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.

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  • 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....

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    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

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    Answered on 11 August 2021
Hotel surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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What's nearby
  • Ring of Brogdar
    3.6 miles
  • Ness of Brogdar
    3.9 miles
  • Skara Brae
    3.9 miles
  • Maeshowe
    4.1 miles
  • Standing Stones of Stenness
    4.2 miles
  • Highland Park Distillery
    11.3 miles
Closest airports
  • Kirkwall Airport
    13.2 miles
  • Westray Airport
    22.8 miles
  • Wick John O’Groats Airport
    41.4 miles
How to get to Merkister Hotel from Kirkwall Airport
    Free parking is available.
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Facilities of Merkister Hotel
  • Fishing
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Laundry
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English
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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.

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Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

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Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds 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

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

    • Fishing

  • 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.

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

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

    • Car 20min

  • Room options at Merkister Hotel include:

    • Twin
    • Twin/Double
    • Single
    • Double

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

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Merkister Hotel (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Parking
    • Free parking

  • Merkister Hotel has 1 restaurant: