Accessibility at Hoy

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Please DO NOT light fires on the reserve as moorland fires can very quickly get out of control.
  • Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By bus

Details of bus/minibus taxi services on Hoy can be found at

By bike

Passenger ferry from Stromness to Moaness on Hoy. From the Moaness Pier, travel straight up the hill and follow the signs for the Dwarfie Stone toward Rackwick. There is an information board after 1.5 miles (2.5 km) on the Post Road footpath.

By road

Car ferry from Houton on Mainland Orkney to Lyness on Hoy. From Lyness ferry terminal turn right (signposted 'Hoy') onto the B9047 and take the first left after 8.5 miles/14 km (signposted for Dwarfie Stone) toward Rackwick. Park at Dwarfie Stone or Rackwick beach.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

Hoy can be reached from Mainland Orkney from either Houton (passenger and car ferry) or from Stromness (passenger ferry only). Visit for information.

For flights and ferry information to Orkney, contact VisitOrkney at West Castle Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1GU. Website: Tel: 01856 872856.

Access to facilities

Car parking

Both car parks have a firm flat surface.

Nature trails access
  • Old Man of Hoy: moderate terrain with steep uphill section at start, some rough, rocky sections and stone steps. One bench. Allow three hours for the round trip.
  • Post Road: moderate terrain with some rough, rocky sections and wooden boardwalks. Can be very muddy after a spell of wet weather. One bench. 2.5 miles (4km), 2 hours.
  • For more experienced hill walkers, there is also a rough cliff-top track between the Old Man of Hoy and St John's Head. Not recommended without a map and compass. No stiles or gates other than farm gates, but paths can be narrow.
  • Trail guide available.
  • Registered assistance and other dogs welcome.
  • This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog. Please contact the reserve for further information on access for dogs.