Green Noses Viewpoint, Hoy, Orkney
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Green Noses Viewpoint, Hoy, Orkney

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This viewpoint looks down over Moness pier which is the pier the foot passengers from Stromness arrive on. There is a good view of the western entry to Scapa Flow and Houton Head can be seen to the other side. Graemsay, Stromness and Orphir are also visible.

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A: Lyrawa Viewpoint, Hoy, Orkney

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C: Clowally, Orphir, Orkney

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I: Citadel Viewpoint, Stromness, Orkney

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J: Natural History, Stromness Museum, Stromness, Orkney

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