Hoy and Rackwick Bothy

Route: Cuilags, St John's Head and the Old Man of Hoy circuit

Sub 2000s: Cuilags (Hoy)

Date walked: 21/03/2012

Time taken: 36 hours

Distance: 25km

Ascent: 800m

View back to Sandy loch.JPG
Caught the lunchtime ferry from Stromness to arrive early and collect fire wood.There is a toilet and tap at the bothy which is looked after by the Hoy trust,it can be busy in the summer but has excellent camping all around,take all you will need as there is no shop close by.Paths are good and easy to follow,wildlife includes Arctic Hare and various types of birds of prey (otter if you are lucky). There is a path to the bottom of the old man but was too steep for the dog but will visit again without him. I have headed south from Rackwick along the cliffs to a storm beach at Torness which takes about 7/8 hours, there is no water but a great camping spot
Ward Hill from the ferry Graemsay.JPG

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On the right path.JPG
Road to Sandy Loch.JPG
Sandy loch.JPG
Easy path by the loch.JPG
Path through the glen.JPG
Heading SW.JPG
Point of Craig-gate coming into view.JPG
Good company.JPG
Bridge over the Rackwick burn.JPG
Road to Bothy.JPG
Storm beach.JPG
Rackwick bothy-the nights accomodation.JPG
A setting sun.JPG
Day 2.JPG
Coming into view.JPG
The Old Man of Hoy.JPG
A relaxing break in the sun.JPG
Mainland ferry.JPG
Towards St Johns Head.JPG
Ward Hill and Scapa Flow from Cuilags.JPG

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