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West End Guest House, hotel in Kirkwall

West End Guest House is set in Kirkwall, 0.7 mi from Highland Park Distillery. Free private parking is available onsite. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience.

Brekfast was great
7.8
Scored 7.8
Good
Rated good
430 reviews
Price from$163.40per night
The Shore, hotel in Kirkwall

Set in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands region, The Shore is located 1.2 mi from Highland Park Distillery. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel has family rooms.

Central location, Kirkwall Hotel Restaurant (affiliated with The Shore)
6.6
Scored 6.6
Pleasant
Rated pleasant
278 reviews
Price from$202.66per night
Albert Hotel, hotel in Kirkwall

Located in Kirkwall and within 10 miles of Maeshowe, Albert Hotel features a bar, allergy-free rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. This 3-star hotel offers room service.

hotel was understaffed. and slow. Food was ok. coffee maker was broken
8.0
Scored 8.0
Very Good
Rated very good
174 reviews
Price from$300.83per night
Ayre Hotel & Ayre Apartments, hotel in Kirkwall

Set in Kirkwall, Orkney, family-run Ayre Hotel & Ayre Apartments overlooks Kirkwall harbor. It offers local produce in its restaurant and traditionally styled rooms, with free Wi-Fi.

Was great and close Restaurant
8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
639 reviews
Price from$107.67per night
The Kirkwall Hotel, hotel in Kirkwall

Looking out across the harbor of the Orkney Islands’ largest town, The Kirkwall Hotel features a high-quality restaurant and bar along with stylish rooms with attached bathroom.

During my recent visit to Orkney, I had the pleasure of staying at the Kirkwall Hotel. This historic property exceeded expectations on all fronts. Exceptional Staff: The staff at the Kirkwall Hotel were incredibly professional and supportive. Their attentiveness and willingness to go the extra mile made my stay truly memorable. From assisting with taxi arrangements to facilitating an extended stay due to a missed flight, their genuine hospitality was exceptional. Unmatched Location: The hotel's location is unbeatable. Situated in the heart of Kirkwall, it provides convenient access to a variety of amenities. Lidl, Tesco, restaurants, souvenir shops, and the magnificent Magnus Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Historic Charm: The Kirkwall Hotel itself is a treasure trove of history. The corridors are adorned with captivating historic pictures, offering a glimpse into the past. A particularly delightful surprise was the beautifully preserved guest register dating back to 1948, adding a unique touch to the ambiance. Peaceful and Inviting: My room was impeccably clean and offered a serene atmosphere, free from any disruptive noise. The view of the harbor was an added bonus, providing a picturesque backdrop to my stay. Highly Recommended: The Kirkwall Hotel offers an exceptional combination of comfort, history, and exceptional service. Whether you're a business traveler or a leisure guest, this hotel caters to a truly enjoyable stay. I would highly recommend the Kirkwall Hotel to anyone visiting Orkney. In fact, I look forward to returning myself in the future.
8.3
Scored 8.3
Very Good
Rated very good
473 reviews
Price from$216.60per night
Heatherlea, hotel in Kirkwall

Heatherlea enjoys a location in Kirkwall, 10 miles from Maeshowe and 11 miles from Standing Stones of Stenness. Both free Wifi and parking on-site are available at the bed and breakfast free of...

Everything was perfect!! Lovely host, comfy bed, yummy breakfast and everything else.Room and bathroom very spacious!
9.8
Scored 9.8
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
206 reviews
Price from$183.66per night
Grainbank Mews, hotel in Kirkwall

Housed in a historic building, the recently renovated Grainbank Mews features accommodations with a garden and free Wifi.

9.8
Scored 9.8
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
8 reviews
Price from$179.86per night
Orcades Hostel, hotel in Kirkwall

Offering free WiFi throughout the property, Orcades Hostel is located in Kirkwall. The units in the hostel are equipped with a TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower.

Clean and modern, less expensive than anywhere else on Orkney, keyless entry.
8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
390 reviews
Price from$141.86per night
Kirkwall Youth Hostel, hotel in Kirkwall

Located just 13 minutes’ from St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall Youth Hostel offers free onsite parking and a self-catering kitchen.

Great traditional hostel, felt like being at school camp, but had great kitchen and lots of bathroom facilities
8.1
Scored 8.1
Very Good
Rated very good
435 reviews
Price from$77.27per night
Sanderlay Guest House, hotel in Kirkwall

Sanderlay Guest House in Kirkwall provides accommodations with a garden and a shared lounge. This guest house offers free private parking, private check-in and check-out, and free Wifi.

The host and staff are wonderful and helpful. Lovely room with kitchenette, and full English breakfast. A true gem of a guesthouse.
8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
447 reviews
Price from$149.46per night
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What Guests Said About Kirkwall:

  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    My visit was very short.

    My visit was very short. I went to connect with neolithic and nordic Orkney, mainly the stone circles, and with the beauty of Yesnaby. I was also blessed to be able to cross over to the Broch of Birsay. I left filled with awe and wonder. Sooo much beauty! The ring of Brodgar is magnificent. I highly recommend visiting Maeshowe. That was an unexpected treat. I did not have time to enjoy Kirkwall. I wanted to visit St. Magnus cathedral and see the Ness of Brodgar excavation findings in the museum. I didn't even have time to eat. I also wanted to visit Stromness. Next time! Orcadians are wonderful people. Incredibly friendly. Loved it all. Since I was flying in and the following day out of Kirkwall and the car rental company was also in Kirkwall it made sense to book accomodation in that town.
    Sandra
    Mexico
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Kirkwall caters well for its visitors with an array of...

    Kirkwall caters well for its visitors with an array of quality shops selling a range of local products. The coffee shops are close by and coffee is tasty. There a lot of things to see as you wander through the town. The Cathedral dominates the town and is full of history alongside the bishops and earls house. However there is so much more to explore outwith Kirkwall if you are interested in Neolithic structures, naval warfare history or the wonderful sights of nature.
    Niall
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    A visit to Kirkwall Church is beautiful & full of history...

    A visit to Kirkwall Church is beautiful & full of history the place is so calming when you enter those huge church doors. This is my 2nd visit Orkney loved it. They have quaint streets dating back to 1200's or more but with the Lidl, Tesco + Co-op supermarkets you can get all you need at these stores. We went to excellent restaurant The Ayre Hotel for fish & chips + seafood platter it was excellent + staff were excellent very friendly we are from Catering too it was great good !! We decided to fly this time it was fantastic there in an hour Loganair excellent staff Kirkwall Airport is so cute excellent facilities for travellers lovely cafe & toilets + the staff were excellent special mention to Heather in the Cafe very friendly the scenery taking off from this cute airport was amazing beautiful scenery no wonder Lorraine Kelly loves Orkney too we do too 😀😁😊☺
    Mary
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Kirkwall has everything for a relaxed holiday.

    Kirkwall has everything for a relaxed holiday. Lots to see food is excellent Roads are very good driver behavior is excellent . Local residents are very friendly and helpful. The Cathedral is fascinating , would have loved to hear the organ being played during the afternoons
    Willie
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    A place combining plenty of history of different periods (we...

    A place combining plenty of history of different periods (we went on a fantastic trike trip (https://orkneytriketours.co.uk/) - great experience, visiting the Italian Chapel, standing stones and Scara Brae. The town itself has a 12-century cathedral, historical ruins, and museums, including the wireless communications museum, which was created and is being run by enthusiasts. There are also different daily art groups at Gallery 25 (https://www.facebook.com/Number25Kirkwall/?locale=en_GB) which we enjoyed joining. And the local English is very melodic - it is a pleasure listening to it! I can't say we discovered the fantastic seafood, but there is a lovely shop, The Brig Larder (https://www.jollysoforkney.co.uk/pages/the-brig-larder, one can also order local delicacies to be delivered) - again with lovely staff and a good selection of locally sourced dairy, cheese, seafood and preserves.
    Milena
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    The people of Kirkwall & surrounding areas were so helpful...

    The people of Kirkwall & surrounding areas were so helpful and friendly we used Kirkwall as a base and hired a car to visit all the historical and beautiful scenery throughout the Islands of Orkney. We Definitely will be Back
    Charles
    United Kingdom

Explore guest reviews of hotels in Kirkwall

  • 9.5
    Scored 9.5
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 337 reviews
    Good location just out of Kirkwall with plenty of parking. Our room was spotlessly clean with comfy bed and two comfy easy chairs. There was a great choice of breakfast from continental to full Scottish breakfast and all freshly cooked to order. Our hostess was great and obviously very experienced at running a very efficient service together with providing a warm welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely recommend.
    Helen
    United Kingdom
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 175 reviews
    Beautifully decorated, pleasant Victorian house, looking down on the Highland Park Distillery down the hill, with countryside on 2 sides. Only 5 mins drive from Kirkwall. Comfortable twin room. Delicious full breakfast with choices. Host made friendly suggestion to try chilli jam on the haggis - lovely. Small, privately run hotel with a balance of traditional & modern styles. I would stay here again.
    Susan
    United Kingdom
  • From $171 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 430 reviews
    For un "unmanned hotel" I seen the owner more often that most manned hotels. Andrew was lovely, constantly helpful and always trying to assist. The hotel was clean, well maintained and comfotable enough. The location is PERFECT for a night out or in my case doing work on the mainstreet with everything within walking distance. There is parking for a car and plenty of restaurants nearby.
    Jamie
    United Kingdom
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 47 reviews
    The apartment is within easy walking distance of everything you need in Kirkwall, from the supermarkets to the Earl's Palace to the restaurants and the ferry to the northern isles. The kitchen is very well equipped and it's a good hob, and tea, coffee, and milk is provided. Communication with David was excellent beforehand, too.
    Nick
    United Kingdom
  • From $380 per night
    8.3
    Scored 8.3
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 473 reviews
    The restaurant food and service at The Kirkwall Hotel is superb. Local ingredients showcased to their best. All the waiting staff were excellent, really friendly and nothing too much trouble. Location of the hotel right on the harbour offers super views across the bay. Everything in Kirkwall is easily accessible from this base.
    edwin
    United Kingdom
  • From $234.33 per night
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 278 reviews
    The Kirkwall hotel has been renovated to a lovely standard. Very tastefully done. The staff were all really helpful, friendly and professional. Breakfast was really good, served in the dining room and their Covid system of pre ordering worked really well.
    Sheila
    United Kingdom
  • From $234.33 per night
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 278 reviews
    The staff were very helpful and friendly especially when we were transferred to the main building ie the Kirkwall hotel after a flood at the Shore. Both rooms were spacious and comfortable. The facilities at the Kirkwall hotel were excellent.
    Marian
    United Kingdom
  • From $171 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 430 reviews
    The room was small but cozy. The staff was phenomenal and made our stay amazing. The breakfast served in the morning was just right. It was right next to the main shopping street and close to restaurants and shopping.
    Lesli
    United States of America
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 47 reviews
    Location in old town. Lovely host. Close to everything. Free pkg. Nice feel. Love Orkney & Kirkwall! Recommend Orcadian Restaurant at Ayre Hotel for scallops & a visit to Skara Brae!! ❤️
    Jan
    Australia
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 40 reviews
    15min minutes to stroll into Kirkwall fantastic view of highland Park distillery Nice and cosy everything you need for a comfortable stay nice and quiet
    Charter
    United Kingdom
  • 8.9
    Scored 8.9
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 32 reviews
    Excellent central location in Kirkwall. Close to shops and restaurants. Paid parking very close. Apartment was spacious and well appointed.
    Thomson
    Canada
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 42 reviews
    Really well thought through holiday accommodation with everything you need. Very comfortable and within walking distance of Kirkwall.
    Kate
    United Kingdom
  • 7.7
    Scored 7.7
    Good
    Rated good
     · 235 reviews
    The staff, they were all brilliant and very helpful. The rooms are stunning, and so is the hotel. The bar is fantastic too.
    Andy
    United Kingdom
  • From $253.33 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 639 reviews
    Great location, very friendly and generous staff, and a comfortable room. Will definitely stay again if back in Kirkwall.
    Rosie
    United Kingdom
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 275 reviews
    Easy to get to by bus. Friendly host. Pancakes were such a wonderful addition to their menu. Comfortable and clean.
    L
    Lanette
    United Kingdom
  • 7.7
    Scored 7.7
    Good
    Rated good
     · 235 reviews
    Good location with private parking spaces. Cozy room and onsite bar/restaurant.
    Silvia
    Italy
  • 7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 72 reviews
    The location was good and just outside busier parts of Kirkwall. Enough space.
    Sandipan
    United Kingdom
  • 9.5
    Scored 9.5
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 136 reviews
    Great place, right in the heart of Kirkwall.
    Antranig
    Australia
  • From $253.33 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 639 reviews
    The location was great, hotel has elevator!
    Ruthie
    United States of America
  • From $380 per night
    8.3
    Scored 8.3
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 473 reviews
    beautiful remodel of a historic hotel
    Susan
    United States of America