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.


We've given a star rating to every place we've visited, to help you prioritise if you're visiting for a limited time:

★★★★★ one of the very best / unmissable
★★★★ one of the best
★★★ very interesting
★★ interesting
minor site

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). The same applies for walk ratings (e.g. a walk passing a museum will be rated independently of the museum).


Walks are roughly categorised by time and difficulty. In all cases, these categorisations should apply to an average person with a good level of fitness, in normal (summer) conditions, and include breaks. Extra time should be allowed in adverse conditions, such as during winter or poor visibility.

Short walks typically take less than 2 hours
Half day walks typically take between 2 and 5 hours
Full day walks typically take more than 5 hours

Easy walks are generally fairly short, with good underfoot conditions and gentle gradients
Moderate walks involve longer distances, some rougher terrain and / or some steeper gradients
Tough walks typically include rough, pathless or boggy terrain and plenty of ascent / descent. A little scrambling (using hands) may be involved, but this will be indicated under the "Terrain" heading
Very tough walks offer something unusually challenging: for example, exceptional distance (for a day walk), sustained scrambling or very long pathless sections

Distances (▶), ascent (▲) and route maps are rough estimates compiled after the walk was completed, and shouldn't be used as a sole means of navigation. Walks with somewhere to eat or drink on the route (including at the start) are tagged with a "refreshments available" label at the bottom of the page.

If the walk's route map appears blank or shows entire continents, the map may be zoomed in or out too far. You can zoom in and out using the plus / minus symbols near the top left of the map.

Be responsible

We all have a duty to look after the places we explore in Scotland. This includes taking away all of our litter, taking care not to damage the natural or built environment, and adhering to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code - which covers where we can go and how to behave while doing so. Please make sure you are familiar with the code before you go on a trip, by reading the guides on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

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Castle Tioram, West Highlands


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