Old Man of Hoy

Hoy Island , Orkney Islands, UK


Old Man of Hoy, Hoy Island , Orkney Islands

The Old Man of Hoy is a sea stack situated on the island of Hoy in Orkney, near to the Dwarfie Stane.

Standing at 137m high, this red sandstone stack is perched on a plinth of basalt rock. It makes for a distinctive landmark when viewed from the Thurso to Stromness ferry.

At around 400 years old, the Old Man of Hoy is a popular challenge for climbers. First climbed in 1966, there are various ways up the stack, and of varying difficulty, and today there are on average 20-50 successful climbs a year.

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