A poignant memorial to more than 200 people who lost their lives off the coast of Orkney's east mainland in the late 1600s.

This towering structure sits high on the cliffs overlooking the head of Scarvataing in Deerness. The stone tower was built in 1888 to commemorate two hundred Covenanters who perished in a shipwreck more than two centuries earlier.

They were prisoners from the Battle of Bothwell Brig and were being taken to North America to serve as slaves as punishment. They were locked below decks of their ship, the 'Crown of London', for the long passage, but tragedy struck on the 10th of December, 1679.

Sheltering from a storm in Orkney, the vessel was driven onto rocks. A handful of the prisoners escaped, but most were trapped in the hold and were killed.

The memorial is a special place to visit, and sits in a beautiful part of Orkney. It gives visitors the chance for a short walk and some quiet reflection, but the route also continues on to Mull Head, the Brough of Deerness and the Gloup for those feeling fit. The circuit features some of Orkney's finest coastal scenery and wildlife.