You can get to the North part of Hoy Island from Stromness. Just get to the Harbour and board the Graemsay Ferry. This is not a cargo ferry. If you wish to reach Hoy with car you need to board from Houton Bay (to Lyness).
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Even the Beaten Path is worthwhile in Orkney
The enviroment and immediate surroundings of Stromness transported me into an entirely undiscovered and unexpected place.
I had heard a bit, back in history classes, about standing stones in Orkney. Sounded like a cool thing to see. I like really old things and places...otherworldly is even better.
I was completely unprepared for the effect of the land and the water and the sense of being in a certified womb of civilization.
The evidence is all around you. Everywhere you look...everywhere you walk...you see the mounds of earth...the smoothe, mostly-buried, lichen-covered stone...the circles and grooves and faint signs of human existence. You can see them. You can touch them. Anyplace you can walk was trod by feet 6000 years before. You are certainly on the beaten path.
The real gems are on the tour... you can see them in a day. Most of the grand standing stones and circles, and the prehistoric and Bronze Age burial sites and settlements are within only a few miles of each other. It is a truly magical land. The local bus will take you to the majority of them for only a few quid. Rent a car or, better yet, a bike and a wonderful adventure will be ahead of you.
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip