Quoyness Cairn, Sanday

Quoyness Cairn is an 5000 year old large chambered burial cairn - one of the most impressive in Scotland, and similar in style to Maes Howe though less grand in construction. Situated next to the sea on Els Ness this out-and-back route, described from Lady, also takes in the Little Sea, popular with wading birds. It is possible to greatly shorten the walk by driving it as far as a parking area on the Quoy Ayre.


Farm track and country roads. Low, narrow passageway into the cairn.

Public Transport

Daily, ferries and flights to Sanday from Kirkwall, local bus meets ferry in summer and by arrangement in winter.


Lady village, parking near Heritage Centre. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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