Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Hoy, Island of, Orkney, is one of the Orkney Islands. The most westerly of the main Orkney group, Hoy is scenically the most striking. It is the second largest of the group, being 14 miles by 6 miles. It can be reached at the Longhope end by steamer daily in the summer from Stromness.
There is a good motoring road on this island, but the western cliffs that provide the grandest scenery in Orkney can be approached only by walkers. They will, however, be well rewarded for their energy. At the extreme western tip of the cliffs there erects itself proudly and strikingly the celebrated Old Man of Hoy. This is an isolated columnar peak standing to a height of 450 ft. It is halfway out to sea on a small peninsula, and would at first glance appear to have been put up by human labour. It is, however, a product of nature over the centuries. It is of red sandstone and is strikingly conspicuous, being visible on a clear day from the mainland of Scotland.
A road elsewhere runs round Roy passing by Rawick, near to which is the “Dwarfie Stone” — a mass of rock hollowed out to make a corridor and two chambers. It is probably a neolithic burial chamber. This strange product of nature and of early man's devising struck the imagination of 19th century romantics. It plays a large part in Walter Scott's The Pirate.
Nearby towns: Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stromness, Thurso, Wick
Nearby villages: Flotta, Graemsay, Hurliness, John o' Groats, Long Hope, Lyness, Melsetter, Orphir, Quoyness, Rackwick
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation