A lochside walk and rare Orkney woodland trail.

Locations Public Convenience
Length10.3 miles (16.6 km)
TerrainMostly gentle road walking with few inclines, some track walking through field and woodland.
Total ascent130m
North Bigging road section3 miles (4.8 km)
Merkister to Refuge road section4.6 miles (7.4 km)
Total off road2.7 miles (4.4 km)
Time4-6 hours

The third stage continues to follow the Mans Stanes traditions, leaving Dounby via North Bigging to Harray Loch, past St Michael’s Kirk on to Winksetter and the Loch of Wasdale, leading finally through Binscarth Wood to Finstown. The theme for this stage is Change – reflecting on the changing landscape and ways of life over the centuries as well as our own often conflicting attitudes to change as something both welcomed and feared. 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