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    The settlement of Rackwick is a situated on the bay of Rackwick, on the west coast of Hoy in the Orkney islands.

    This crofting township is considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. Bounded by towering red sandstone cliffs and steep heathery hills, Rackwick Valley rests beside a fine sand and boulder strewn beach. It has a beauty and climate all of its own. The walk to the Old Man of Hoy starts here. Rackwick is a good place for campers with a traditional bothy building open to the use of the public. The kind of life lead by people in the isolated valley has been captured in one of the old crofts, which has been left in its original condition and is now open as a museum called the Crow's Nest. To the east of Rackwick is a large stone slab known as the Dwarfie Stane.

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