The Island of Hoy is host to one of the best preserved and least disturbed World War Two defence landscapes in the United Kingdom and can comfortably claim to have the densest concentration of well-preserved wartime sites in Orkney, as well as some of the richest in both Scotland and the whole of the UK.
Welcome to the online portal for Hoy’s Wartime Heritage. From here you can find out more about the important role that Hoy played in the Second World War and how its rich material legacy continues to leave a lasting impression on the island today. Explore Hoy’s incredible archaeology of past conflict virtually and discover ways in which you can get involved in the continuing research and interpretation work being carried out.
These pages have been developed as part of the Legacies of Conflict: Hoy & Walls Wartime Heritage Project, a highly successful community and visitor engagement initiative run by the Island of Hoy Development Trust between 2013 and 2014. The Project and this website have been facilitated through the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme and funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the European Regional Development Fund, Orkney Islands Council’s (OIC) Community Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) ‘Sharing Heritage’ Grant Scheme.