• Walking in Hoy, Orkney

Walking

Stretch your legs, fill your lungs with fresh island air and take in the stunning views. With mile upon mile of beautiful rolling countryside, breathtaking coastlines, and countless pristine beaches, Orkney is a paradise for walkers of all ages and abilities.

Much of Orkney is low lying, making it an ideal place to pull on a pair of walking boots and tackle a trail or two. There are excellent options on the Orkney mainland, with a walk along the west coast a must and the route around Mull Head in the east highly recommended too.

Islands like Stronsay and Sanday offer quiet roads and peaceful scenery, whereas places like Hoy and Rousay are perfect for the more adventurous, with steep climbs, moorland and craggy cliffs on the agenda. Westray and South Ronaldsay have some excellent coastal trails, and Eday offers solitude, history, wildlife and more.

No matter where you go, you'll be greeted with stunning scenery and plenty of historical sites to enjoy en-route.

Follow one of the walking routes suggested by the excellent Walk Highlands team, or just head out to explore and see what the day brings. Check out our Coastal Walks video below for added inspiration!

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