Attractions

Natural Feature in Hoy

Old Man of Hoy

Hoy’s best-known sight is this 137m-high rock stack jutting from the ocean off the tip of an eroded headland. It's a tough ascent and for experienced climbers only, but the walk to see it is a Hoy highlight, reveali…
Island in Southern Islands

Graemsay

This tiny, low-lying agricultural island between Hoy and Stromness once supported a healthy population of crofting families (more than 200 people in 1841), but today is home to only a couple of farms. You can stop h…
Museum in Hoy

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum

Lyness was an important naval base during both World Wars, when the British Grand Fleet was based in Scapa Flow. This fascinating museum and photographic display, located in an old pumphouse that once fed fuel to th…
Fort in Hoy

Hackness Martello Tower & Battery

Built during the Napoleonic Wars, when French ships passed through the Pentland Firth to prey on North Sea merchant vessels, this battery, accompanied by two towers (one across the water), never saw action but is an…
Tomb in Hoy

Dwarfie Stane

A short walk from the road through Rackwick Glen, and an obligatory stop on the way to the Old Man of Hoy, the 5000-year-old Dwarfie Stane is the only example of a rock-cut tomb in Scotland. According to Sir Walter …
Island in Southern Islands

Flotta

The most distinctive feature of this small, flat island – in fact, the name comes from the Norse for 'flat island' – is the 68m-tall flare stack rising from the oil terminal in the north of the island like a medieva…
Museum in Hoy

Longhope Lifeboat Museum

At the southern end of Hoy, Longhope’s former lifeboat launching station holds a small lifeboat museum, centred around one of the old boats itself, the Thomas McCunn, in service from the '30s until 1962. The museum …