submitted by Victor Muir and Sheila Anderson - March 2010
This is an interesting walk above Finstown affording magnificent views down to the village and all over the West Mainland. Turn up the
Heddle Road at the recently renovated church in the village. There is a convenient car park opposite the Heddle Quarry and from there walk down the road about 200 metres and take the first track on your left.
William Buckle was well known in the
in the late 1880s or early 1900s. When he was a herd boy he built Buckles’s Tower. No doubt he built it out of boredom during long, lonely days herding up on the hill. The Tower was carefully positioned on a piece of high ground to be seen from all around. There are magnificent views towards Stenness, Harray and towards Stromness. On a clear day the North Isles can be observed stretching out beyond Finstown. village of Finstown
The other reason for the chosen position is that a stone quarry is within a few feet of the tower. Therefore it was no distance to carry the stone. No ladders were used in the building of it, but stepping stones were left jutting out to stand on as he built it. They were broken off from the top downwards when it was finished.