Ward Hill and the Dwarfie Stane, Hoy

Visit the remarkable rock-cut tomb of the Dwarfie Stane before making an extremely steep ascent of Ward Hill to reach the highest point on Orkney. The return is via the glen path. The route is described as a circuit from Moaness Pier where the passenger ferry from Stromness arrives.


Minor roads, moorland path, extremely steep ascent/descent on pathless heather moorland, navigation skills needed

Public Transport

Passenger ferry to Hoy from Stromness, vehicle ferry from Houton.


Moaness Pier, Hoy. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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