North Walls Kirk,Lyness, Hoy


West gable end of the Old Kirk, Lyness, on the island of Hoy in the Orkney Isles. ( 24 June 2014   9pm )

South side of Old Kirk and outbuilding at rear. ( 05 August 2014  9pm ) 

East gable end of Old Kirk.

North Walls Kirk is situated on the picturesque island of Hoy and yields wide spectacular  viewsof the surrounding landscape and bays. It is on the main road between Lyness and Longhope and was originally the mission church on the Melsetter estate and fell into disuse in the last third of the twentieth century.

It has been renovated with care and taste to create a very spacious two bedroomed dwelling house whose design does not detract too greatly from its original purpose and many original features have been preserved.

The garden area around the building is large and now supports small trees, bushes and shrubs and allows for the growing of vegetables and fruit.

North side of Old Kirk. ( 05 August 2014 9pm )

The postcode for the Kirk is KW16 3NX

The owners are Clive and Inga Williamson. Inga is a native Orcadian and was brought up in Hoy. Clive is from the island of Yell, in Shetland.

The island of Hoy is ideal for anyone who enjoys walking and being close to nature plus is a haven for anyone who wants opportunities for peaceful contemplation, so the population includes writers, musicians and painters.

The island was used as a base for the Royal Navy until the nineteen-fifties and as such there is a great deal of wartime military heritage in the area.

The Kirk was renovated by previous owners who reduced the interior to a shell, removing all wall linings as well as the floor. Work was done with minimum conflict to its original purpose and much of the original woodwork and features are retained in the structure. The two gable ends were repointed with lime mortar in 2015 and two of the gothic arched windows were replaced. Internally we have tried to select furnishings in keeping with a certain style and environment.

Amenities on the island include a shop and filling station at Longhope and the  terminal for the roll-on/roll-off ferry to mainland Orkney is at Lyness within 2 miles away. There is a bus service operating on the connecting road.

Over the road from the Kirk is the Gable End Theatre which regularly puts on films, plays, concerts and other cultural events.

The primary school is next to the Theatre and so is a few minutes walk away. Within the school campus there are community leisure facilities and a swimming pool.

The local hotel and bar is  2 km away in Lyness village

Here is a link to a discussion on the Orkney Communities web site about the recent history of the Old Kirk.

Floor Plan for Old Kirk

Midnight - midsummer 2016