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-mile 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 9.4 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

Free parking available at the hotel


Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
1 double bed
or
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
or
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
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2 single beds
1 single bed
1 double bed
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Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.7
Facilities
8.8
Cleanliness
9.3
Comfort
9.3
Value for money
8.4
Location
9.4
Free WiFi
8.5
High score for Harray
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  • John
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Location and friendliness of staff very helpful and Happy to help
  • Elizabeth
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The staff were very friendly and helpful and were always smiling. The menu was varied enough for us to have something different on each of the 5 nights; the food was always excellent The view from our room was wonderful.
  • Nissim
    Israel Israel
    The pictures don't do justice to the hotel. It sits on the Loch, the breakfast area is facing the Loch. The service is top notch, the rooms are clean and nice. Good breakfast. When I'll get back to Orkney, I will be coming back to Merkister, for...

Hotel surroundings

Restaurants
1 restaurant on site

Facilities of Merkister Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Bar
Activities
  • Fishing
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    Services
    • Laundry
    General
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Heating
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages spoken
    • English

    House rules

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

    Check-in

    From 14:00 to 21:00

    Check-out

    From 08:00 to 11:00

     

    Cancellation/
    prepayment

    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

    Pets are not allowed.

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

    The fine print
    Need-to-know information for guests at this property

    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

    • Room options at Merkister Hotel include:

      • Twin
      • Twin/Double
      • Single
      • Double

    • Merkister Hotel has 1 restaurant:

      • Restaurant

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

      • Fishing

    • Merkister Hotel is 1.4 miles from the centre of Harray. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

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