From Orphir the final stage of the pilgrimage, to St Magnus Cathedral again follows the coast as much as possible – though this time the gentler waters of Scapa Flow, the largest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere. Our theme for this final stage is Hospitality – reflecting on the place of feasting in the medieval world and our own mealtime traditions as well as the place of welcome afforded Magnus in Kirkwall, and the reception we ourselves anticipate. We retrace our steps to Nearhouse and then follow the road to Waulkmill.
From this RSPB bird reserve we walk along the coast past Griffyelt and Hesti Geo to Scapa Beach then on the Crantit Trail to Kirkwall. Rather than going straight to the cathedral we head to the Harbour, for the Cathedral once marked the waterfront, and pass the site of St Olaf’s Kirk where he was first taken, before approaching the Cathedral from the north.