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Hackness Martello Tower

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is one of the very few Martello Towers in Britain that it is possible to visit, and if you are on Hoy it would be a mistake not to take the opportunity. The site consists of the barracks as well as the tower, and...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is remote, but worth the effort to get to it. There are barracks from the Napoleonic period, and, though not guaranteed, a guide can take you round, and is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The road to the site travels along the shore where...More

Thank MathildeGalashiels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the car over to Hoy as we were not sure if there would be enough to see and do apart from the Scapa Flow Museum. After an excellent visit there we decided to drive on to see the Hackness Martello Tower. We were...More

Thank MurielA47
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the tower during a day trip to Hoy, mainly because it was on our Explorer pass. However we were treated to an excellent tour of what is a textbook example of a Martello tower with our guide David. It proved to be well...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 16 May 2017

On a day trip to the island of Hoy we visited Hackness Martello Tower and Battery and were pleasantly surprised to find such an interesting site. On our arrival we were met by the Custodian David, and we joined a small group for a really...More

Thank fraserrobertson
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

I must confess, we weren't actually due to visit the Martello tower. Not being a fan of military things usually I didn't think I would be interested. I was wrong. This is principally down to one thing, David, the guide. The tower is way down...More

Thank davetlg
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Early season, we were only the 2nd set of visitors of the day when we arrived at midday. The gentleman gave us an excellent guided tour of the battery, we hadn't booked or expected this. The Martello tower is currently shut as the entrance is...More

Thank Sheffieldrose
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Hackness Martello Tower is one of a pair [the other, Crockness, is under private ownership & not available to view] built during the Napoleonic wars and is an incredible feat of military engineering. The entrance is up a high open tread metal stairway which can...More

1  Thank MrsJosephineJones
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Definitely worth the drive. Tower is visible from the ferry landing and the adjacent buildings and gun emplacements which date from the early 19th century are well preserved. You will need to be able to climb a steep ladder with hand rails to get up...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

...But turned out to be fascinating. Interesting tour of the barracks then a very interesting tour of the tower - the powder store, the accommodation, the water filtration system then a trip up to the gun turret to see how the gunners avoided contaminating the...More

Thank adrkerr
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Can I get there using public transport?
13 February 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.