Cruising by Old Man of Hoy
Britain’s tallest and arguably most famous sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy rises 450 feet out of the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Hoy Island, in Scotland’s rugged Orkney archipelago.
Originally an arch with two ‘legs’ resembling those of an old man, hence the landmark’s nickname, the erosive power of the weather has reduced the stack to a single pillar which, owing to a huge crack slicing through the middle of it, geologists believe will one day collapse into the sea.
As it stands today though, defiantly battling the Atlantic tide and Scottish storms, the Old Man of Hoy remains one of the UK’s most popular climbing spots and an impressive sight to enjoy from the comfort of your cruise ship.
Cruises to Cruising by Old Man of Hoy
Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland • L2218
- Cruise past Fingal’s Cave and Dutchman’s Cap
- Admire the seabirds of Skye, the Orkneys and Shetlands
- Visit remote Scottish destinations
Scenic Orkneys & Shetlands in Five Nights • L2214
- Scenic cruising past coastal sea stacks
- Spot local wildlife including a variety of seabirds
- Explore Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands
Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland • L2224
- Enjoy scenic cruising past remote natural wonders
- Visit the famed Loch Ness from Invergordon
- Discover Neolithic and Norse settlements
Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland • T2313
- Marvel at the natural wonder of the imposing Needle, Old Man of Hoy and Duncansby sea stacks
- Visit Lews Castle from Stornoway
- Look for native seabirds on the cliffs of Marwick Head