Martello Towers began to appear along England’s coastline around 1805 as a defence against invasion from the sea, particularly by Napoleon.
Hackness Battery and Martello Tower were built in 1813–14, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. They were built to protect British convoys and were adapted during later conflicts. The Martello Tower – one of the only three surviving in Scotland – allows views towards Scapa Flow, a naval anchorage during both world wars.
What to see and do
- Look out from the Martello Tower towards Crockness Tower, enjoying views across Longhope Sound to Scapa Flow
- Get up close to the battery – the remarkable and rare survival is full of interesting features
- Explore the rooms inside Martello Tower and imagine what life was like for those stationed here
- See evidence of barracks life – including barrack room furniture and other military memorabilia
Postcode: KW16 3PQ
Telephone number: 01856 701727
Open: 26th March – 30th September (summer only)
Admission: Adult £5, Child £3, Concession £4
Access information: When visiting please make your way to the Battery first. Parking is adjacent to the Battery.