South Ronaldsay and Burray

South Ronaldsay and Burray

South Ronaldsay and Burray are easy of access, being linked to Orkney mainland by roads over the Churchill Barriers - a series of causeways originally built to defend the navy base at Scapa Flow from attack from the east.

South Ronaldsay is the larger island, its attractive stone-built capital St Margaret's Hope served by car ferries from Gil's Bay on the Scottish mainland (there is also a passenger ferry to Brough from John o' Groats in summer). Walks here vary from sandy beaches and explorations of the Scapa Flow defences from World War Two, to a fine clifftop walk taking in much of the eastern coastline. Burray is a much smaller island; from here you can explore Hunda - linked by a concrete causeway - or visit the celebrated Italian chapel on Lamb Holm - connected by the Churchill barriers.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Hoxa Head, South Ronaldsay grade2.7km 1 hour
Brough Ness circuit, Burwick, South Ronaldsay grade5.75km 2 hours
Sands of Wright, South Ronaldsay grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Hunda Reef, Burray gradegrade12.6km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
East Coast walk, South Ronaldsay gradegrade14.5km 4 - 5.5 hours

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Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.