Old Man of Hoy and RSPB Reserve

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The Old Man of Hoy is a spectacular rock stack set 100 yards off the western coastline of Hoy that is passed by the Stromness car ferry on its approach in to Orkney. It is a wonderful attraction for viewing of one of the most famous rock climbs in Britain because it was televised in the very early days of outside broadcasting in a program that is credited with effectively launching the popularity of modern rock climbing.

Old Man of Hoy and RSPB Reserve

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A short ferry crossing off the North coast gets you to magical islands of the Orkneys - a fertile and spirtual place that contains over 12,000 neolithic ruins, standing stones and burial chambers. The Old Man of Hoy is one of climbing's great landmarks. Scapa Flow was also a huge seabase in the Second World War and the site of the scuttling of the First World War German High Seas Fleet and a great sports diving location. Whether island hopping by ferry or plane, visiting Skara Brae or the Ring of Brodgar, there is much to do in Orkney and its remote location stops too many tourists.