Hoy  Orkney


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Hoy like this:

Hoy, island, Orkney, pop. 1380; P.O., 4 miles SW. of Stromness; is 13 miles and 6 miles in extreme length and breadth, and is the largest of the Orkney islands after Mainland, from which it is separated by the Sound of Hoy; is sometimes called the Highlands of Orkney, and rises in Ward Hill (the highest point of Great Britain N. ...

of the Pentland Firth) to a height of 1564 ft.; all along the W. coast, from the Kame of Hoy to Roray Head, are lofty cliffs, which at one point rise to a height of 1140 ft.; 1 mile N. of Roray Head is the Old Man of Hoy, a detached pillar-shaped rock, 450 ft. high; 4 m. SW. of Stromness is Hoy Lodge.

Hoy through time

Hoy is now part of Orkney Islands district. Click here for graphs and data of how Orkney Islands has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hoy itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hoy in Orkney Islands | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 08th May 2021

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