Accessibility at The Loons and Loch of Banks

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By bus

Bus route 8 passes the Marwick end of the road along which The Loons Hide and Listening Wall is situated. From there it is a short walk to The Loons Hide (0.3 miles/0.5 km) or the Listening Wall (0.7 miles/1 km). Bus route 7 passes directly by The Loch of Banks. Up to date travel information can be found on travelinescotland.com.

By bike

Cycle route 1 of the National Cycle Network passes by the Marwick end of the road on which the Loons Hide and Listening Wall are situated. Follow the brown tourist signs for the reserve along the minor road that connects the B9056 and A986. The Loch of Banks is sandwiched between the A986 and A967, just south of Twatt church.

By road

The Loons Hide and Listening Wall are on the minor road that connects the B9056 and A986, north of the Loch of Isbister. Brown tourist signs direct you to the reserve from either end of the road. The Loch of Banks is sandwiched between the A986 and A967, just south of Twatt church. There are no viewing facilities at the Loch of Banks – please pull off the road safely if you are stopping to view the birds.

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: visitorkney.com  Tel: 01856 872856.

Access to facilities

Viewing points
  • The Loons Hide, at the northern edge of The Loons nature reserve, has a ramp which leads directly from the car park to the hide entrance.
  • A section of seating can be moved to accommodate a wheelchair.
Dogs
  • 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 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.