On our last full day in Orkney we made a day trip to the island of Hoy.
The largest village, Lyness, is on the southeast coast of the island but we bypassed the big city (just kidding: the entire island of Hoy has a population of 272) and took the passenger ferry from Stromness to Moaness, in the north. It was a pretty rough ride but we made it.
There we were met by a van driven by an amusing and voluble chap who filled our heads with local lore as he transported us across to the western side. He dropped us off at Rackwick, population 1 or 2, plus quite a lot of sheep.
Returning to Rackwick, we stopped in at the free museum of island life, really just one of the old crofts that has been kept as it was before the last family member moved away to town.
We explored a little more around Rackwick
Then the van came back to get us. We had an hour or so before the ferry arrived, so we stopped in the little cafe at Moaness for tea and a scone, then waited at the pier for our boat back to Stromness.
Hoy is the setting for this 1980s Eurythmics music video. Enjoy a blast from the past.