This view of the cliffs of
Hoy was taken from the ferry approaching Mainland near the town of
Stromness at the north west end of the island. Unlike most of Orkney, Hoy has high, rocky hills that climb
to over 450 metres. In Dragon Seer,
the dragons seek shelter in the hills of Hoy, but the south and eastern
parts of the island are more gentle, and that's where people live.
Garit was born on Hoy.
Because the hills are so much higher than the rest of Orkney, Hoy has
an interesting way of popping up in unexpected places. Here is a view
of Hoy as seen from the Standing Stones of Stenness.
The World Heritage site of Skara Brae is across the isle of Mainland,
but the hills of Hoy appear to tower just over the horizon.