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Explore mighty coastal defences built to protect merchant shipping interests during the Napoleonic Wars. These rare and well-preserved military remains never saw action.

What to see and do

  • Look out from the Martello Tower towards Crockness Tower, enjoying views across Longhope Sound to Scapa Flow
  • Get up close to the battery – the remarkable and rare survival is full of interesting features
  • Explore the rooms inside Martello Tower and imagine what life was like for those stationed here
  • See evidence of barracks life – including barrack room furniture and other military memorabilia
  • Hackness and surrounding area is a haven for bird spotting? Give our bird bingo a go when visiting us
Historic Scotland

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This site is closed until Spring 2021. We’re working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while making sure the experience is safe for everyone.


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