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Located on the shore of Harray Loch and family-run for over 30 years, the Merkister Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. Beautiful, cozy hotel in stunning location. Meals were superb. Highly recommended and we will definitely be returning if we come back to this area. Great value for money as well.
Situated on the Orkney Island, 14 miles from Kirkwall, Smithfield Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with free parking, a bar, and a restaurant. Kirkwall airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Central location, in the heart of Neolithic Orkney. Fine vintage coaching inn, updated rooms, wonderful meals and breakfast.
Set in Finstown in the Orkney Islands region, Lilly's Lodges features a patio and garden views. Located 8 km from Maeshowe, the property provides a garden and free private parking. What a terrific find. Wish we would have stayed here all our nights on Orkney. Nice rural location convenient to everything - even the ferry for a 6:30am launch. If you want to in a quiet nature setting with easy access to Kirkwall, the historic sites, coastal drives, etc, this is it! As good as it can get.
Boasting a garden, Runa Guest House is situated in Twatt. The guest house also features free WiFi and free private parking. Everything else. Cosy, comfortable. Lovely bed, not the comfiest sofa but plenty of cushions to make up for that! Good sized tv with access to Netflix which was handy on a rainy evening or two. Kitchen was well appointed with all the basic pans you would expect and spotlessly clean.
Cottiscarth Cottages features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Finstown, 11 km from Maeshowe. Clean, new and very cosy and comfortable. Everything you need for a wee holiday. The hosts Robbie and Eileen couldn't be more friendly and welcoming, with nothing being too much trouble. The area was beautiful with picturesque views to watch the boats coming and going every day. Orkney is a wonderful place unlike any other and would recommend it to anyone! We will definitely be back to Cottiscarth in the future. We saw lots of beautiful birds and saw the puffins up close on Broch of Birsay with David telling us where to find them. Thanks so much guys, we had a wonderful holiday post lockdown.
Fabulous history, beautiful views and very friendly folks. The weather (windy with bits of rain) is part of the fun! From one end of the main island to the other is about 30 minutes max. Lots of sites and activities without a lot of travel time.
Every Britain should visit the Orkneys to check out a significant time in their nations heritage. We had a car making it easy to get around and visit historic sites from Earls palace to Tomb of the Eagles
Unspoilt . Great for history and the locals are lovely. Lots to do if you like history and the island (main) is easy to travel. Skara Brae is a must and take a tour as it is very interesting. Vegetarian food was a bit more difficult and beware the chip shops use beef fat but the Chinese in Stromness is well worth a visit if you are vegan/ veggie. We were there for 2 days and it gave us plenty of time to do what we wanted.
Wow! Orkney is beautiful. There’s a strong Viking spirit here. We attended the Summer Solstice ceremony at the Ring of Broghdar which was special. A trip to Kirkwall was great and we were lucky to catch a concert at The Reel. The ferry trip across from Scrabster can be gut-churning if you suffer seasickness (like me). Orkney is a different world.
Weather, scenery, archeology and history. Good pubs and great music. Some of the restaurants could improve their services EGP no sauce with a steak and no mustard in the hotel! Waiter collected the plates one at a time.
We had great weather - sunny but very cool winds. The archeological sites were fantastic - well presented with lots of expert information. The history of the Navy on the islands is also worth finding out about. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise with myriads of sea birds on the cliffs. You’ll be blown away by the seascapes and beaches. The old parts of Kirkwall, Stromness and St Margaret’s Hope are quaint and interesting. We had a hire car so were able to get about easily. We didn’t get to any of the outlying islands - not enough time! The people are very friendly and ready to share the delights of their homeland. Make sure you sample the seafood, especially the scallops.
This is an ideal place to base yourself if you are going to stay in the Orkneys for a few days. It is centrally located and close to many POI. It is well set up for self catering and has everything you need and Sarah had left bread and milk to get us started. If you are lucky enough to be there on a Friday night you might see The Peedie Chippy van in the park across the road who are legendary and the constant lineup from 4pm proves it. It is a quiet location overlooking the sea and we really enjoyed our stay here.
Wonderful accommodation, in a perfect place for all aspects , walking , cycling,Fishing, Dog Waliking , hiking,and stunning scenery as only Orkney can provide. 5 mins from a wonderful safe beach and bay The Hosts were superb and have a delightful small Restaurant serving wonderful Pizzas ,made and cooked by the host himself. Fantastic!!
Lovely central position on the mainland, handy by car to key archaeological sites, Kirkwall and Stromness. Lovely Orkney atmosphere and gracious hospitality.