Set in a 19th-century building, The Sands Hotel, Orkney is located along the shore of Scapa Flow in Burray village. It has a bar, a restaurant and beautiful sea views.

The hotel overlooks Burray Harbor and Watersound Bay. A general store and newspaper shop are a short walk away and Pentland Ferries terminal at St Margaret’s Hope is 4 miles away.

All rooms at Sands have an private bathroom and views of the beach. Guests get tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a hairdryer. The suites have a small kitchen and living area.

The Watersound Restaurant has a nautical theme and offers an à la carte menu with an emphasis on seafood. Fresh local produce is used whenever possible.

Kirkwall Airport is reachable within 20 minutes and parking is free at the hotel.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

The Sands Hotel, Orkney has been welcoming guests since Aug 22, 2005

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Great Food: Meals here are highly recommended!

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish

Free parking available at the hotel


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Room Type
Bedroom 1::
1 full bed
Bedroom 2::
2 twin beds
1 twin bed
1 full bed
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Property questions and answers
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  • We will be docking at Kirkwall at 11.00pm sailing from the Shetlands would Sands Hotel be open to take in customers at midnight.
    Yes that no problem - as long as we know in advance so that we can arrange for a member of staff to be here to meet you.
    Answered on June 28, 2022
  • Hi, we are coming oot for a meal soon do we need to book ??
    Hi, we always advise booking to avoid disappointment as most nights we are full.
    Answered on June 28, 2022
  • Hi I’m looking to book the deluxe triple room for early October . Can you advise regarding the ferry times in October and where to land . Cheryl
    Hello, For staying with us, you are best to travel with Pentland Ferries as they berth just 5 minutes away from our Hotel. They have 3 sailings per d..
    Answered on June 28, 2022
  • How far are you away from the Kirkwall ferry as we don’t get into port until 2300 would you be able to accommodate us that late.?
    Hello, We are about a 20 minute drive from Kirkwall. It is no problem for a late check-in as long as we know in advance so that we can assure there is..
    Answered on June 28, 2022
  • Hello Do you take dogs please? Neil
    Hi Neil, We do not allow dogs in the hotel rooms or restaurant but they are more than welcome in the bar area for lunches or evening meals.
    Answered on June 28, 2022
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Hotel area info *
1 Restaurant On Site


Amenities of The Sands Hotel, Orkney
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Alarm clock
  • Ocean view
  • View
  • Electric kettle
  • Darts
  • Pool table
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Kids' meals
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not possible).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • Carpeted
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

The Sands Hotel, Orkney takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Until 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 6 and above are considered adults at this property.

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

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa The Sands Hotel, Orkney accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Guests are requested to inform the hotel of their estimated time of arrival.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

FAQs about The Sands Hotel, Orkney

  • The Sands Hotel, Orkney is 800 feet from the center of Burray Village.

  • Check-in at The Sands Hotel, Orkney is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • The Sands Hotel, Orkney has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant

  • The prices at The Sands Hotel, Orkney may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at The Sands Hotel, Orkney include:

    • Double
    • Suite
    • Triple

  • The Sands Hotel, Orkney offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Pool table
    • Darts

  • Guests staying at The Sands Hotel, Orkney can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish