A short, easy walk linking the historical sites on the island.

Locations Public Convenience Caution
Length3.5 miles (5.6 km)
TerrainEasy minor road and track walking. Access to the beach is across a short steep section of pebbles.
Total ascent62m
Total off road1 mile (1.6km)
Time2 hours (plus ferry)

The island of Egilsay marks the place where Magnus was martyred. Our theme is Peace - thinking about the sacrifice Magnus made for the sake of peace in Orkney and our present need for peace in the midst of conflict.

The route is short and easy in comparison to the other sections, linking the pier with the community centre, and the three key historical sites of the Magnus memorial, beach and St Magnus Kirk. You can download a detailed route description and gpx file for use with mapping software.

Getting to and from Egilsay takes most of a day - Orkney Ferries run a service departing three times a day from Tingwall, via Rousay to Egilsay. The lunchtime boat is a request service, which needs booked the day before by phoning TIngwall on +44 (0)1856 751360. The pilgrimage route is easily done in a morning or afternoon and you can choose to also visit the RSPB reserve or spend a half day in Rousay as well.

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