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Address: Scotland

This is Orkney's largest island after Mainland.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
Stephen L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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 formations. Plan your trip based on the ferry schedule. Go clockwise around the island and... More 

Thank Stephen L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 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
Didcot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 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 unless the above things appeal to you , you wont visit Hoy.

Thank Alasdair S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Made a day trip to Hoy in July 2016. Weather was poor, raining and foggy with quite a lot of wind deteriorated all day to finish up in a thunder storm with heavy rain. The ferry from Houton takes roughly half an hour to an hour depending on whether it goes to Flotta or Lyness first. Car travellers need to... More 

1 Thank John J
Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Wild and in parts quite desolate, but that's why you go really! We went by ferry from Stromness for the day. This is the less populated area of the island so take what you need, although there is a fabulous cafe called Beneth'ill to visit. Obviously many people go to walk the path to view the Old Man of Hoy,... More 

1 Thank eunice h
Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Who would guess such a small island could have so much history. Scenery and walking fantastic - a visit to The Old Man is a must!

1 Thank NickyVN
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Ferry from the mainland very reasonably priced and efficient. Toilets were spotless... Hilly compared to rest of Orkney...a brisk walk up to the top of the hill was well worth the effort. We never made the walk to the Old Man of Hoy so will return to cover that walk along with a visit to see Sir Peter Maxwell Davies... More 

Thank Morag S
Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Hoy Island has more mountains than the Mainland. So peaceful though. A sense of community on the island with everyone waving to you and willing to talk to you.

Thank Shamanicnz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

We visited Hoy to see the few attractions that we had learnt about, it's a very pleasant island with beautiful scenery. It was great to just drive around and take it all in to be honest. It's well worth a day here if you're into the attractions that can be found on the island.

Thank PeterGarrett78

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