Middling fun on Mainland's Mid Tooin

Sub 2000s: Milldoe (Mid Tooin)

Date walked: 09/05/2019

Time taken: 1.75 hours

Distance: 5.16km

Ascent: 122m

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The most unremarkable of Orkney Mainland's unremarkable Marilyns is Mid Tooin, most easily got to with a walk up the track from Graemeshall to the transmitter on Fibla Fiold and then a bog-trot over to the summit which is marked by a wonky fence stab about 50m from the trig point.

I'd been suffering from shingles for nearly two months and, with a holiday in Mull approaching, thought I'd see just how fit I was with my first hillwalk since the start of March. After a dry, cold spell in Orkney, I reckoned I could try to make it more interesting by starting from the high point of the road that crosses the hills between Norseman Village and Harray.

Several old, worn tracks reach out into the moorland, most ending after a few hundred yards at old peat workings that have seen little or no action in recent years.

The start of the track

From the top of the track it was out into open hillside and ground that would in normal (wet) circumstances be pretty unpleasant. This time it was just a bit of a pain in the backside trying to keep to ground that didn't actually bounce when you trod on it.

I battled my way up to the top of Milldoe's first summit - the curiously named Ernie Tooin - in about 20 minutes, the views south towards the Hoy Hills opening up.

Looking south towards Hoy from Ernie Tooin

From there there was a slight descent before heading across to Tooin of Rusht, the way made easier by several dried out lochans.

Dried out lochan on Milldoe

This can be a good area to see red-throated divers, but the lochans that were still there were dominated by greylag geese - rapidly becoming a pest in Orkney.

View over to Fibla Fiold from Tooin of Rusht

From Tooin of Rusht it looks like an easy stroll through the heather to Mid Tooin following the fence, but this is one part of the hill waterlogged even in dry conditions, so some detours to find firmer ground were necessary before heading over to the summit.

Normally I'd say "follow the fence. . . "

Hardly worthy of a summit selfie, but after two months off, I'm doing it anyway

I had wondered about heading south and then east back to the road, but with time ticking before I had to pick up my wife and catch the ferry to Gills Bay, I headed straight back the way I'd come. Puffing and wheezing a bit, but happy I was fit enough to get out and about a bit on holiday in Mull.

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Place: Westray
Ambition: Finish Orkney's Marilyns

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