Island Tours of Hoy
Orkney Islands, Scotland
Telephone: (++44) 07887 995730
Scheduled Tours of Hoy take place every Thursday, between April and September. There are two itineraries to choose from, both starting and finishing at Lyness Pier in Hoy.
Hills of Hoy
Pentland Firth Coast
Longhope Lifeboat Museum
Maxi Tour: Starts at 9:00am
See the whole of the linked Islands of Hoy and South Walls.
The tour includes: A driven tour of southern Hoy and the Island of South Walls, a visit to the RNLI Lifeboat, Lifeboat Museum and Longhope Village where most of the folk live. This Tour then leads staright in to the Standard Tour (plaese see right for more details).
Standard Tour: Starts at 10:50am
Hoy derives from the old Norse word Haey, which means high, it is
definitely the highest and arguably the most beautiful scenery in Orkney.
The Standard Tour includes: The Hills of Hoy, Rackwick Bay, Cliffs (highest vertical in the UK) & Beach where we stop for a picnic (please bring a packed lunch), the Dwarfie Stane, Betty Corrigals Grave, and a drive through pure wilderness.
We will stop for free hot/cold drinks and snacks at Lyrawa Hill (111m) for breathtaking panoramic views of Scapa Flow, from the Atlantic to the North Sea, and the Orkney South Isles. We also travel through the former WW1 & 2 naval base and the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery for an opportunity to hear of Hoy’s dramatic wartime history.
Our guides have a sharp eye for wildlife so we’ll be looking for Sea Eagles, Hen Harriers, Red Throated Divers, Merlins, Curlews, Otters, Mountain Hare and the omnipresent and infamous Bonxie (Great Skua)!
The tour will end with a visit to the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre (Temp display) or a short cliff top nature walk and a transfer back to the ferry at Lyness.
Prices (per person):
- Maxi Tour - £59 (Thursdays only)
- Standard Tour - £49 (Thursdays only)
- Chidren under 14 - half price (Thursdays only)
- Prices of private bespoke tours on other days on request please
Scheduled Tour Routes:
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Map of Hoy
Click to view images of a few of the sights to see on the scheduled tour