Wideford Hill

[Dark clouds over Wideford Hill, seen from Highland Park distillery (photo from a few days later)]

Wideford Hill is one of the highest points on Orkney Mainland, providing great views of Shapinsay, Kirkwall and much of the surrounding countryside. Unusually, the top is directly accessible by a steep, narrow road, owing to the masts that scar the summit area. Touching the trig point hardly requires getting out of the car, but visiting the impressive chambered cairn on the hill's western flanks involves a little more effort.

[Wideford Hill chambered cairn]

📌 Wideford Hill ★☆☆ (225 metres, sub-2000')
Location: Minor road end 3 miles west of Kirkwall, G.R.: HY 412116 ///twisty.daunted.formal

📌 Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn ★☆☆
Location: About 500 metres north of Wideford Hill summit, G.R.: HY 419121 ///snapped.field.challenge
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? About half a mile of steep path from layby on hairpin bend just south of Wideford Hill summit. Entering the cairn involves descending a vertical ladder, and reaching the side chambers requires a crawl. The chamber is nearly pitch black inside, but Historic Environment Scotland had provided a torch near the entrance on our visit.

[Kirkwall from Wideford Hill summit]


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