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Visitor Guide 2017

Islands that stir the soul

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Orkney

Island Life

Days spent in Orkney are never forgotten. They become part of you.

Each island has its own unique charm, discover ancient archaeological sites, walk sprawling white beaches, or take in the wildlife.

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Wartime Orkney Orkney has earned a special place in Britain’s 20th century wartime history.

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Orkney’s Wildlife Orkney is a fantastic all year-round destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Arts and Crafts

Orkney’s fertile land and clean waters produce the very finest ingredients.

Experience traditional Orcadian craft skills and contemporary design.

41 Events Diary Orkney’s calendar of lively events, celebrating music, science, art, storytelling, nature and agriculture.

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42 Getting to Orkney and Touring Getting here is easy and a warm welcome awaits.

Produced by: Orkney Tourism Group: 1st Floor, The Travel Centre West Castle Street, Kirkwall KW15 1GU Telephone: +44 (0)1856 230300 Email: admin@visitorkney.com or visit www.visitorkney.com Design & Copy: EW:DM Disclaimer: Whilst Orkney Tourism Group has taken every reasonable step to confirm that the information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press, it is subject to alteration and we cannot guarantee that the information published remains accurate. We recommend that all information is checked direct with the tourism provider. Orkney Tourism Group accepts no liability for any inaccuracy in the information provided.

Staying in Orkney

There are many places to stay in Orkney, from luxurious hotels to beautiful self-catering accommodation.

Credits: Orkney Tourism Group would like to thank everyone that has contributed to the production of this brochure; VisitScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Food and Drink, Orkney Craft Association, Orkney.com, RSPB Orkney, Scottish Viewpoint, Orkney Garden Festival, Peter Lennon, Kay Anderson, Glen McNaughton, Colin Keldie, Premysl Fojtu, Max Fletcher, Fionn McArthur, Sean Purser, Archie Dundas, Selena S. Kuzman, John Wishart, The Press and Journal, Jim Richardson and the Ness of Brodgar Trust, our contributing historians and archaeologists from Orkney, everybody that contributed to our photography competition and our finalists.


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It’s an explorer’s paradise, Orkney puts the best of the great outdoors at your feet all year round.

Every step you take in Orkney is steeped in the history of ancient civilisations.

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An Island People

Festival Islands

Orkney’s unique culture and traditions are a proud expression of island life.

Hosted in venues big and small across Orkney, there’s quite literally something for everyone.

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Things to See and Do

The Green Islands

Whatever time of the year you visit us, there’s lots to see and do!.

Orkney’s people and the land in harmony.

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Find your way around Orkney’s beautiful islands.

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A Different Light

Orkney is a great holiday destination all year round.

2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Orkney Photography Competition

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories, and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems. Throughout our guide you will find insights and inspiration from our local historians and archaeologists.

Last year we ran a photography competition and received over one hundred images of the islands. Entries from local residents and visitors alike showcased some serious photographic talent and an eye for Orkney scenery! The winner, chosen by Orkney Tourism Group, was Noel Donaldson, his photo can be found on page 17 congratulations Noel! Look out for the camera symbol to see the images from our finalists.


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Memories to treasure First impressions and great experiences remain with you forever. It’s personal. Images and memories of special times with friends and family. Days spent in Orkney are never forgotten. They become a part of you. Your relationship with Orkney begins on your journey when you see the islands in the distance. If it’s your first visit, you’ll always remember this moment; for those returning, a reassuring sight. You’ll soon be back in Orkney. Orkney is a feast for the eyes. The rugged beauty of its coastline is spellbinding. This is a place where nature feels at home and it’s possible to escape city living to experience something very different. There is wide

15 things not to be missed (1) St Magnus Cathedral (2) Skara Brae (3) Ring of Brodgar (4) Maeshowe (5) Broch of Gurness (6) Stromness & Pier Arts Centre (7) Italian Chapel (8) Tomb of the Eagles (9) Old Man of Hoy (10) Earl’s Palace & Bishop’s Palace (11) Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial (12) Brough of Birsay (13) Knap of Howar (14) Noltland Castle (15) The beaches of Sanday

open space, beautiful white sand and in the winter months, the chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights. After a short time, you’ll realise that Orkney has cast its spell. There’s so much more than meets the eye. Urban noise is replaced by the sound of Orkney’s wildlife, the crashing Atlantic waves or absolute silence. Peace. In towns and villages, you’ll hear local accents and joyous music - reminders that you’re in a land apart - and taste

the very best produce from the islands’ land and seas. Orkney is in touch with its past; its unique archaeological heritage can be seen across the landscape. To each visitor, Orkney means something special. So, don’t just visit Orkney experience it. Make it a part of you.

