Walk: Seabirds & shipwrecks - Marwick Head

Orkney Mainland | Marwick | Short walk | ★★★

[Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial]

In 1916, the HMS Hampshire hit a mine offshore from Marwick Head, on the western side of Orkney Mainland. Only 12 of the 600 crew survived, and today the Kitchener Memorial stands in memory on the clifftop. In summer the atmospheric location is also home to thousands of seabirds, painting the black rock white with guano. May and June are probably the best months to visit, starting from the attractive Marwick Bay.

[Marwick Bay]

📌 Walk: Seabirds & shipwrecks - Marwick Head ★★★
Start / finish at car park at Marwick Bay, minor road end 1 mi west of Marwick village, Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 229242 ///nurse.should.risky

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Marwick Bay; RSPB Marwick Head; Kitchener Memorial
Terrain: Turf paths, sometimes steep and near cliff edges; minor road from Mid Comloquoy.

Route & map

Car park - Kitchener Memorial and Marwick Head via coast path - Mid Comloquoy - north end of Marwick Bay - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Airborne puffins; fulmars and chicks; various other seabirds in small numbers.
Weather: Mostly sunny, but a strong northerly wind with temperatures only just into double figures.

[Houses on the return route have a stunning outlook over Marwick Bay]

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