Cruising by Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney

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.  

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View along the rocky beach with the Sumburgh Head lighthouse behind View along the rocky beach with the Sumburgh Head lighthouse behind Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Maunland Shetland

Scenic Islands in the Summertime • L2124

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Thu 05 Aug 2021
5 nights
  • In five nights, uncover intriguing islands & natural wonders
  • Visit the Shetlands to take in gorgeous coastal scenery
  • See the unspoilt beauty of the uninhabited islets of Gáshólmur