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Introducing Hoy

Orkney’s second-largest island, Hoy (the name means ‘High Island’), got the lion’s share of this archipelago’s scenic beauty. Shallow turquoise bays lace the perimeter, while peat and moorland cover Orkney’s highest hills. The highest point is Ward Hill (479m), in the north of Hoy. This dramatic landscape can be accessed on foot or by wheels, and will tempt hands to cameras. Note that the ferry service from Mainland gets very busy over summer – book ahead.