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This RSPB Scotland nature reserve offers a wealth of wildlife watching opportunities alongside the iconic Ring of Brodgar. Could there be a more spellbinding and mystical setting?
This reserve surrounds the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar. Visit during the summer and hear the unmistakable call of the curlews and the drumming of the snipe. You should also be able to see lapwings, dunlins, redshanks and oystercatchers and look out for finches and skylarks while following the circular path.
Everywhere you look there's wildlife, and wildfowl including shovelers, teals and mallards, all of which breed nearby. Guided walks are available at certain times of the year and are pitched at a family-friendly level and the walking is on even footpaths.
For more information on the accessibility of this reserve please visit: https://www.accessibilityguides.org/content/rspb-scotland-brodgar
This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Please contact the reserve for further information on access for dogs.
Please note that livestock graze on parts of this site. They are doing an important job, helping to create the ideal conditions for rare and threatened wildlife.
By car - from Stromness or Kirkwall, take the A965 toward Finstown and turn (left from Stromness or right from Kirkwall) onto the B9055 (signposted for Ring of Brodgar). Parking available 1.2 miles (2 km) along this road on the right.
By bus - take the number 91. Ask driver to drop at Ring of Brodgar stop. Walk along A965 to signposted turn for Ring of Brodgar (B9055)
By train - Stop at Thurso. Take the bus to Scrabster and then the Hamnavoe ferry to Stromness.
Transport and Parking
On Public Transport Route
Suitable for visitors with limited mobility
Partial wheelchair access
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