Accessibility at Marwick Head

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By bus

Route 8 passes close to the Choin car park - alight at the road end by the brown tourist sign for RSPB Marwick Head just before Marwick and there is a 0.8 mile (1.3 km) walk to the car park at the Choin. Up to date travel information can be found on

By bike

The reserve is close to Route 1 of the National Cycle Network. Follow the brown tourist sign at for RSPB Marwick Head just before Marwick.

By road

Marwick Head is about 11 miles (17.6 km) north of Stromness, off the B9056 between Skaill and Birsay.

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

Car parking
  • Marwick Bay car park has a rough, hardcore surface.
  • Cumlaquoy car park has a rough surface.
Nature trails access
  • The path up to the cliff top on this reserve is grassy with some steep inclines.
  • It can be wet and slippery.
  • One seat on trail near the Choin.
  • Two narrow kissing gates on second half of the trail.
  • 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) we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.