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 features impressive views over the famous loch and its surroundings. Guests benefit from free private parking on site.

With free Wi-Fi, the rooms feature a TV and tea and coffee making facilities.The rooms also benefit from an en suite bathroom.

The hotel’s award-winning restaurant offers Aberdeen Angus Beef that is sourced from farms within a 10 miles radius, as well as fresh local seafood from hand-dived scallops, to fresh-landed halibut. Swans and herons can be spotted on the loch as guests enjoy their full Scottish breakfast, and scenic sunsets during dinner.

Guests can fish on the hotel’s own pier. Staff can organise boat trips and tuition with special out-of-season rates from October to April.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

Merkister Hotel has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 27 Mar 2013.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Free parking available at the hotel


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Property questions and answers
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The property usually replies within a few days
  • Are dogs allowed?
    Yes, as long as they are on the conifrmation of booking (i.e. as long as we are advised, and have space) No LARGE Breeds.....Great Danes, St Bernards etc....
    Answered on 10 August 2021
  • we will be coming from shetland, the boat arrives at 11pm would we be able to book in or would we be too late
    as long as we know in advance guests are arriving of this late boat then its fine.... Thank You :Lorna
    Answered on 11 August 2021
Hotel surroundings *
Facilities of Merkister Hotel
  • Fishing
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Parking
  • Laundry
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Merkister Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!


14:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 11:00


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa JCB Merkister Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please inform Merkister Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about Merkister Hotel

  • The prices at Merkister Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at Merkister Hotel is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Merkister Hotel is 1.4 miles from the centre of Harray.

  • Merkister Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Fishing

  • Merkister Hotel has 1 restaurant:

    • From the nearest airport, you can get to Merkister Hotel by:

      • Car 20min

    • Room options at Merkister Hotel include:

      • Twin
      • Twin/Double
      • Single
      • Double