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St Magnus Way
David Mazza  
16 March 2023
UK price £14.99
72pp, 130 x 220mm, 170g

St Magnus Way

Walk or cycle Orkney Mainland


David Mazza

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"This compact yet comprehensive guidebook will lead you through the stunning Orkney scenery." Stuart Little, Chair of Trustees, Orkney Pilgrimage

Orkney is Scotland’s best-kept secret: a supreme outdoor destination that is accessible by ferry or plane – more easily than you think. It offers world-class prehistory, approachable wildlife and welcoming Orcadian hospitality.

This pilgrimage walk celebrates Orkney’s patron saint, Magnus, some 900 years after his martyrdom. The 60-mile St Magnus Way has it all: manageable daily distances, stunning coastal vistas, unique wildlife, tidal islands, historic interest and great variety of terrain. It starts from the island of Egilsay, the site of Magnus’ martyrdom and culminates at his cathedral in Orkney’s capital Kirkwall.

The pilgrimage has six themes, each linked with a section of the walk – Peace, Loss, Growth, Change, Forgiveness and Hospitality.

For cyclists, the 67-mile (108 km) St Magnus Cycleway visits the same places as the Way. However it runs almost wholly on tarmac and is readily split into two circuits of 27 and 40 miles respectively (44 km and 64 km respectively).

This book is in our lighter, more pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding instead of concealed wiro-binding.


This essential trail guide contains all you need to plan your visit on foot or bike:

  • Foreword by Magnus Linklater
  • biography of St Magnus and his cathedral
  • planning info for travel by car, ferry and plane 
  • richly illustrated sections on history, geology and wildlife
  • visit info for museums, distilleries and the World Heritage Site
  • concise step-by-step directions
  • 14 pages with route mapping at 1:30,000
  • in full colour, with 101 photos.
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Contents page
Pages 4-10 from Part 1 (planning)
2.2 Magnus and his cathedral
3.4 Dounby to Finstown
Bonus content

GPX route file

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