The Old Man of Hoy

On 7th August 2018 i set off for the island of Hoy. This island is the only island within the Orkney archepeligo that has hills of any significant size and as they say if its there it needs climbed.

Ward Hill is the highest hill on Hoy and lies at the north of the island, between Moaness and Rackwick. The lower slopes are covered in heather and grass, though the top of the ridge is covered in small stones with bare sandy soil. The highest summit is towards the northern end, and is crowned by a trig point. Ward Hill is separated from Cuilags, which is the second largest hill in Orkney, by the Glens of Kinnaird, which has a footpath from Moaness to Rackwick.

The Old Man of Hoy is a 449-foot (137m) sea stack on the island of Hoy. Formed from Old Red Sandstone, it is one of the tallest stacks in Britain. The Old Man is popular with climbers, and was first climbed in 1966. Created by the erosion of a cliff through hydraulic action some time after 1750, the stack is no more than a few hundred years old, but may soon collapse into the sea.