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Graham Uney has chosen 15 of the best short walks on the Orkney Islands. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


The best time to fully enjoy the wildlife on these islands is May to July, but the scenery is spectacular year round and the archaeological sites are quieter off-season.


Kirkwall, Stromness, Rousay, Hoy, Westray, Eday, Stronsay


The walks in this book are easy to follow and mostly on good paths, but there are sections that are pathless, and occasionally boggy, especially after rain. None of the clifftop walks have fences or barriers so care is needed.

Must See

The Neolithic village site of Skara Brae; the Old Man of Hoy; the lovely old town of Kirkwall; the seabird cities of Marwick Head and Noup Head; spectacular coastal cliff scenery and stunning sandy beaches; Mid Howe Broch and Chambered Cairn on the island of Rousay
27 May 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .60cm

15 of the best short walks on the Orkney Islands, including Kirkwall Town, Skara Brae, Brough of Deerness, Marwick Head, Stromness, the Old Man of Hoy, Graemsay, Rousay, Eday, Westray and Stronsay. 

Most walks are under 4 hours in duration and between 3.5km and 10.5km, so they're perfect if you're new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

  • Easy-to-read OS maps, clear route descriptions and lots of images
  • Many walks are accessible by public transport, but some require private transport
  • Information on local beauty spots and refreshment stops
  • GPX files available for download
  • Compactly sized to fit in a jacket pocket

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By Graham Uney

Graham runs Graham Uney Mountaineering from his home in Bampton in the Lake District where he offers skills courses for walkers and climbers, along with providing a range of qualifications for the national governing body Mountain Training. Graham also offers guided walking holidays in the UK, and treks in Nepal. Graham has had 19 books published to date. He is a freelance journalist and photographer.Outside work Graham enjoys learning to play the guitar, live music, travel, and dog walking.

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