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Hackness Martello Tower
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US$40.43*
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Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Hoy
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Elgin
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68 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Disappointed.”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Very disappointed. Closed?! On the October holidays?! Historic Scotland - why on earth would you close during Scottish holidays?!

Was soooooooo looking forward to this. Don't get me wrong, it was amazing from the outside, but HUGE disappointment not being able to go in.

Visited October 2013
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Gloucestershire
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73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unexpected visit”
Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

Visiting family in the Orkneys we were on Hoy and were told to visit the Martello tower, very interesting and worthwhile nice views from the top of the bay and sorrounding area, really interesting and fun guide made the tour very worthwhile for the whole family.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Allow loads of time”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

The warden who showed us around was brilliant. He made the history of the place come alive. We had no idea how much Hoy meant to the military over the centuries.

Visited August 2013
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Not neolithic”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Most of the stuff to see in Orkney is neolithic and there is a lot of it. But this is completely different. Built originally in the Napoleonic Wars and used during the first and second world wars due to its strategic position near Scappa Flow. Mike the custodian gave a full, humorous and fascinating tour of the barracks and the tower. He clearly has taken the trouble to go beyond the basic facts and was able to fill provide a highly entertaining tour that described not only what was present but the way that the forces stationed fitted in here and much further afar. To be honest I didnt expect Hackness Martello Tower to be very interesting and nearly didnt go since it necessitated a trip to Hoy, which was expensive with the car. How glad I am that took the trouble.
It was one of the most interesting parts of our visit to Orkney.

Visited September 2013
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great for families”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

This was the second time we have visited this excellent Historic Scotland site. This time round, with our 8 year old daughter, we were pleasantly surprised to find the same humorous and informative custodian as our previous visit 10 years ago! Both the Martello Tower and the Barracks, still in original layout, have a really interesting history and our daughter loved trying on the replica uniforms and hats covering all eras of the site's history. This place is well worth visiting.

Visited August 2013
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