on Hoy in the Orkneys


Hoy Centre, Hoy Centre, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ

Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the Hoy Centre is ideally situated for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and is an ideal venue for outdoor education trips, weddings, workshops, clubs or family gatherings. It offers high quality, four star accommodation, all rooms are en suite with shower, twin beds and a bunk bed, chairs, lockers and bedding. One room is equipped for wheelchair access and the centre is all on one level. It has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge area, a spacious dining hall and washing and drying facilities. Under floor heating ensures a comfortable temperature at all times.

Hoy is an RSPB reserve comprising 3,500ha of upland heath and cliffs with a large variety of wildlife including arctic hares. Off the west coast is The Old Man of Hoy – Orkney’s most famous landmark and a great place to see puffins. The dramatic hills and cliffs offer excellent walking and climbing. Nearest shop is 20 miles so guests need to bring their own provisions. Catering is available for groups. The centre has VisitScotland, Walkers and Groups Welcome awards.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.
Hoy Centre | on Hoy in the Orkneys

Contact Hoy Centre

or call Stromness Customer Services on
01856 850907 or 01856 873535 ext 2901

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Rooms & Beds:



All year.

Price per night:

Please phone for prices. Whole hostel booking available.


Online booking preferred.


Ex Youth Hostel


Car ferry arrives from Houton to Lyness, which is 16km from centre.

Public Transport:

Short walk from Moaness Pier (pedestrian ferry from Stromness) http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk (01856 872044). Taxis/minibuses are available.

This accommodation is by the sea, is near mountains, is available to individuals and is on the present or past youth hostel page.

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The Hoy Centre

The Hoy Centre

…excellent walking and birding country…

 The website for The Hoy Centre says, “The Hoy Outdoor Centre is a focal meeting point for the folk of Hoy. Based in the spectacular scenery of Hoy, the Centre is available to singles, families or for group use, either on a daily or residential basis.” This just the beginning of the story. 

The Island of Hoy, second largest of the Orkneys, takes its name from a Norse word meaning ‘high Island’. A well named spot. One of the most striking features of the island are the towering sea cliffs. Great red-brown walls stained green with vegetation and thick with birdlife. Luckily for those Norse, the northern coast is more accessible to boats as the moorland slopes gently down to the sea. The ‘highness’ continues inland as the mountains rise, often shrouded in cloud. This makes it excellent walking and birding country. So much to explore on foot and the most amazing and huge RSPB reserve. The island is an internationally significant bird site and the full range from hen harriers to puffins can be seen here as well as elusive Arctic Hares up in the mountains. 

Peeked you interest? The Hoy Centre is, of course, an ideal base for the island. Its right on the sea and backed by the magnificent high land behind. With up to 32 beds it can take large groups but families and individuals are also welcome. The underfloor heating across the lounge, dining room and kitchen mean its cosy and welcoming all year. 

The Old Man of Hoy

The Old Man of Hoy

Accommodation for climbers, walkers and tourist on the Isle of Hoy

Hoy Outdoor Centre has just joined the Independent Hostels UK network. Hoy Hostel provides accommodation for climbers, walkers and tourists on this Island, just of the coast of mainland Orkney.  Hoy is famous for The Old Man of Hoy an amazing rock stack and a great place to see puffins.  The dramatic hills and cliffs around the island offer excellent walking and climbing.  Hoy is an RSPB reserve with 3,500ha of upland heath and cliffs with a large variety of wildlife including arctic hares.

Contact Hoy Centre:

01856 850907 or 01856 873535 ext 2901 MessageView website