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Hoy Island

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Walk to Old Man of Hoy

This is an excellent trip but in high season book the ferry from Stromness to Moaness and the mini... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sturdy boots required

The hike from the ferry drop off to The Old Man and back is a solid journey. You cannot afford to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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This is Orkney's largest island after Mainland.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent trip but in high season book the ferry from Stromness to Moaness and the mini bus to pick you up at the ferry landing to Rackwick We had booked the ferry but people who hadn't booked were on the ferry and...More

Thank carolineanderson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike from the ferry drop off to The Old Man and back is a solid journey. You cannot afford to hang around too long if you want to do it between the 10:30 ferry and return on the 6 o'clock. Very much worthwhile though.

1  Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a week on the beautiful island of Hoy and it wasn't long enough to see all of the attractions. There is such history, wildlife and, most importantly, the slower pace of life to soak up. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning. It's a...More

Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't sure if it would be worth the ferry fare but in the end did not want to leave. Lovely beaches, stunning scenery, fantastic ice-cream parlour/tea room and nice cafe! Highly recommended.

Thank Jenefer F
Reviewed 3 July 2017

If you have the time when visiting Orkney, try to visit Hoy. This beautiful island is quite different from the other Orkney islands, and contains much to see and do. There are two different ferries - a passenger-only ferry from Stromness and a car ferry...More

Thank John&Betty
Reviewed 22 June 2017

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 27 May 2017

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 18 April 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 8 April 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 3 April 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
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Chris H
27 September 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.
16 July 2016|
Response from peediequine |
From the Old Norse Hlidar Ness - Slope promontory.