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Further than the eye can see To appreciate Orkney it is essential to embrace its island spirit and connect with rural communities. Surrounded by the sea, each has its own identity, character and voice. It’s time to discover the islands of Orkney.

Around 70 islands make up Orkney and if that sounds a bit vague that is because some are tiny, uninhabited isles or skerries and opinions differ as to the precise number. What is not in doubt is the fact that less than a third of the islands are inhabited by Orkney’s population of 21,500. The islands are home to a variety of flora and fauna. A great reason to visit them. The principal islands are shown on the illustrative map opposite and there are three distinct groups. The largest island by far is known as the Mainland and it is home to Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital. The South Isles sit below the Mainland, while the Inner Isles nestle above it. The most remote group of islands stretching out across the North Sea is called the Outer Isles. To put Orkney in a wider geographic context, it is located just 6 miles from the north coast of Scotland and about 50 miles south of Greenland. North Ronaldsay, the remotest inhabited island, lies further north than the southern tip of Norway. Orkney is

surrounded by the sea with over 600 miles of coastline. While the islands cover a large area, they are accessible either by air or ferry all year round. Inter-island ferry services are excellent, making island hopping easy to plan. There’s something about islands that never fails to capture the imagination. A favourite topic for authors, with classics such as Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson and Swallows and Amazons winning a new generation of readers, and books and blogs extolling the virtues of island living proving a hit with those intrigued by the possibility of a lifestyle change. Visit Orkney and you’ll get a taste of the real thing. In addition to indigenous Orcadians, the islands are home to families who have chosen to put down roots here. There’s a great sense of community and belonging, old traditions are upheld and life is acted out at a slower pace. You’ll soon feel very much at home. Take the island of Graemsay. Fewer than 30 islanders live there and, apart from a Post Office, it has no shops, pubs

or other amenities. There’s no traffic to speak of and the ‘Green Isle’s’ six children travel by boat to attend school on the Mainland - it’s just a beautiful place to live and visit. In comparison, Westray, the ‘Queen of the Isles’, is one of Orkney’s largest islands with a thriving population of around 600, a heritage centre, marina, RSPB reserve, attractions, shops and an excellent choice of accommodation for visitors. In their own unique way, each of our islands promises you a wonderful experience and a very warm welcome. Some of the places to be discovered on your travels around Orkney are described on pages 6 & 7 and further information on the islands can be found at visitorkney.com

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Sam Bilner Sunny Mae Sands

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3. The picturesque village of Pierowall in Westray. 4. The Lighthouse in North Ronaldsay.

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The Mainland is a great place to begin your island adventure, hosting the capital Kirkwall, an imposing 12th century cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage site - and that’s just for starters! Drive across the causeways to the Italian Chapel and the Tomb of the Eagles, or head west to visit the ancient seaport of Stromness and experience breathtaking coastal walks.

Hoy is synonymous with the famous sea stack the Old Man of Hoy, while the island’s numerous attractions include the Dwarfie Stone, reputed to be the only rock-cut tomb in Britain. Fewer than 30 people live on Graemsay making the ‘Green Isle’ the perfect choice for those looking to rediscover nature, while Flotta’s key role in both World Wars attracts military history enthusiasts to its many sites.

Stepping off the ferry, the baronial splendour of Balfour Castle is impossible to ignore. Visit the Heritage Centre to learn more about the island’s history and buy locally produced arts and crafts. At the Mill Dam RSPB reserve, see gull colonies and spot rare species including the Hen Harrier. Shapinsay’s ancient sites include the Broch of Burroughston and the Mor Stein standing stone.

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Much of Orkney’s ancient history can be traced to these three small islands. With over 150 individual archaeological sites, Rousay is called ‘The Egypt of the North’. Egilsay was an important destination for pilgrims and its 12th century kirk marks the site of the martyrdom of St Magnus. On Wyre you can visit the Viking castle said to be built by Cubbie Roo, a mythical giant.

Many archaeological treasures, including the Orkney Venus, a tiny 5,000 year old figurine, have been found on Westray. The Heritage Centre in Pierowall tells the story of this remarkable island. Visit 12th century Noltland Castle and the bird reserve at Noup Head. Experience the world’s shortest scheduled flight to Papa Westray, where the Knap of Howar, Europe’s oldest house, predates the pyramids.

