The highest of all the islands of Orkney, it has amazing red sandstone cliffs with the spectacular stack the ‘Old Man of Hoy, 137m (449ft) high, first climbed in 1966. The island is rich in wildlife with large numbers of sea birds and the only mountain hares in Orkney.
To the south, Lyness was one of Britain’s most important naval bases during both world wars. 20,000 people were once stationed here. There is still plenty of evidence of this period.
Ro-ro ferry from Stromness