Lyrawa Hill & Betty Corrigall's grave

[Water of Hoy]

One narrow and winding strip of tarmac links southern and northern Hoy. Travelling northbound, the road climbs high across Hoy's moorland interior. At the high point a lochan suddenly comes into view, unimaginatively titled Water of Hoy. Stop in the unmarked layby and follow the short boardwalk to Betty Corrigall's grave: the eventual resting place of a young lady whose partner deserted her and ran away to sea after she fell pregnant in the 1770s. Unable to bear the shame, she first attempted to drown in the ocean off Hoy, before successfully hanging herself in a nearby barn. Taking her own life denied her a Christian burial, so she was laid to rest on unconsecrated ground close to the Water of Hoy. Even in death she seemed unable to find peace, her body being accidentally disturbed multiple times by peat cutters and Scapa Flow soldiers; only now does a small headstone afford her dignity. Given her desire to be left alone, perhaps it's fitting that the grave's path is unsignposted. Hundreds of tourists must pass by each summer, but few stop to pay their respects. A track branching off a little further along the road (this time signposted) leads to the high point of Lyrawa Hill with wide views over Scapa Flow: another poignant location as you gaze out over this graveyard of sunken vessels.

[Betty Corrigall's grave]

📌 Betty Corrigall's grave ☆☆☆
Description: Resting place of 27-year old Betty Corrigall after a tragic series of events, both in life and afterlife.
Location: Off the B9047 just south of the Water of Hoy, G.R.: ND 280998 ///currently.wipe.dancer
Anything else? Access on foot by short wooden boardwalk from the unmarked layby at the south end of the Water of Hoy.

📌 Lyrawa Hill viewpoint ☆☆☆
Description: Good viewpoint for Scapa Flow, surrounded by the remains of wartime defences.
Location: Off the B9047 by the Water of Hoy, G.R.: ND 285997 ///pushing.saddens.punchy
Anything else? Signposted from the B9047, a few hundred metres up a stony and potholed track. You could try to drive along it, but it's probably better to walk from the signpost.

[View over Scapa Flow from Lyrawa Hill viewpoint]


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