Sanday lives up to its name with a stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. It also has a rich archaeological history with many sites including the Quoyness chambered cairn. Take the Sanday Experience guided tour and head to the Heritage Centre to learn more about the island’s history. Sanday has a challenging nine-hole golf course and is a favourite destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Take the Eday Heritage Walk to prehistoric sites including Vinquoy chambered tomb and the Stone of Setter, a giant 15-foot monolith. The area around Mill Loch is popular with birdwatchers and teeming seabird colonies congregate on the cliffs of Red Head. At just eight miles long from north to south, it’s a great island to explore on foot and soak up the stunning scenery.

Peaceful and tranquil, Stronsay is also very flat - ideal terrain to take to two wheels for a spot of sightseeing. The coastal path hugging the captivating eastern coastline leads to Stronsay’s star attraction - the Vat of Kirbister, a gloup spanned by Orkney’s finest natural arch. Stronsay’s sandy beaches and sheltered bays are a firm favourite with seals, while vast seabird colonies gather at Lamb Head.

North Ronaldsay is the most remote of Orkney’s Outer Isles and retains many island traditions that have vanished elsewhere. Landmarks include the Old Beacon and Britain’s tallest land-based lighthouse. Visit the Broch of Burrian, an impressive Iron-age settlement. The island has a bird observatory and is home to a hardy breed of sheep who feed almost exclusively on seaweed.


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Whether you are visiting for two weeks or a couple of days, it is possible to schedule some island hopping into your itinerary. The inter-island transport network is good, with flights and ferry services available all year round. Loganair flies from Kirkwall airport to the six Outer islands, while Orkney Ferries operates an extensive timetable of sailings - foot passengers don’t have to book but if taking your car please remember to reserve your space.

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Dating from the 11th century, Orkney’s busy capital is the largest of the islands’ towns. The skyline is dominated by the magnificent 12th century St Magnus Cathedral, while at ground level there’s a great selection of independent shops, bars, restaurants and attractions including medieval palaces, museums and award winning malt whisky distilleries.

Stromness is Orkney’s second largest town and a ferry port. Home to many artists and writers, it is considered to be an architectural gem, retaining its maritime charm with narrow winding streets leading down to the harbour and waterfront. The best of the islands’ arts and crafts can be bought in local shops, galleries and studios, while a visit to the world renowned Pier Arts Centre is an absolute must!

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At any time of year, Orkney is a place where you are meant to be outdoors! It offers the perfect environment to pursue your favourite sports on land and at sea. Here, there is space to be yourself. So, put your best foot forward, step outside and let Orkney work its magic. So, what can you expect? In Orkney, the great outdoors means over 600 miles of coastline, fertile rolling farmland, and remote moorland. There are secluded bays, turquoise waters and beautiful sandy beaches, and the colours and sounds of the islands’ flora and fauna. Away from the towns and villages, areas are inhabited by wildlife and have remained unchanged for centuries. There’s space to escape, explore new places and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. From the Mainland and Hoy in the south, across the islands to the most northerly outpost of North Ronaldsay, the outdoor experience is exhilarating.

Orkney touches all the senses. You’ll see something in the distance that makes you stop in your tracks. The hypnotic sound of crashing waves reminds you that you’re never far from the ocean; journey inland and birdsong interrupts the silence. On summer days, feel the sand between your toes and as the seasons change, wrap up well, head for the coast and taste the sea air. Every time you return, it’s as good as you remember, but your eyes take in a little bit more. You’ll discover a land of great contrast. There’s dramatic coastal scenery, with paths and routes leading you to towering cliffs with uninterrupted views out to sea.

Away from the coast, the mood changes and the landscape is altogether gentler. Meadows and moorlands are the perfect terrain to explore on foot or two wheels. You’ll encounter the sight of hauntingly beautiful circles of giant standing stones and walk in the shadows of Orkney’s Neolithic ancestors. This is just a taste of what the great outdoors means in Orkney. Every day is a new adventure, but there’s no rush – just relax and take your time.

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“There’s no excuse to stay indoors in Orkney. Whatever the season, the islands attract visitors who just want to get outside and indulge in their favourite pursuit. On land and at sea, there’s plenty to keep you occupied as Orkney provides the ideal location for those in search of an adrenaline rush or simply looking to relax and chill out.”

