walkhighlands

Hoy and South Walls

Hoy and South Walls

Hoy takes its name from the Old Norse - 'Haey' means the High island. The second largest of the Orkney isles, Hoy differs markedly from its neighbours. The northern and western parts are a wild and inhospitable place of rugged, steep-sided hills - the highest in Orkney - fringed by some of Britain's most magnificent coastal cliffs. These culminate in the mighty bastion of St John's Head, but their fame rests on the iconic sea-stack of the Old Man of Hoy, a popular walk from the fine bay at Rackwick.

To the south and east the wildness relents into a fringe of more fertile land and small villages. South Walls - just offshore - is linked to Hoy by a road causeway; it offers a very fine coastal walk along its southern cliffs. Offshore is Flotta, the site of Orkney's oil terminal.

Accommodation


Share on 

Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.