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A beautiful but lethal walk

There is a lovely walk to the head from the sadly closed tea rooms. It was a glorious day when we... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
David R
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Visiting the WW1 and WW2 look out posts. Well worth the walk up the hill and over to the cliff... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2015
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Hoxa, Scotland
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

I didn't expect to find concrete remains so exciting! I first visited Hoxa Head and Balfour Battery in September 2017 and was taken in by the signs warning not to go in/on the crumbling ruins of the gun batteries and director towers. It was probably...More

Thank Frances1919
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Wish I'd read some reviews first. The walk straight up the hill from the car park would have been enough, we could have seen the WW2 ruins and gone back. But, oh no, my husband wanted to do the circular walk, which starts out nice...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

There is a lovely walk to the head from the sadly closed tea rooms. It was a glorious day when we did the walk and we followed the cliff path looking over hoxa sound passing reminders of the war. Arriving at the end we stopped...More

2  Thank David R
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Stunning views at this significant WW1/2 site... so that alone repeats the journey via vehicle and foot, but the signage about the site could be better.

Thank DACampton
Reviewed 17 September 2015

A fantastic walk along the coastline, and a look into the past defences of Scapa Flow and the Balfour coast battery. The old concrete bunkers are still in situ(no guns), and you can go inside some of them, look out and imagine what it was...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

During the Second World War the Balfour Battery, which included gun and searchlight emplacements and observation towers, was constructed on Hoxa Head. It overlooked one of the main approaches to Scapa Flow, a major strategic base for the British Navy during both World Wars. As...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Visiting the WW1 and WW2 look out posts. Well worth the walk up the hill and over to the cliff edges. Allow a couple of hours to walk around and see the derelict site. Nice views across the bay also. There is a small tea...More

Thank saw88
Reviewed 7 July 2015

There are some amazing remnant gun emplacements to see along this cliff-top walk and also some great views. However, what is advertised as a circular walk no longer appears to be so as there is now a perimeter fence all around and the path the...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed 15 October 2014

Fabulous circular walk not too hard but breath-taking view over Flotta Island. Some part goes through cliff top where we saw the Pentland Ferry very closely. Plenty rooms for cars to park. The tea room and the tapestry gallery are perfectly positioned so we could...More

Thank David G
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