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Hackness Martello Tower

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War preparation leaves a heavy footprint

All you need to know is on the internet. Very interesting place. Enthusiastic and knowlegable... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glynis98
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Super tour

How to make the most of an out-of-the-way site. Our guide David - along with his devoted collie... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2018
Guy F
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!!

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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

Thank Guy F
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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!

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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

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

A real gem, the guide made it seem so real. Explained everything clearly and had loads of knowledge not just about the site but about Hoy. Was very enthusiastic and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The site itself was fascinating from...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Included in the Orkney Visitors pack it's an interesting bit of (relatively) recent history. A guided tour is included in the price by (as usual in Orkney) a very knowledgeable guide. Steep steps and ladder!

Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Whilst not necessarily interested in the minutiae of military history, David brought to life the history of the Martello Tower and the Battery in such a way that I found the whole experience fascinating. Visiting the gun at the top of the tower, provided great...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We got there a couple of hours ahead of the last boat back to Mainland to find we were the first visitors of the day. Had expected to have seen all there was to see within 20 minutes, so were thoroughly impressed to still be...More

Thank CamAlMac
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

If you go to Hoy, don't miss the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery (although it's not well signposted so it's easy to miss!). Fascinating place with an excellent, friendly and knowledgeable custodian who gave us an interesting tour of the Battery and Tower. On a...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Not obvious, but a genuinely fascinating place and guided tour. Top quality all round. Not to be missed, as is the south end of Hoy. Don't just visit Lyness (excellent though the museum there is) but head south to Longhope and Hackness. You'll enjoy....

Thank GilliesMac
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FloaterCM
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.
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