The cliffs of Hoy rise up, pillars of flame. This coast has some of the tallest cliff-faces in the world, St John's Head, The Kame, The Berry, Rora Head: magnificent presences. There among them, standing out to sea a little, is the rock stack called The Old Man of Hoy.
In the 19th Century approximately 80 people lived in Rackwick, which is remarkable given how quiet the valley is today. These people were fisherman and crofters who lived a hard but happy life. Men of Rackwick has no peers in the art of cliff climbing; for skill and daring they were cragmen par excellence. They climbed cliffs to gather eggs and seabirds for eating. They used simmans - which were ropes made of heather!