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Hill number:1550
Height:435m / 1427ft
RHB Section:23: Orkney Islands
County/UA:Orkney Islands (UA)
Maritime area:Orkney - South
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:HY 20992 03365
Summit feature:large cairn (third from E) on possibly man-made mound
Col:116m  HY214025  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 7
(1:25k) 462
Observations:0.8m higher than cairn 65m W at HY 20928 03372 and 20cm higher than rock 20m SW at HY 20980 03347
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 119 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
1 of 3: Ferry from Stromness at 7.30am. We left one rucsac above Sandy Loch. No path. Watched the Scrabster Ferry from the top. With Karen.ChrisR06/08/2020
Ferry from Stromness to climb the 3 North Hoy. Up from pier by road then the obvious very steep ridge. Fine summit...onto Ward HillN.Morters24/08/2019
A 20 minute clamber from the head of Sandy Loch. Not much of a path - just kept ploughing forwards and upwards.summitter24/07/2019
From Rackwick - path to Old Mancurlebd08/07/2019
From parking area south of round hill, low cloud had lifted and clear day. Up to Sandy Loch and then straight up, plenty of Bonxies circling but faint path up seemed to avoid their attention. Great views from the top. Back down and up Ward HillPeterD28/06/2019
From Sandy Loch car park via NE ridge.Winterfloodian03/06/2019
Winter ferry times require a no-nonsense approach to Hoy Marilyns, so parked below Round Hill, and scooted up Cuileags on steep, easy ground with a vague path to good views, then down to Sandy Loch and up spongy ground along Water Glen, improving towards the top of Ward Hill. WH has got a very nice summit with good views, but the lower ground is fairly manky.Gill22/02/2019
Good parking area SE of Round Hill. From the dam took a direct line to hill summit. Steep but good ground. Descended similar route before veering off to walk up Water Glen for Ward Hill.jonglew22/02/2019
With Bryher. Circular via Rackwick and Old Man. So windy we could hardly walk down the steep side back to the Hoy Centre.jenx29/07/2018
After Round Hill, then on to Ward Hill.NormanW12/06/2018
Up good path in glen from Rackwick and easy enough ascent from just below bealach. Down steep slopes to waterworks and onto Heritage Centre for welcome cuppa tea and biscuits.AndrewFinnimore10/06/2017
From Rackwick - path to Old Man - coast to St. John's Head - Sui Fea - Cuilags - ferry.Chris Peart28/06/2016
After the Knap of Trowieglen dropped down to the beach at Randwick. Took the Glen path and from the high-point direct up Cuilags past od airplane wreckage. Reversed route to then climb Ward Hill via Water Glen. Dropped steeply down Quoyawa avoiding the crags and a walk back to ferry jetty with a nice cuppa tea on the way at the cafenordicstar11/06/2016
Good circular walk from ferry. Took about 7 hours with some good stops. Enjoyed Rackwick bay.jenx11/06/2016
Really enjoyable - Hoy is so different from the other islands. Early morning bus from Lerwick to Stromness for first ferry to Hoy. Moaness Ferry pier - Sandy Loch- Summit - Rackwick where I met the family for walk to the Old Man. Very blustery early on. RSPB warden and nesting sea eagles at Dwarfie Hamars on the way back to Lyness.benalder28404/04/2016
MC. Straight ascent from the car park after having walked to see the Old Man. 28 mins to top. Beautiful sunny day but cloud on top 20m. Decent to glen through aircraft wreckage and direct ascent to Ward Hill. Greasy underfoot and spongy. Into headwind. Top 50m in cloud. Little view. Descent back to Sandy Loch and car. Roun in 2h25m.Martin6616/03/2016
Linksness-Round Hill-Ward Hill-Cuilags-Sui fea-Moor Fea-Rackwick (rats in bothy).campagvelocet16/06/2015
Straight up south west ridge then down to glen by southeast ridge before climbing Ward Hill.Campbell Singer02/04/2015
Moaness Pier Up road & then track to Sandy Loch Up steep E. ridge of Cuilags Down S. Ridge past large amounts of wreckage of the Liberator plane which crashed about 100m below the summit on 1 January 1945, killing all 8 crew NE up path to large cairn marking path junction SE along path & then headed E. up western slopes to summit of Ward Hill. (S)gerrybowes23/09/2014
Chucking it down a fair bit so I was glad to get over the top of this one.Alex C04/06/2014
Climbed up steeply after bagging Ward Hill on a breezy sunny day with Jim Bloomer and Tricky Speirs.Dugswell227/05/2014
Combined with Ward Hill.bolton02/08/2013
From Rackwick to Moaness Pier via OMH, St John's Head, Sui Fea top and trig with time to sit on Cuilags to absorb the view with perfect visibility.summitsup26/05/2012
Parked at HY22240 03397, to the dam and up the steep south east ridge to Cuilags. Dropped down to pt.116. Followed Burn of Redglen to south west top (with a sneaky view of the Old Man) and then main top of Ward hill. Remembered not to go directly to start point.Martin R16/05/2012
Round of Cuilags and Ward Hill from the cafe. Bonxie attacks launched on the last descent.Eddie16/08/2011
On a day trip from Stromness. Walked over this top on the way to see the cliffs and the old man. Returned via Rack wick.mindlessflogger16/08/2010
Long hot round of the North Hoy tops, from Stromness via ferry and minibus to Rackwick then back over past the Old Man.andy10/05/2009
Easter, lucky even to get to Hoy, weather so wild most ferries were cancelled. From pier took road to Rackwick as far as Sandy Loch, then turned R up the hill. Stony summit with several cairns and a shelter.Aye Jimmy21/03/2008
Staying at Jamie's.Grinner16/10/2005
Descended off Ward Hill to find that many Great Skuas were inhabiting the glen. Went straight up and was soon at the top. No views due to very low cloud.garyhoney21/06/2005
JEB, FJB, ERB, RIB Uisdean2507/08/2004
Date is first visit. Notes from later...see log on RHW02/08/2002
Parked on a back road junction. Arran and I continued beyond Sandy Loch on a diagonal to reduce angle of climb and to top at 10.30. Bonxies wheeling around. to Wardarranc06/06/2002
With Claire.MickyRoss08/06/2001
While living in Longhope.BigJ01/08/1976
dave g01/08/2019
A Peckish18/06/2019
Tom Mundell27/06/2018
Trekking toes27/06/2018