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Amazing guided tour!

The Historic Scotland leaflet and Rough Guide description gave the impression there wasn't much to... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Emma H
Exeter, United Kingdom
Truly worth a visit, interesting and inspiring.

The tower is only part of the story. The history of the site is so interesting and Glen the guide... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

The Historic Scotland leaflet and Rough Guide description gave the impression there wasn't much to see here, so we nearly gave it a miss on a packed day trip to Hoy. But so glad we didn't. We had a brilliant guided tour by David, who's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

The tower is only part of the story. The history of the site is so interesting and Glen the guide is inspirational with his broad knowledge of the area.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

This place is pretty good. The guy who showed us around was excellent. However not masses to see and not too many written records to give that bit of extra info. Well worth the visit but certainly not a full day out!!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Hidden down at southern tip of the dramatic island of Hoy, is a hidden gem. Hackeness Martello Tower and Battery is a fantastic place. I cannot praise our tour guide, David, enough. What a friendly, knowledgeable and engaging gentlemen. The history of the battery and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Claire A
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

A great place full of history and knowledge to absorb thorough the words of a fantastic, dedicated guide who deserves all your attention.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Our visit to Hackness Martello Tower exceeded our expectations. The guided tour provided by David was excellent and gave us much more of an understanding of the site than we would otherwise have had. He took the time and care to engage my two children...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

All you need to know is on the internet. Very interesting place. Enthusiastic and knowlegable guide. The access is not for the faint hearted, especially if there is a strong wind blowing!!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

How to make the most of an out-of-the-way site. Our guide David - along with his devoted collie Jay-Jay - made our tour fascinating. Alongside the Martello tower there are the barrack rooms, which David brought to life, and, of course, the super views. A...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Squire2014
Reviewed 28 December 2017

A short car trip from the ferry landing on Hoy, this is a must see attraction. The history and purpose of this structure and its encampment is very interesting. he views from the top of the tower are stunning!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank FloydBaran
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

What a view from the tower stunning! A great guided tour through the tower and the Hackness Battery with its own history and story . Well worth the stop and the fantastic ferry ride to get there . Awesome Hoy

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.