An inland walk to the heart of the West Mainland.

Locations Standing Stone
Length10.2 miles (16.6 km)
TerrainGentle road and track walking with some inclines but no steep sections.
Total ascent184m
Boardhouse road section4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Beaquoy road section1.6 miles (2.5 km)
Total off road3.9 miles (6.6 km)
Time4-6 hours

The second stage, from Birsay to Dounby, follows the journey of Magnus’s bones, some twenty years later, as they were moved from St Magnus Kirk to St Olaf’s Kirk in Kirkwall, awaiting the completion of the cathedral that bears his name. Our theme for this stage of the journey is Growth – reflecting on the growth of the cult of Magnus in the years following his death and in the shifting base of power from West to East in Orkney, as well as in our own stories of growth. The tradition of Mansie Stanes, continues with one still visible at Strathyre. The route, mainly on road takes us past the Loch of Boardhouse, around Greeny Hill to Dounby. You can also download a detailed route description and gpx file for use with mapping software.

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