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Bracing walk with spectacular views

We took the ferry from Stromness to Hoy and had the choice of walking across the island to Rackwick... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie R
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Beautiful Sea Stack

The Old Man of Hoy is a beautiful sea stack of the coast of the Isle of Hoy in the Orkney's. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I knew that we would see the Old Man of Hoy on our Northlink crossing from Scrabster to Stromness, but I didn’t really get too excitied about it. However, once I saw it I realised that it was far more impressive that I had been...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the ferry from Stromness to Hoy and had the choice of walking across the island to Rackwick where the Old Man is situated or take a minibus taxi to the start of the walk. As I am getting back to fitness after breaking...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old Man of Hoy is a beautiful sea stack of the coast of the Isle of Hoy in the Orkney's. The easiest way of seeing the Old Man of Hoy is by taking the Northlink Ferry from Scrabster to Stromness. The ferry goes right...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this a very straight forward walk with an 8 year old! Really easy incline on the first bit - can be a bit steep in places but nothing terrible and then a lovely walk around to where you first see the old man!...More

Thank iggyg78
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This was on our ‘must do’ list for Orkney and finally we managed it today! We got the car ferry from Houton but was unable to travel on the day that we intended as you really do need to book in advance. This is an...More

1  Thank MarciaBrown
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We were in Orkney so had to go and see the Old Man before we came home. On the ferry across from Scrabster to Stromness thwe Old Man stands out clearly on the starboard side as you pass by Hoy, but it is overwhelemed in...More

3  Thank jujutu
Reviewed 1 July 2018

We have seen it from the ferry on a sunny day, and it was really impressive. I don't know if it was worth a visit to Hoy coast as well

1  Thank Peter S
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

This 450 ft tall freestanding sea tower is worth the view! I took the Northlink ferry over from Scrabster to Stromness and you pass right by it. It's a great view from the sea! The cliffs are amazing too! So many birds nest there!

1  Thank Victoria V
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Wow! The old man of Hoy is truly spectacular and the walk to and from the stack is a really really beautiful one. It has fantastic views of the bays and cliffs of which some are nearly the tallest in the UK! A word of...More

2  Thank Skyferret
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Most people on here talk about visiting the Old Man of Hoy in the middle of summer. We didn't do this we went for the middle of January. This poses a few logistical challenges but is well worth the effort. Firstly the logistics, assuming you...More

1  Thank philiphearn
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Mossy M
22 July 2018|
Response from Jane P | Reviewed this property |
Yes in parts it is fairly close to the edge and covers an elevated section of land, and when you get to the Old Man itself, there is a sheer drop from the cliff edge to be aware of, but vertigo sufferers would be able to... More
Kimberley B
16 July 2018|
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Response from Donald F | Reviewed this property |
The normal route is to take either the car ferry or passenger ferry to Hoy, then pick up a minibus which takes you to the start of the path. its about 2-3 miles on a good path which rises steadily round a headland. you... More