Here is the Latest News from The Island of Hoy


21 July 2015Job opportunity at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum



Arts, Museums and Heritage

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

Relief Visitor Services Assistant (Ref: ORK00398)

Hours are offered on an as and when required basis

£8.70 per hour (including Distant Islands Allowance)

A shift allowance will be paid for unsocial hours worked where appropriate

We require a relief member of staff to join the custodial team at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, Lyness.

Duties include site care and security, ground maintenance, dealing with visitors and shop sales.

Applicants should have a good knowledge of Orkney’s war time history. Experience in dealing with the public and of retail would be an advantage.

It is proposed that interviews will be held on week commencing 17 August 2015.

For additional information please contact Jude Callister Tel 01856 791300 or email jude.callister@orkney.gov.uk

Further information is available from, and online applications can be made through www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/orkney

Closing Date: Sunday 2 August 2015

21 July 2015Hoy Community Bus Service - 22nd July 2015

Hoy Community Bus Service 

There will be no service between Longhope and Hoy (Hoy Kirk) tomorrow 22nd July. Apologies for the inconvenience and short notice.

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

20 July 2015Hackness Battery and Martello Tower - information re: closures


The site will be closed on Wednesdays and close early at 16:00 on Thursdays until the end of the season (30th September) or until further notice. Historic Scotland are currently unable to provide staff cover seven days per week.

30 June 2015Hoy Community Bus Service - 1st July 2015


Hoy Community Bus Service 

There will be no service to Hoy (Hoy Kirk) tomorrow 1st July. Apologies for the inconvenience and short notice.

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

23 June 2015Friday Evening Bus Service - June 26th

19 June 2015The Blether - Issue 21

Click HERE for The Blether - Issue 21.


Apologies for the delay this month - technical issues!

13 June 201514th June Fun Run

12 June 2015Hoy Community Bus cancellation on 14th June

Hoy Community Bus

Please note that on Sunday 14th June, the normal Sunday morning service to Moaness leaving Longhope at 9am is cancelled.

However, the evening service leaving Longhope at 5.30pm to meet the ferry at Moaness will run as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

02 June 2015Hoy Community Bus Cancellations 3rd and 10th June 2015

Hoy and Walls Community Bus 

The bus services to Hoy on Wednesday 3rd and  Wednesday 10th June 2015 have been cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience and the short notice.

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

02 June 2015Rackwick Survey 1st to 5th June 2015

16 April 2015Bag the Bruck 2015

16 April 2015The Blether - Issue 20

Please click HERE to access The Blether Issue 20.

Hard copies available shortly.

26 March 2015From 31st March 2015 the Hoy bus timetable is changing

From 31st March, there will some changes to the bus timetable. 

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, there will no longer be a service leaving Longhope at 11.50 am to meet the 12.30 pm boat, however,  this service will still be available on Mondays and Fridays.

There will no longer be a service on a Saturday.

Please CLICK HERE to access the new timetable

25 March 2015Snow Whites and the 7 Dwarfs - North Walls School - 25th March

North Walls School is putting on a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with two performances at the Gable End Theatre today. There's an afternoon show at two o' clock and an evening performance at half past seven. Tickets are £5 or £2 and can be booked at the School on 791 246

22 March 2015Change to bus timetable - Sunday 22nd March

Hoy and Walls Community Bus Service

Today, Sunday 22nd March, the bus service to Moaness will be leaving Longhope at 6pm (and NOT 3.30 pm) to meet with the ferry arriving at 7pm. The change in bus and ferry times is due to unusual tidal conditions.


20 March 20151940s dance at the YM - tonight 20th March

The evening gets underway at 6pm with an exhibition drawing together outcomes of the Island of Hoy Development Trust Legacies of Conflict: Hoy & Walls Wartime Heritage Project and local community archives and reminiscences. Funded by ScotGrad Placement Scheme, Orkney Islands Council's Community Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund's Sharing Heritage Grant Scheme, the 12 month project  looked at ways in which the unique wartime legacy of the island could be used to enhance the community, encourage tourism and act as an educational resource.

A wartime-style concert begins at 8pm, followed by supper, raffles and a dance to the Ronald Anderson Dance Band. This part of the evening throws the spotlight on the new bar and social area,  named 'The Shore', a fantastic addition to the original building. Funded jointly by LEADER and the Big Lottery Fund, this is an airy and inviting space with fantastic views across Longhope Bay.

Admission the event is by means of a donation to YM funds, with the wartime dance prices of men 2/6d, ladies 2/- and children 6d suggested. Everyone is encouraged to come in 1940s style dress - military or civilian - and the evening is sure to go with a swing.

15 March 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 6th April 2015. This post is fixed term for six months to be reviewed with regard to continuation thereafter.

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 by clicking 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 19th March 2015 at 17.00

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 23rd March 2015.

04 March 2015OIC Learning and Development Plan

17 February 2015The Blether - Issue 19

Slightly late - apologies!

Please click HERE for The Blether Issue 19


28 January 2015Hoy Community Bus 29th January

Hoy Community Bus Service

The first bus tomorrow, leaving Longhope at 6.10 am is subject to cancellation depending on the road conditions.

To find out if the bus is running the first service, please text 07760 883994 in the morn.

At the moment, all other services are running as normal. Any cancellations affecting these services will be posted here.




22 January 2015Training and Funding Update


Training and Funding Update


January 2015

Is available on the Training Page

10 January 2015Hoy Bus Service Cancellations -10th January

Hoy and Walls Community Bus Service

The services today, Saturday 10th January, have been cancelled because of the poor weather conditions.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



08 January 2015Hoy Bus Service cancellations 9th January

Hoy and Walls Community Bus Service

Friday 9th January 2015

The bus services leaving Longhope at 6.30 am and 8.00 am tomorrow, 9th January 2015, have been cancelled because of the weather forecast.

All other services on Friday are currently under review

Saturday 10th January 2015

In light of the weather forecast, the bus services on Saturday are under review.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

11 December 2014The Blether - Issue 18

Please click HERE for The Blether Issue 18

10 December 2014Hoy Bus Cancellations - updated

Hoy and Walls Community Bus Service

The bus run leaving Longhope at 11.50 am is cancelled.

The bus services leaving Longhope at 13.20 pm and 15.40 pm will run but are subject to the weather. THESE SERVICES HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED

The last bus service leaving Longhope at 17.20 pm is cancelled.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


08 December 2014Postponement of IoHDT AGM

Due to the weather forecast for Wednesday 10th December 2014 and in the interest of safety, the IoHDT Board has made the decision to postpone the Annual General Meeting  until 14th January 2015 to be held at North Walls at 7.30 pm.

Many apologies for any inconvenience.


If anyone has any queries, please contact the office 701356

26 October 2014The Blether - Issue 17

Please click HERE for The Blether Issue 17

17 October 2014Request for Amendments - Orkney 2015 travel guide


Arrangements are currently being made for the production of the 2015 Islands of Orkney Brochure.

In order that the brochure correctly reflects the services which are to be available during 2015, 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:-


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