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Getting here:

We are at the extreme South of Hoy at Kirkhope Bay in South Walls which is connected by causeway to the island of Hoy which is an island off the mainland of Orkney in Scotland. Kirkwall is the nearest airport (Loganair). Ferry terminals are Lyness & Moaness (operated by Orkney Ferries). There is a community bus service on Hoy providing a connection to both ferries, and the bus stop is just a short walk from us. There is small public car park next door with a disabled space. The tarmac road surface to the car park from the bus stop has a short gentle slope and is uneven in places.  The tarmac road surface from the car park to the art room is level but uneven in places. Access into the art room is at ground level but has a low threshold door frame.

A 15 minute drive from Lyness ferry, turn left out of the ferry road and follow the road south to Longhope, with the sea on your left go through the village, past the turnoff for the Martello tower and turn left at the T junction next to the Osmundwall cemetery next to the beach.  The car park is on the right. For a slightly shorter route go straight on after crossing the Ayre causeway.

While you’re here if you’d like to take an easy stroll from the door along the bay towards Cantick Head the tarmac road is level but uneven in places.  There are sheep roaming so dogs must be kept on leads.  A circular walk from the door will take you across moorland to the Wildlife Trust reserve of Hill of the White Hamars through a field to the Pentland coast overlooking mainland Scotland. You may also be interested in visiting the Martello Tower or the Lyness Museum.  At the North of Hoy the Heritage Centre is an interesting visit and the spectacular Rackwick Bay & Old Man of Hoy is a must see destination.

Travel timetables:

Summer ferry timetable (Houton to Lyness). http://orkneyferries.co.uk/pdfs/timetables/summer/lyness_summer.pdf

Summer ferry timetable (Stromness to Moaness) http://orkneyferries.co.uk/pdfs/timetables/summer/graemsay_summer.pdfSummer

Community bus timetables on Hoy http://hoyorkney.com/?ddownload=4046

Stagecoach bus timetable (Kirkwall to Houton ferry) https://www.stagecoachbus.com/routes/north-scotland/2/kirkwall-travel-centre-kirkwall-travel-centre/xiao002.o

Meals are served locally at the Stromabank Hotel about a mile from us on the bus route. Also at Benethill Cafe near the Moaness Ferry, the Royal Hotel in Longhope village & Emily’s Tea Room North of Lyness ferry terminal.

Overnight accommodation is available at Stromabank Hotel, Cantick Lighthouse, Old Schoolhouse and many other local bed & breakfast locations.  There is no campsite on Hoy & Walls. There is hostel accommodation at Rackwick. There is a shop & petrol in Longhope village.