A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, inns, lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc in north east Scotland. Includes the Hoy & West Mainland NSA, the Orkney Islands and its UNESCO World Heritage Site the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney'. Pictured is the Old Man Of Hoy.
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Hoy & West Mainland NSA, Visitor & Tourism Guide



Two islands within the Orkney Island archipelago
Part of the Orkneys or the Orkney Islands, a collection of islands just off the north coast of Scotland. The ‘Mainland’ is the largest of Orkney, ‘Hoy’ the second. The National Scenic Area covers the west of the ‘Mainland’ and about half of ‘Hoy’.

To the north are the Shetland Islands and the Shetland NSA.

World Heritage Sites and world famous sea stacks
The National Scenic Area includes the Old Man Of Hoy and Ward Hill (477m) on Hoy. Across Hoy Sound is Stromness and the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney'. Here you'll find Maes Howe on the side of the Lock of Harray, the Ring of Brodgar across the water from Maes Howe and, on the fringe of the NSA, is Skara Brae with its west coastal views.

Within the National Scenic Area on Mainland Orkney you'll also find Yesnaby Castle Rock Stack.

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Ring of Brodgar World Heritage Site

Located in Stromness, Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 4.1 miles away.

A neolithic stone circle and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ring of Brodgar was built around 2500BC. Part of the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney', a World Heritage Site split into four sites: Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of...

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Yesnaby Castle Rock Stack

Located in Yesnaby, Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 4.8 miles away.

On the west coast of Orkney 'Mainland' (the largest of the Orkney Islands, off the coast of north east Scotland). First climbed in 1967. The other famous sea stack on the Orkneys is the Old Man Of Hoy...

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Old Man Of Hoy

Located in Rackwick, Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 6.5 miles away.

Probably the most famous sea stack in the United Kingdom. The Old Man Of Hoy is 450 feet (137 metres) tall and is located on the Isle of Hoy in the Orkneys. Around four hundred years old. The Old Man Of Hoy was first cli...

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Houton Bay Lodge, Orphir
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Approximately 5.3 miles away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: £65 - £75 Per Night

With great views of Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney Islands, this charming inn offers generous and tasty fresh home-cooked food and clean, comfortable accommodation at attractive rates...

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Sands Hotel, Orkney
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Approximately 16.1 miles away.

Total Rooms: 6; Rates: £55 - £155 Per Night

Four star recently upgraded character building situated along the shore of Scapa Flow in Burray village All rooms are en suite overlooking the beach and pier where local fishermen work...

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Castle Arms Hotel, Mey
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Approximately 22.3 miles away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: £57 - £90 Per Night

The Castle Arms Hotel is a former 19th Century coaching inn, situated 8 miles from John O'Groats, in the village of Mey...

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