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Located on Hoy, the second largest island in Orkney, the hostel is located in the scenic valley of Rackwick. From the hostel a path climbs steadily towards the dramatic sea cliffs of northwest Hoy and the dramatic “Old Man of Hoy” a 137m sea stack. Much of the surrounding area is owned by the RSPB, the reserve comprises 3,500ha of upland heath and cliffs where a large variety of birds and wildlife live and breed.

This site is a member of Orkney Islands Council group.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Remote location

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby


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  • Rackwick, Orkney Islands, Scotland, KW16 3NJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 58.9219°N 3.3312°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Scrabster: Pier Coach Stop — 22.7 miles
Thurso: Sir George's Street — 23.7 miles
Train stations
Thurso Rail Station — 24.0 miles
Georgemas Junction Rail Station — 28.6 miles
Ferry ports
North Hoy Orkney Ferry Terminal — 0.8 miles
Graemsay Orkney Ferry Terminal — 2.4 miles
Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal — 3.2 miles
Kirkwall (Orkney) Airport — 15.5 miles
Eday Airport — 27.4 miles
Stronsay Airport — 29.4 miles


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Local attractions

Must see

  • Skara Brae (8.8 miles)
  • The Castle & Gardens of Mey (20.0 miles)

Cycle routes

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