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Hoy, Orkney Islands

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Hoy, Orkney Islands

Administrative CountyOrkney Islands
Traditional CountyOrkney
OS GridHY2203
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityNorthern Scotland

Other names by which Hoy, Orkney Islands has been known in the past

Highlands Of Orkney ~ Hoy and Graemsay

Hoy, Orkney Islands in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Hoy, island, Orkney, pop. 1380; P.O., 4 miles SW. of Stromness; is 13 miles and 6 miles in extreme length and breadth, and is the largest of the Orkney islands after Mainland, from which it is separated by the Sound of Hoy; is sometimes called the Highlands of Orkney, and rises in Ward Hill (the highest point of Great Britain N. of the Pentland Firth) to a height of 1564 ft.; all along the W. coast, from the Kame of Hoy to Roray Head, are lofty cliffs, which at one point rise to a height of 1140 ft.; 1 mile N. of Roray Head is the Old Man of Hoy, a detached pillar-shaped rock, 450 ft. high; 4 m. SW. of Stromness is Hoy Lodge.

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