Accessibility at Mill Dam, Shapinsay

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By train

There is no public transport on Shapinsay.

By bus

There is no public transport on Shapinsay.

By road

The hide is 1 mile (1.6 km) from the pier. Travel through Balfour village and take the left hand turn at Burnside to reach the hide.

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

Shapinsay is reached by a roll on-roll off ferry from Kirkwall, which can take passengers and vehicles. Visit for information.

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
5 spaces
1 Blue Badge spaces

Tarmac surface.

Nature trails access

Wide, Tarmac-surfaced 50 m track from the car park to the hide.

  • 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.