The Old Man of Hoy – an Impressive Sea Stack in Scotland

The Old Man of Hoy – an Impressive Sea Stack in Scotland

The Old Man of Hoy, Scotland. At the very northern tip of Scotland there is the Orkney archipelago. On one of its islands of Hoy, a 137 m (449 ft) sea stack protrudes from the water. Made of the Old Red Sandstone – characteristic to the region – the Old Man is a popular landmark here. A result of erosion, the pillar might collapse into the sea anytime now.

The feature is quite popular among the climbers, who dare to try their skills and luck completing the precipitous rock tower. On 14 May 2008 the first base jump was performed by Roger Holmes, Gus Hutchinson-Brown and Tim Emmett. Other than that, the stack features in some of the painters works and is a popular tourist attraction.

Why to go there?

Admire the dramatic Scottish coastline. The landmark is one of the most known tourist features in the area and if you are a climber, this might be a fun challenge too.

When to go there?

Anytime – the sooner you will go, the better, as the stack continues to be destructed by the erosion.

How to get there?

It is said that the journey to Hoy itself rewards with an exciting experience. Drive by car or bus from Inverness to Scrabster or Stromness port. From here take a ferry to Hoy. Get around by taxi – head towards Rackwick Bay, where the Old Man stands still.

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