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 - you can often get a bus (book outwith the summer months) to the Dwarfie Stane which reduces the road walking substantially.
Minor roads, moorland path, extremely steep ascent/descent on pathless heather moorland, navigation skills needed
Passenger ferry to Hoy from Stromness, vehicle ferry from Houton. Rackwick bus from Moaness Pier will stop at Dwarfie Stane but booking advisable.
Moaness Pier, Hoy.
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 Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
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