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ND2099 :: Rackwick

Taken 12 years ago by Stephen McKay near Rackwick/ND2099, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Rackwick by Stephen McKay

Rackwick is the only settlement of any sort on Hoy's west coast. Its history was as a crofting and fishing community but nowadays most of the well scattered cottages are holiday homes. The reality is that few people are prepared to live in such an isolated place, far from most modern services and very bleak in winter. Hoy is geologically different from the rest of Orkney, being mostly composed of resistant upper old red sandstone know as the Hoy sandstone; this gives the island mountainous scenery - although in reality the hills are not especially high.
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Subject Grid Square ND2099
Subject Lat/Long 58.873915,-3.384979 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Rackwick/ND2099, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Photographer Stephen McKay
Taken 20090814 200908 2009 (about 12 years ago)
Submitted 2009-08-23
Subject village ·
Group Old Man of Hoy · Orkney · Cottage ·
Term crofting · holiday homes · orkney · west coast · mountainous scenery · sandstone · fishing community ·

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