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Orkney is an island group off the north coast of Scotland. An hour long ferry trip from Gills Bay or John o'Groats.

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(Provided by the Orcadian Newspaper).


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The ferry to Hoy from Houton is operated by Orkney Ferries and sails to Lyness on occasions via Flotta. After arrival in Lyness the first point of interest we have is the Naval Museum, then onto the Longhope Lifeboat Station at Brims which today houses a museum (to visit call 01856 701332). The lifeboat itself is now at a pontoon berth in Longhope. South through Longhope to the Martello Tower, then we come to the Kirkhope burial ground which is dominated by the bronze figure of a lifeboatman created in honour of the 8 man crew of Lifeboat T.G.B. which was lost with all hands on March 17th. 1969 whilst en route to a rescue. Further on we have the Cantick Lighthouse, first lit in 1858 to mark the south entrance to Scapa Flow. We now begin our journey to to the north end of the island, retracing some of our earlier steps and calling in at Melsetter House, where we find one of the oldest gardens in Orkney. Leaving here we proceed on past the Hoy Hotel at Lyness to the Naval Graveyard. Travelling further north we arrive at the grave of Betty Corrigall. Further on we come to the left turn for Rackwick which is regarded as a very beautiful area in this area we find the Dwarfie Stone, Ward Hill the highest hill in Orkney and then we come to the infamous Old Man Of Hoy. To walk here and back from Rackwick takes a round trip of around three hours. We can now make our way down to Moaness Pier for a short journey back to the Mainland and Stromness.

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The Old Man Of Hoy

Lyness Naval Museum

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