What is hoy?

  • (noun): A flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals).
    Synonyms: barge, flatboat, lighter


Hoy (from Norse Háey meaning high island) is an island in Orkney, Scotland. With an area of 143 square kilometres (55 sq mi) it is the second largest in the archipelago after the Mainland. It is connected by a causeway called The Ayre to South Walls. Unusually, the two islands are treated as one entity by the UK census.

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Hoy, Shetland
... Hoy (Háey, Old Norse for 'high island') is a small island in Weisdale Voe, an arm of the sea in the Shetland islands, Scotland ... Nearby are the smaller islets of Hoggs of Hoy and Junk ... The Sound of Hoy lies between Hoy and Strom Ness peninsula on the Shetland Mainland ...