Facilities at Marwick Head

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

No visitor centre on-site.

Car park
  • Ample car parking at Marwick Bay.
  • Alternative car parking for around 6 cars at Cumlaquoy.
  • No height restrictions.
  • No lighting.

Nearest toilets, without accessible facilities, are at Palace Village in Birsay, 4 miles (6.5 km) away. Open 24 hours.

Accessible toilets

The nearest RADAR scheme accessible toilets are at the Bay of Skaill, 4.1 miles (6.6km) to the south of the reserve.


Nearest food outlets in Birsay or Skara Brae, both 4 miles (6.5km) away.


No shop facilities on-site.

Guided walks
Viewing point

The low-tide lagoon called the Choin at Marwick Bay attracts a wide range of wading birds and ducks which can easily be seen from the car park

Nature trails
  • There is an information board at the Marwick car park and a second car park near Cumlaquoy, which offers the shortest route to the Kitchener Memorial. There is a spectacular walk from the car park along the bay, up the cliffs to the Kitchener memorial and back.
  • Circular walk, 2.5 miles (4 km) from Marwick Bay to the cliff top and return along single track roads.
    A shorter walk, 0.5 miles (0.8km) one way, to the clifftop can be accessed from the Cumlaquoy car park.
Educational facilities

The Orkney RSPB field teacher uses the reserve for education visits throughout the year.