Hoy, Orkney Islands

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Hoy is a settlement in Orkney Islands

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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Hoy within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Hoy in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

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.

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Hoy and Graemsay, par., Orkney, 15,813 ac., pop. 603; comprises Graemsay island and the N. part of Hoy island.

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