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Longhope


(Long Hope)

A fine natural harbour in the Orkney Islands lies at the southern end of Hoy, formed between the South Walls peninsula and the main body of the island. Signifying a 'long bay', it was formerly the assembly point for naval convoys, its entrance being protected during the Napoleonic Wars by two Martello Towers which still survive. The Hackness (south) Tower is open to the public. The Longhope Lifeboat Station lies at the southern tip of Hoy and a memorial to the crew of the lifeboat lost with all hands in the Pentland Firth on 17th March 1969 stands on South Walls.


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