battery. We are Ness Battery near Stromness. Please can you remove your review? This will avoid any confusion. Thanks, Andy.

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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Certainly worth the drive across and the ferry fare. This was extremely well preserved, you would have thought it was the mid 1900s again and the occupants had not left. When I arrived the tour guide was showing a group around the tower, so there was no-one in the office. I caught up in the tower and followed them for a very interesting and informative tour.

It is more than the tower, there is the whole complex to have a wander around as well.

A reasonable £4.50 entrance fee.

Thank matt_from_nottingham
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Martello Towers do not on the whole excite the imagination but this one does and the guide is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic you cannot help but enjoy the visit. He was also very interactive with children who were there at the same time and enabled them to enjoy the visit as much as the adults. It affords wonderful views across the water and emphasises the strategic situation of the Orkney Islands throughout history.

Thank Marilyn F
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