Marwick Head RSPB
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Kitchener Memorial atop the cliffs
The RSPB calls the cliffs at Marwick Head a 'seabird city', giving some indication of just how many birds make this imposing area of red sandstone cliffs their home. It is the largest seabird colony in a cliff location on Orkney. In a one-mile-long stretch of the coast up to 25,000 seabirds breed. The best time of year to enjoy the bird life is during May and June, but there is always something to see.
You can also descend to the beach at Marwick, where low tide exposes a lagoon known as The Choin, where you can find waders and ducks. Inland is an area of low-lying meadows for more birds.
There are 2 car parks. One at Cumlaquoy offers the quickest route to the Kitchener Memorial. The main car park at Marwick offers the best access to the beach.
About Marwick Head RSPB
Address: Birsay, Mainland, Orkney, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: On a minor road 11 miles north of Stromness, south of Birsay. Park at Cumlaquoy.
Website: Marwick Head RSPB
Phone: 01856 850176
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Kitchener Memorial, Marwick Head - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
St Magnus Church, Birsay - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Birsay Earl's Palace - 2.4 miles (Historic Building)
Brough of Birsay - 2.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Skiba Geo & Birsay Whalebone - 2.8 miles (Countryside)
Longaglebe Geo - 3.3 miles (Countryside)
Kirbuster Museum - 3.7 miles (Museum)
Skara Brae Prehistoric Village - 3.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Marwick Head RSPB:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Marwick Head RSPB. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
The Travel Centre
West Castle Street
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01856 872 856
Fax: 01856 875 056