The second stage, from Birsay to Douby, 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 jouney 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.
An inland walk to the heart of the West Mainland.
|Length||10.2 miles/ 16.6km|
|Terrain||Gentle road and track walking with some inclines but no steep section|
|Boardhouse road section||4.7 miles / 7.5km|
|Beaquoy road section||1.6 miles / 2.5km|