Here is the Latest News from The Island of Hoy


16 April 2016The Blether Issue 26

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23 February 2016The Blether - Issue 25

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17 February 2016IoHDT board meeting cancelled

The IoHDT board meeting scheduled for tonight, 17th February, has been cancelled.

The next board meeting will be Wednesday 16th March.


29 January 2016Hoy and Walls Bus service cancelled Friday 29th January

As a consequence of the weather and safety issues, the Hoy and Walls bus service is cancelled for today, 29th January 2016.

28 January 2016Possible cancellations/disruption of the Hoy and Walls bus service

In view of the weather forecast for tomorrow, Friday 29th January, there may be some disruptions/cancellations of the bus service.

If you are planning to use the bus or want further details about a particular service, please ring 07833777760.



22 December 2015The Blether Issue 24

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17 December 2015Job vacancy: Hackness Battery and Martello Tower

Job Vacancy: Hackness Battery and Martello Tower

Part-Time Steward: Fixed Term Appointment one season only (April – September 2016).

This vacancy with Historic Environment Scotland is due to be advertised soon (16/12/2015).

For full details visit the Historic Environment Scotland website


An advertisement may also be posted in the Orcadian.

30 October 2015The Blether Issue 23

Well, the October issue has just managed to creep in before October finishes!

Please click HERE for Issue 23 of The Blether

21 October 2015Hoy and Walls Community Bus cancellations

Please note that tomorrow 22nd October 2015, the bus service will run a reduced service and there will be no services in the morning.

The final run leaving Longhope at 17.20 pm will operate subject to demand.

Please ring 701444 or 701356 if you require any further information.



17 September 2015Martello Tower and Hackness Battery opening times update

Hackness Battery and Martello Tower will be closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the rest of September. The last day of opening this year is Tuesday 29th September.
Further short notice changes are possible so telephone the site on 701 727 to avoid disappointment.

31 August 2015The Blether Issue 22

30 August 2015Amendments to Information and Travel Guide by 31st August

Apologies for posting this so late in the day!



Arrangements are currently being made for the production of the 2016 Islands of Orkney Brochure.

In order that the brochure correctly reflects the services which are to be available during 2016, business operators and interested parties are asked to contact their local Community Council Clerk to make/delete an entry or to ensure that the detail of their existing entry in the brochure is accurate.

There is a very strict deadline for submission of amendments, therefore, you are advised to contact your Community Council Clerk as soon as possible.

Graemsay, Hoy & Walls Community Council Clerk contact details are as follows:-

Mrs Trish Avis



KW16 3PA


Telephone: 01856 701 498

Email: ghwclerk@btinternet.com  

Deadline for amendments is:-


27 August 2015Job opportunity with the Island of Hoy Development Trust

Island of Hoy Development Trust

Office Administration Assistant – Part Time

Pay: £8.00 per hour - 10 hours per week

The Island of Hoy Development Trust is seeking to appoint an office administration assistant to provide administrative support to both the Finance and Administration Officer and the Project Manager and aid the day to day operation of the Trusts office.  The position is based on Hoy starting from 1st October 2015 for six months with a view to the position continuing after this period. 

 The successful candidate will be expected to have basic computer skills to include the use of email, internet and Microsoft Word, along with a pleasant telephone manner and ability to work as part of a team.  Training will be provided where appropriate.

 Hours worked can be, and may be required to be flexible, but within agreement to help manage peaks and troughs that occur.

 For a more detailed job description, contact Liz Davidson on 01856 701356 (Monday to Thursday 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 16.30) or email liz950@btconnect.com.  Alternatively the job description can be downloaded from the Trust website HERE.

 Please apply in writing with a current CV either to liz950@btconnect.com or by post to Liz Davidson, The Island of Hoy Development Trust, Revenge, Naval Hall, Longhope, Orkney, KW16 3PG.

 Closing date for applications is the 17th September 2015 at 17.00

 Interviews will be held during the week commencing 21st September 2015.

19 August 2015Hoy Community Bus Service - Wednesday service to Hoy

Hoy Community Bus Service 

The Wednesday service between Longhope and Hoy (Hoy Kirk) has been cancelled until further notice. Apologies for the inconvenience and short notice.

All other services between  Longhope and Lyness will operate as normal.

11 August 2015OIC Development and Marine Planning Department drop in 12th August

OIC Development and Marine Planning Department are inviting residents of Hoy and Walls to a drop in event relating to the Mains Issue Report 2015 (ie The Spatial
Strategy, Housing in Orkney, The Marine Environment, Energy and
Infrastructure) on Wednesday 12 August from 2:30pm till 7:30pm at North
Walls School.

The event will include displays on each of the main issues and will be
attended by a policy planner who can explain how you can help shape the
emerging Local Development PLan

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