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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. It was in a beautiful location on the edge of a loch so the views from our room were lovely. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny afternoon so we enjoyed pre dinner drinks sitting outside on the loch’s edge watching the sunset. We had one of the best meals in five weeks of travelling in Scotland...their hand dived scallops were truly delicious! Not the flashiest of hotels we stayed in, but it had a lot of charm with happy, friendly staff, great food...all made for a memorable stay.
Located in Twatt, Runa Guest House offers a garden. The guest house also features free WiFi and free private parking. I stayed in the King Suite, which is a perfect self-contained, recently renovated apartment. Wonderful fully-equipped kitchen, large bathroom and wide screen TV. Comfortable king bed. No sea view but easy access to all the main sights on the west side of Orkney Mainland. Lovely view of Twatt Church. Excellent internet. Host was informative and helpful. Great place to explore the area.
Cottiscarth Cottages features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Finstown, 6.8 mi 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.