The second section of the St Magnus Way launches on Saturday 27th May as part of the Orkney Folk Festival. We begin at the St Magnus Kirk with a concert at 10am, followed by the walk beginning at 11.15am.

Tickets for the concert, featuring songs from David McNeish, Sarah Jane Gibbon, Ragnhild Hemsing and James Watson on Hardanger fiddle are still available here. You don't have to attend the concert to take part in the walk and there are four mile and ten mile walking options available.

The full route passes the only Mansie Stane still standing at Strathyre as well as the Mansie Well, Barony Mill and the lochs of Boardhouse, Hundland and Sabiston before approaching Dounby from Beaquoy. The walking is much easier than the first section, about two thirds is on road, with the other third on grassy right of way tracks and we finish with refreshments at Milestone Community Church. It is a pilgrimage walk so we will be stopping en route at various points of interest and aim to be at Milestone by 4pm

The shorter walk takes in the Mill and the Well as well as the links before returning via the Community Centres and graveyard, passing the Birsay Bay Tearoom and Palace Stores, should you need refreshment or provisions.

For parking, please park at Milestone Kirk and lift share out to Birsay, a 15 minute drive. For those attending the concert, be at Milestone by 9.30, for those not attending the concert, be there by 10.45. Once in Birsay, if there is no parking left at the Palace and shore, drop your passengers and then park at the new Community Hall and we will shuttle you back down to the Palace.

If you have any further questions about the weekend, please contact us.

Published on May 20th 2017

This project is being part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme

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