Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

Hackness, South Walls, Orkney, KW16 3PQ

01856 701727


Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.


The loose gravel car park is level.

Approach to site

The tower is about 15m from the car park across a road and grassed area.

The visitor centre is a further 200m down a gravel road (with cattle grid) and across a grassed area.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is in the barracks. There is a slight threshold into the building, but it is then level inside.


The tower is reached via a set of very narrow and steep metal steps (with handrail).

Inside are a basement level and upper level, both of which are reached via a narrow stone staircase.

Access to the top of the tower is via a metal ladder (with handrail).

Entry to the barracks is over a small threshold. The interior is on the level.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Hackness Tower and Battery, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Opening times

Visit is by guided tour (10.15am, 12 noon & 2.30pm), and you must book online in advance to guarantee entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Mon to Thur: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:


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