Another road branches westward between the hills, into utter desolation, a place of kestrels and peatbogs. After five miles the road ends abruptly at a glint of sea and the farm of Glen. The dark hills are still all around, but they hold in their hands a green valley. This is Rackwick. The bowl is tilted seawards - its lip is a curving bay, half huge round sea-sculptured boulders, half sand. Out in the bay, like guardians, stand two huge cliffs, The Sneuk and The Too.

Scar facts

The croft of Scar was originally tenanted by Hugh Ritch. He and his wife had a large family - seven daughters and six sons. Hugh built Scar, and his sons extended it and added outbuildings. Hugh, who had a long white beard, loved nothing better than to sit round a blazing peat fire recounting his adventures to a bunch of eager listeners.

OtterHoy Facts

Otters are common along the Scapa Flow coastline off Hoy and have even been found in the Rackwick Burn.

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Scar in the island of Hoy - Accommodation details

Scar Master BedroomScar in Hoy is a renovated croft high on the hillside of Rackwick in the Orkney island of Hoy. A high quality modern house in rural settings, Scar has been built with comfort in mind and has a simply stunning view across Rackwick valley and beach.

Scar is a traditional stone-built cottage in a great location, though located high up Moor Fea, - there is easy access by car - and it is in a great location for walking to the Old Man of Hoy. Enjoy cooking a meal in our eye level oven and grill - or relaxing under a power shower after a long walk!

Scar has a fenced off garden, so you will not get any unwelcome visits from Rackwick's sheep! There is a patio area and lawn for you to relax on.

Scar Living roomLiving Room

Scar Cottage has a wood / peat / coal burning stove in it's living room and plenty of comfortable seating.

Entertainment equipment includes stereo radio/cd player, digital TV with freeview and a DVD player.


The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances including hob, eye level oven and grill, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

Scar bunk bedroomBedrooms and Bathroom

Scar sleeps four people comfortably in two double bedrooms or five if the fold out bed is used.

The bathroom is modern with a luxurious bath and shower - ideal for relaxing after a long walk in the hills. There are also drying facilities, should you get caught in a shower whilst exploring the dramatic scenery of Hoy!

Prices per week

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May £420
Jun, Jul, Aug £495
Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec £420