When planning a trip to Hoy, one thing I didn't know was that there is a 10pm late ferry returning to Stromness on a Friday evening. This means that a trip to the Old Man can be made without spending the whole day on the island. I hired a bicycle in Stromness, caught the 4pm ferry over to Hoy, then cycled to Rackwick. (If you are cycling or walking, *do* take the first signposted turn up to the hostel, as it gives you a better starting point.) The walk to the Old Man and back took me about 2.5 hours, including plenty of time to take photos. On the cycle back, I stopped off at the Dwarfie Stane too. Well worth it even as a quick trip.
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