The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

The Needle - Hoy

The Needle is situated on the south-west of Hoy. The rock is 70 metres high. 

There is a local tale of a man who may have been called Big Geordie who climbed to the top of the Needle. When he arrived home he realised he had left his pipe lid at the top and declared  "Damn it I will have to go back!!" 

A further tale is that he left his knife and pipe on the top, and maybe his wallet!. Whatever the truth of the story, he is said to have been an exceedingly strong man with nerves of steel.