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Hoy Island

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Lots to see

Is it worth the crossing? You bet it is! The most famous sight is the Old Man sea stack, but if you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
King's Lynn
A lovely island

We took the car over on a day-trip from The Mainland in Orkney. We spent about six hours on Hoy... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paul G
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This is Orkney's largest island after Mainland.
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  • Average2%
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2 days ago
“Lots to see”
4 weeks ago
“A lovely island”
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Is it worth the crossing? You bet it is! The most famous sight is the Old Man sea stack, but if you missed it from the Scrabster ferry, you will need a three hour walk to see it. Don't despair, there is lots else to...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the car over on a day-trip from The Mainland in Orkney. We spent about six hours on Hoy, and had a great time - we drove across the island, and visited the Dwarfie Stone and the wonderful Scapa Flow Museum. Can definitely recommend...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed April 18, 2017

If I could only visit 1 Orkney island it would be Hoy. It is the most beautiful and rugged island in Orkney. The valley leading up to Rackwick is immensely scenic and best travelled on foot or bicycle. Things I recommend on Hoy: Ward Hill:...More

Thank Glen564
Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

My first time to the island but it won't be my last. We stayed at cantick head for a long weekend with the family. We were very lucky with the weather and managed to go round quite a bit soaking up all the views, wildlife...More

1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed April 3, 2017

The contrasts between the rugged wild environment of the north of Hoy, the agricultural south around Longhope, and the military and naval history of North Walls & Lyness are fascinating. For those of you who are fit & able - bodied, in order to see...More

1  Thank MrsJosephineJones
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Walked out to The Old Man of Hoy. Medium grade walking along the headland on reasonably maintained path. The Scapa Flow visitor centre and museum is well worth a visit with lots of naval history. A good little cafe there too.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Focus your visit on the Martello Tower, the Lifeboat museum, the old naval installation buildings scattered along the shoreline, the Scapa Flow visitor center and Lyness museum but be sure to walk along the southern coast line which has some spectacular views, cliffs and rock...More

1  Thank Stephen L
Reviewed August 20, 2016

Variety of things to see & do. Great for those interested in historical events, interest in nature or just great day out with lovely views

Thank Karen M
Reviewed August 14, 2016

Despite the weather, this place is awesome. Hilly and green, with lots of places to walk and interesting views to take in. Darker and steeper than the other Orkneys - the most different of the isles.

Thank jcrossBdV
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Hoy is small , friendly and peaceful. The roads are quiet , the scenery varied and the wildlife and scenery are amazing. There are few shops or hotels so be prepared. You will need to take 2 ferries from the mainland to get here so...More

Thank Alasdair S
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Chris H
Interested in climbing old man of hoy. May June 2017. Have climbing experience. Need however a guide please as no climbing partner with me. Any suggestions most appreciated. Thanks.
September 26, 2016|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, would suggest contacting Orkney Tourist information 01856 872856 & ask if they have any contacts for climbing the Old Man. Or try Orkney MerkitPlace on Facebook - post a request, am sure someone can help you.