Accessibility at Onziebust

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.
  • There is no overnight accomodation available on the island.

How to get here

By train

There is no public transport available.

By bus

There is no public transport available.

By road

There is a road network on Egilsay, but the roads are narrow and distances are small. To reach the reserve, drive up from the pier to the crossroads (0.5 miles / 0.7km) and either park at the Community Centre, or turn right and follow the road south along the centre of the island. The reserve lies to either side of this road.

The roads on Egilsay are not suitable for coaches.

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

Egilsay is reached by a roll on-roll off ferry from Tingwall on Mainland Orkney, 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

Nature trails access
  • Although the trail towards the beach is mainly level, the rough track is unsurfaced, uneven and narrow in places. The walk towards Onziebust Farm is along a narrow, single-track, surfaced road with hills in places.
  • There is a bench at the beach on the eastern edge of the reserve.
  • There are three wide farm gates and a smaller pedestrian gate on the trail to the beach.
  • 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 - 15 August) and when livestock are grazing on the reserve, we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead, and please clean up after your dog.