The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme


Hoy Kirk, Hoy

The Hoy Kirk was built in 1892, replacing an 18th-century church. Local tradition says that the carved oak panel, built into the pulpit and bearing the date 1624, came off the wreck of a Spanish man-of-war, part of the famous Armada. The wooden cross above the pulpit was made by the local customs and excise officer, out of wood taken from HMS Vanguard, blown up on her moorings in Scapa Flow in 1917.

Recently refurbished as a Visitor Centre, the kirk is used by the community for a variety of purposes – dancing, concerts, wedding receptions, meetings and a heritage centre. The building is managed by the Friends of Hoy Kirk, and enquiries can be made on 01856 791 262.