Facilities at Hoy

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

No visitor centre on-site.

Car park
  • Car park at Dwarfie Stone and at Rackwick beach (both non-RSPB).
  • No height restrictions or barriers, or bike rack.
  • No lighting.

Nearest toilets (without accessible facilities) are at Rackwick, on the western edge of the reserve. Open 24 hours.

Accessible toilets

The nearest accessible toilets are in the Hoy Kirk, 0.85 miles (1.4km) from the Moaness Pier, but not open 24 hours.

  • Nearest refreshments, including hot food at Moaness (open summer months), 1.5 miles (2.5 km) away, and Lyness, 9 miles (15 km) away.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available for a donation at the Hoy Kirk 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away.

No shop facilities on-site.

Guided walks
Nature trails

There are three nature trails on the reserve of varying lengths, all of which cross rough moorland and can be exposed in bad weather conditions. 

  • A 5 mile (8km) return trail to the Old Man of Hoy from Rackwick. 
  • A 2.5 mile (4km) trail known as the Old Post Road which crosses the moorland at the heart of the reserve. 
  • A short 0.6 mile (1km) return path to the Dwarfie Stone, a Neolithic rock-cut tomb.