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Hoy and Graemsay

Showcasing the joy of the great outdoors, Orkney’s second largest island Hoy rises dramatically from the sea with glacial valleys, huge hills and dramatic cliffs.

Named the ‘high island’ by the Vikings, Hoy really does live up to its name and is an incredible landscape to explore. Home to Orkney’s highest hill, Ward Hill at more than 1500 ft tall, whilst towering cliffs on the west coast include St John’s Head, the highest vertical cliff face in the UK at 1136 ft.

Visitors are attracted by the most famous landmark, the Old Man of Hoy, a sandstone sea stack just south of St John’s Head. This monolith has watched over Hoy for centuries and has been a popular mecca for climbers over that time. Nowadays, the tower is fragile and the best views can be gained from boat tours around the area coasting past the impressive Old Man.

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