Accessibility at Hobbister

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By bus

Bus route 2 runs along the A964 past the reserve regularly throughout the day. Up to date travel information can be found on

By bike

Cycle route 1 of the National Cycle Network runs along the A964 directly to the reserve.

By road

The reserve is 3.1 miles (5 km) west of Kirkwall off the A964. The main access points are from the car park at Grid Ref HY395069 or from the car park at Waulkmill Bay at Grid Ref HY382068.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

For flights and ferry information to Orkney, contact VisitOrkney at West Castle Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1GU. Website: Tel: 01856 872856.

Access to facilities

Nature trails access
  • The track is very rough and often wet and muddy with steep incline up a peat bank.
  • Stile at Waulkmill Bay entrance.
  • This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.