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New exhibition coming soon

We are delighted that the team behind the HMS Pheasant 1917 exhibition at Northlight Gallery last year (Fiona Graham, Cary Welling & Martin Laird) are bring the show to Hoy Heritage Centre, Hoy Kirk. The exhibition will open on 1 March to coincide with the anniversary of the loss of the entire crew off Rora Head, Hoy in 1917.

The exhibition will run for the whole of March. Hoy Heritage Centre is always open. Come in make yourself a cup of tea and find out ‘Who were the lost men and boys?’. More details at


Hoy Ho Ho!


Image from a Christmas card sent to Emma Bremner of Linksness from Malcolm Stewart, Laird of Hoy

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead.

At Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre we have plans next year for an exhibition tracing the life of Rackwick man William Sinclair Ritch, from Hoy to Hudson Bay and back. We are very grateful to William’s granddaughter Vera Sclater for the donations of photographs and written material for this exhibition.

We will also be launching an online exhibition of the Inverlane before she slipped from view – this will be a public call for images of the blockship in Burra Sound over the years.

All this and more including several events, workshops and walks. Keep informed by signing up to email updates.

See you in 2020.

WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN come in and make yourself a cup of tea and browse our archives.

merry hoy

Berriedale walk

FRIDAY 11 OCT 10:30-4:30 Autumnal walk to Berriedale Wood, Hoy

with Jenny Taylor & RSPB warden Lee Shields

Berriedale Wood is the most northerly native woodland in the UK.

The walk ties in with the ferry service from Stromness to Moaness leaving at 10am and returing at 4:30pm. Ferry can be booked through Orkney Ferries. The walk will involve difficult terrain and burn crossing. There will be transport to Rackwick and to Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre to look at the Effy Everriss Natural History library. Bring packed lunch & water. Wear suitable clothing & footwear.


TO BOOK call Rebecca on 01856 850459

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The Boy Friend


We are very excited to be showing The Boy Friend, Ken Russell’s 1971 film starring Twiggy and with a very special Hoy connection.

The score was arranged by Max while he was staying at Muckle Hoose in Rackwick, Hoy.

The film is certificate U and we will be offering the usual warm welcome at Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre with refreshments and nibbles from 6:30pm.

The event ties in with the Friday evening ferry from Stromness to Moaness departing 5:45pm and returning at 10pm. Book with Orkney Ferries.

Special thanks to West Side Cinema who are supporting this event with their lovely projector and projectionist.

The Boy Friend