Are you planning on tackling Orkney’s magnificent multi-stage walking route, the St Magnus Way this year? If so, a brand-new guidebook full of maps, images and visitor information is available now to help you on your way.
The St Magnus Way was launched as part of Orkney’s ‘Magnus 900’ commemorations in 2017, marking the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of Magnus, the patron saint of the islands. Made up of six separate stages, the 58-mile trail takes in the island of Egilsay, some spectacular coastline, vibrant villages and views over Scapa Flow.
It was joined in 2022 by the St Magnus Way Cycle Route, a mainly road-based circuit at just over 60 miles that’s designed to cater for all levels of ability and fitness.
The new guidebook, published by Rucksack Readers, features step-by-step directions with detailed mapping, illustrated sections on history, geology and wildlife, and plenty of facts about points of interest en-route, including distilleries, museums and Orkney’s World Heritage Site.
It also includes information on refreshment stops, accommodation and other facilities available for walkers and cyclists.
The book’s author, Orkney-based doctor David Mazza, is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, and is also a Trustee of Orkney Pilgrimage, the group behind the St Magnus Way. He said: “The easy part was discovering the joy of walking St Magnus Way. With my wife Rose, I followed the Way in sections, sometimes wild camping, other times as day trips from our home in Stromness.
“Our minds wandered, we saw amazing wildlife and the experience turned into our own kind of pilgrimage. Now that the book is published, I hope it will help readers to share the intensely rewarding experience of completing St Magnus Way.”
As well as the excellent new guidebook, the route is fully waymarked and the St Magnus Way website has a wealth of information available, including audio guides. There is also an app to help you navigate the Way and its stories too.