The Old Man of Hoy is a 449-foot sea stack on the island of Hoy, part of the Orkney archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. Formed from Old Red Sandstone, it is one of the tallest stacks in Britain.The hike starts off at the ferry pier and heads up a local road. At the end of the road you enter an amazing glacier caved valley for a hike that follows various streams lined with heather, ferns and other scrubby goodness. Once you traverse the island, you head up the hills around Racwick for an incredible view of the valley. As you get closer to the old man, the trail winds along spectacular cliffs and amazingly desolate landscapes. What you don't expect when you arrive is the sheer size of the old man himself. Pictures do not do it justice. He's big! Like almost the size of the Washington Monument big! (See if you can find the climbers on the attache picture!). Not only if the view of the Old Man amazing, but the surrounding cliffs are some of the highest the Orkneys. Enjoy a nice lunch on the peninsula that juts out to the stack.
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