[Waulkmill Bay, Orkney Mainland]

Searching for places to visit

If you're looking for info about a particular place, you can see if it's featured by using the search bar at the top of the page. If it's not, we probably haven't got round to visiting it yet. If you're searching for places to explore in a specific geographical area, have a look at the Map.


Each place on the blog has a star rating, to help you prioritise if you're visiting for a limited time:

★★★★ one of the very best / unmissable
 one of the best
 very interesting
★☆☆☆☆ minor site
no rating = not visited

Ratings are subjective and are irrespective of cost etc. Ratings for cities, towns & villages are for the town itself (i.e. not its tourist attractions, which are rated separately).


Walks are roughly categorised (on the Map page) according to how long they should take an average walker:

  • Short walks: under 2 hours
  • Half day walks: 2-5 hours
  • Full day walks: over 5 hours

Distances, ascent and route maps are rough approximations, compiled after the walk was completed, and shouldn't be used as a sole means of navigation. Timings are rough estimates based on average walking speed in normal conditions, including breaks. Allow extra time in winter conditions, poor visibility etc. Walks are not categorised according to difficulty, but info on individual walk posts should help with that. If there are places to eat or drink somewhere on the route (including at the start), the walk will have a "refreshments available" tag at the bottom of the page.

If the walk's route map appears blank, the map may be zoomed in further than the map resolution allows. Try zooming out using the minus symbol near the top left of the map.

[Castle Tioram, West Highlands]


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