Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.
The Old Man of Hoy is a famous 450 foot sea stack, first climbed in 1966 in a televised assault, is perhaps Orkney's most famous landmark. Allow 3 hours for the round trip walk from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy. Please take note that the walk follows a rough track and is moderatley demanding. The Old Man can also be seen from the daily Scrabster-Stromness ferry route.