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Rackwick, Old Man of Hoy & Cuilags
Introduction to Walk 3650

Photo from the walk - Rackwick, Old Man of Hoy & Cuilags

County/Area - Orkney Islands

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.6 miles / 15.6 km

Ascent - 1650 feet / 500 metres

Time - 6 hours 30 minutes

Grade - mod/hard

This walk from Rackwick explores the western coast of the Isle of Hoy and the rocky tooped hill of Cuilags. The route includes the Old Man of Hoy, St. John's Head, the minor top of Suii Fea and the summit of Cuilages with its excellent view which includes the highest hill in the Orkneys. A steep descent and a pleasnt walk through the Glens of Kinnaird leads back to the start. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.


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