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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Trek and Travel

15-17 Bridge St, Kirkwall KW15 1HR, UK – 01856 874505

Women in shop helped us to find an other shop to buy something would recommend as friendly staff

Great

William Shearer

71 Victoria St, Kirkwall KW15 1DQ, UK – 01856 873189

A shop I love to visit which is unusual in itself! This is a quaint good old fashioned hardware store that has an equal sized deli attached. Good for angling club membership and all the ingredients for home made strawberry tarts and pretty much everything in between. Staff couldn't be more friendly to the passing visitor and local fishing advice is always available.

Beautiful store. Someone has put their life into this business. You'd be a fool to walk past it without popping in first. Really friendly staff. Fantastic.

Sclaters Styland

20 Albert St, Kirkwall KW15 1HP, UK – 01856 872907

Relaxing shopping experience! Good customer service made me feel comfortable and not pressurised into purchasing. Good selection of shirts and suits.

Friendly and welcoming with a great selection of clothes

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Orkney Caravan Park at The Pickaquoy Centre

Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall KW15 1UH, UK – 01856 879900

Really good camp site. Staff are friendly and on duty 8am till 8pm, certainly during the summer months. Very good facilities which are kept clean throughout the day. Close to Kirkwall town centre and ferry piers. Can be busy during summer, but without feeling over crowded. Campers with cars are kept separate from camper vans and campers without cars have their own designated space. The site is in a town setting with the attendant advantages/disadvantages. I think it deserves a 5* rating.

An excellent base for your travels around Orkney. The site is within walking distance of Kirkwall and is linked to a leisure centre & pool, with activities for adults and children alike. The facilities on site are great. The reception block has individual shower & toilet cubicles, a lounge for resting & maybe recharging, a kitchen with a kettle, microwave & fridge for campers travelling light & a laundry room. The staff are friendly & helpful. Brilliant!

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Kirkwall Hotel or Orkney just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy