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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.

8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
588 reviews
Price from$105.83per 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.

8.3
Scored 8.3
Very Good
Rated very good
473 reviews
Price from$230.34per 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.

6.5
Scored 6.5
Pleasant
Rated pleasant
258 reviews
Price from$199.22per 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.

8.0
Scored 8.0
Very Good
Rated very good
162 reviews
Price from$295.71per night
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.

7.8
Scored 7.8
Good
Rated good
409 reviews
Price from$161.86per 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.

8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
371 reviews
Price from$100.85per 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.

8.4
Scored 8.4
Very Good
Rated very good
425 reviews
Price from$146.92per night
Ardconnel Bed and Breakfast, hotel in Kirkwall

Offering sea views, Ardconnel Bed and Breakfast in Kirkwall features accommodations, a garden, and a shared lounge. This bed and breakfast offers free private parking, bicycle parking, and free Wifi.

9.6
Scored 9.6
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
321 reviews
Price from$161.86per night
Royal Oak Guesthouse, hotel in Kirkwall

Royal Oak Guesthouse enjoys a location in Orkney, 1.4 miles from Scapa Beach and 11 miles from Maeshowe. This guest house features free private parking, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wifi.

9.2
Scored 9.2
Wonderful
Rated wonderful
43 reviews
Price from$114.55per night
Peedie Picky Townhoose - STL OR00094F, hotel in Kirkwall

Featuring a garden, Peedie Picky Townhoose - STL OR00094F provides accommodations in Orkney. With garden views, this accommodation features a patio.

10
Scored 10
Exceptional
Rated exceptional
6 reviews
Price from$161.86per night
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What Guests Said About Kirkwall:

  • 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
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Kirkwall is a beautiful little city.

    Kirkwall is a beautiful little city. I came for the incredible Neolithic history and to search for family ties in the area. There are many jewelry shops as well as artists studios and tweed or wool shops. The museum is also fantastic. It’s a fibre artist’s dream.
    Lisa
    Canada
  • 6.0
    Scored 6.0

    I would not stay at this hotel again out of choice .

    I would not stay at this hotel again out of choice . We visited a restaurant out of town for a meal and it was superb. I then read the reviews for this restaurant with rooms which was in a beautiful location with lovely views and they were excellent also far cheaper. The restaurant was the Foveran and I would thoroughly recommend it. Also visited the Italian chapel and the site of the discovery of a 3000 year old settlement both of which are a must to see. I played golf at the Kirkwall golf club very friendly and welcoming although totally self booked with honesty box available .
    sue
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    It is a small, clean quiet town with some good restaurants...

    It is a small, clean quiet town with some good restaurants and things to see like St Magnus Cathedral and the town museum. It is a good base to visit Scapa Flow, Stromness, the various assorted standing stones and the neolithic ruins at Scara Brae - how you do it is up to you but we took a tour, you could hire a car, you could ride bikes. You can hire wheels if one of you needs assistance when walking. But if you want to island hop then consult the local travel centre well in advance as the ferry time tables are tricky - or do it on your first day, And be aware that some places close Saturday and Sunday and not all stay open late - book your restaurants. They seem to stop serving by 9pm so think of eating probably from 6pm to about 8pm. They take bookings. Taxis are easily hired - phone for one - you will need to take a taxi to the Highland Park Distillery and you MUST book your tour there in advance - just turning up doesn't get you in.
    Boring
    United Kingdom
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Kirkwall has castle ruins, with history, right across from...

    Kirkwall has castle ruins, with history, right across from an ancient cathedral, along with pubs, museums, and restaurants. It has slate and cobblestone walks. The island has ancient archaeological sites which are amazing. Hike on Hoy Island is only a ferry boat away. Kirkwall on Orkney is really convenient.
    Anne
    United States of America

Explore guest reviews of hotels in Kirkwall

  • From $149.41 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 409 reviews
    The location of the hotel was perfect. We were close to the main street and could walk easily to St. Magnus Church, the Bishop's Castle and many nice restaurants. The WEGH also served a hearty, delicious breakfast. Our room was cozy, the bed was very comfortable and the staff were so friendly. They even have a car park. And they let us leave our bags there after check-out so we could enjoy Kirkwall more before our departure.
    Naudane
    United States of America
  • From $224.12 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 221 reviews
    Great central location in Kirkwall - handy for the cathedral and the Bishop's and Earl's Palaces. An old hotel, like many in Kirkwall, but well kept up to provide modern and comfortable amenities. Get past the austere facade and this is an attractive, historic building. For this standard of hotel, the rates are reasonable. The staff (reception, breakfast and the bar) are all very friendly and helpful.
    Michael
    United Kingdom
  • From $92.14 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 371 reviews
    The room was comfortable. And the kitchen and dining rooms were superb! suitable for cooking and enjoying an extended stay. Even though the bathroom facilities were quite old everything worked just fine. I am looking forward to your upgrade if I have a chance to visit Kirkwall again in the future. And the most important thing is the staff who were very nice, friendly, and helpful.
    Chanicha
    Thailand
  • From $149.41 per night
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 409 reviews
    Perfectly located in Kirkwall, good for the town centre and my trip to the Highland Park distillery. A good breakfast was included with the price, I was particularly pleased with the well sourced and cooked poached egg and black pudding. A very good all round hotel for the price bracket.
    Robin
    United Kingdom
  • From $199.22 per night
    6.5
    Scored 6.5
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 258 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
  • 9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 26 reviews
    Spacious, modern and clean. Very conveniently located between Stromness and Kirkwall, on the main island of the Orkneys. A working sheep farm, and the sheep would walk around the back and eat the grass outside the kitchen window. 😀👍
    William
    Australia
  • 8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 425 reviews
    We had a very nice stay. The staff was very nice and breakfast options were great. We didn't realize on booking that we would have a little kitchen and a setting area. It was very homey and personable.
    Regena
    United States of America
  • 9.5
    Scored 9.5
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 59 reviews
    Every thing was perfect at this hotel doing north coast 500 with a detour to Kirkwall out of our 11 night tour this was defiantly the best. The Host was very friendly and breakfast was also very good.
    Jane Brown
    United Kingdom
  • 9.7
    Scored 9.7
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 55 reviews
    A home from home in the centre of Kirkwall. The owners have thought of everything, including extra toiletries, lovely welcoming hamper and a permit for parking our car directly outside the property.
    Robert
    United Kingdom
  • 9.2
    Scored 9.2
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 41 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
  • 9.4
    Scored 9.4
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 232 reviews
    The location in was ideal in Kirkwall and our host - Nicky- was very welcoming. there was a comfortable shared parlor for guests and we had a spectacular view of the Barbour from our room
    Brenda
    United States of America
  • 9.6
    Scored 9.6
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 34 reviews
    At first we were disappointed not to be staying in Kirkwall, but decided it was nice to be in a peaceful place and still close to town. washer dryer and a lovely drying rack.
    Suzanne
    United States of America
  • From $199.22 per night
    6.5
    Scored 6.5
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 258 reviews
    Good evening meal and breakfast. Albeit it was a short walk to the Kirkwall sister hotel to have meals. Good service from the staff at the Kirkwall Hotel also.
    Paul
    United Kingdom
  • 8.3
    Scored 8.3
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 473 reviews
    Food fab Great bar options Very night noisy outside window due to street revelers Best location in Kirkwall
    debra
    United States of America
  • 7.7
    Scored 7.7
    Good
    Rated good
     · 49 reviews
    Owner was very helpful and the flat is lovely. Right in the heart of Kirkwall with easy parking. Just great!
    Mark
    United Kingdom
  • 9.6
    Scored 9.6
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 321 reviews
    Convenient location to Kirkwall ,I was able to do laundry and the breakfast was great each day
    Louise
    Australia
  • From $224.12 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 589 reviews
    The apartments are in a separate block and it felt more homely than being part of the hotel.
    Ian
    United Kingdom
  • 7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 74 reviews
    The location was good and just outside busier parts of Kirkwall. Enough space.
    Sandipan
    United Kingdom
  • 7.2
    Scored 7.2
    Good
    Rated good
     · 296 reviews
    St Ola gave us a place to lay our heads, and a hot shower in the morning.
    Sheena
    United States of America
  • From $224.12 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 589 reviews
    The location was great, hotel has elevator!
    Ruthie
    United States of America