Find Out More For more information and outdoor places to visit in Orkney, please visit: www.visitorkney.com/things-to-see-and-do

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Outdoor sports How do you like to relax? Many visitors arrive with one thing in mind - their favourite sport. Each year, the islands play host to thousands of sports enthusiasts whose idea of switching off is to pit their wits against the elements on dry land and at sea. Orkney’s wide open spaces, soaring sea cliffs, inland lochs and dramatic coastline provide the perfect venue for those seeking a serious sporting challenge and others who just love the fun of taking part. Wind surfing, sea kayaking, sailing, diving, angling, golfing and rock climbing - take your pick! Orkney’s coastal waters attract sailing devotees in great numbers. Many

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participate in the summer racing season where the testing winds and currents provide ideal conditions for competitors. The islands provide excellent facilities, including 3 marinas. Boat charter is also available. Still at sea, Orkney is a popular cold water destination for divers, especially those in search of shipwrecks at the bottom of Scapa Flow from the scuttling of the First World War German fleet. Surrounded by water, it’s not surprising that Orkney is a mecca for anglers, many of whom hire a boat and tap into the knowledge of an experienced skipper for a day’s exciting sea fishing. There’s many miles of sea trout shoreline and the islands’ inland

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lochs offer some excellent brown trout fishing. Back on dry land, Orkney’s five golf courses may be located in breathtaking scenery, but there’s a sting in the tail they are no pushover and offer a serious challenge even to low handicappers! Look to the skies and you’ll see towering sea cliffs and stacks, a magnet for seasoned climbers with the Old Man of Hoy acknowledged to be the ultimate test. And when the wind blows in Orkney, thrill seekers, whose idea of fun is windsurfing, power kiting and kite surfing, come out to play.

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Hear the voices of the past The Orkney inhabited by our ancestors is an integral part of the islands we know today. Their archaeological legacy stands proudly in a landscape of burial tombs, prehistoric villages and mystical standing stones. The story of Orkney is over 10,000 years old and now it’s your time to experience a world where myths and legends reveal a fascinating history. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is a mustvisit UNESCO World Heritage Site. This spellbinding landscape opens the door to a different world. When we promised you an experience, we meant just that. Orkney’s prehistoric sites provide a remarkable insight to ancient civilisations. The stories they tell us shape the culture and traditions that are upheld by today’s generation. They are part of Orkney’s DNA and belong to a land unchanged in centuries. And this is the difference. In the islands, nature has its say and the results are spectacular. At any time of day the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, the world-famous giant monoliths on the West Mainland, will take your breath away. However, to see them as the light changes and the sun goes down over Orkney these iconic stones have an almost mystical, haunting quality.

Nearby at Maeshowe, you can see one of the finest burial chambers in Europe. This vast chambered tomb, said to be 5,000 years old, is a stunning example of Neolithic design, but take our advice and visit the site at the winter solstice. If you do, we can promise you something very special as the setting sun sends shafts of light into the tomb, dramatically illuminating the central chamber. Orkney is also home to Skara Brae, considered by many to be the best preserved Stone Age village in Europe. The saying ‘get in touch with the past’ takes on a new meaning as visitors walk in the footsteps of the families who inhabited the village all those years ago. These people have never really left us and if you listen carefully you can almost hear their voices...

If Orkney is said to bring the past to life, then the Ness of Brodgar provides yet more evidence of this. Discovered in 2003, regular excavations of this vast six-acre Neolithic site continue to uncover astonishing discoveries and reveal secrets of prehistoric societies. A land that can trace its history back over 10,000 years has many stories to tell and we’ve touched on just a few. Our ancestors have much more to share with us. Neolithic Orkney opens up a whole new experience - be part of it.

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In your opinion why is Orkney so unique? The Ness of Brodgar is only one of the fieldschools run by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute - no better place to study than Orkney, where the land haemorrhages such amazing archaeology. www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk

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6. The Broch of Gurness is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age settlement that is unique to northern Scotland and Orkney. 7. Standing Stones of Stenness. This may be the oldest henge site in the British Isles

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10,000 years - close enough to touch Visitors come here to relax, unwind, take in the sights and escape the rigours of work. Many become captivated by the islands’ ancient history and especially the myths and legends that have grown around our great archaeological treasures and the people who inhabited Orkney all those years ago. World Heritage Site status is not something UNESCO awards lightly. The fact that worldwide there are only around 1,000 designated sites tells us that this is a very special accolade indeed. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, comprising Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe, is considered by UNESCO to be ‘a masterpiece of human creative genius’, on a par with China’s Great Wall, the Pyramids of Egypt and the Acropolis in Athens. Orkney’s mighty quartet is only the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of outstanding archaeological sites, ancient monuments and settlements, that offer a fascinating insight to the lives of our ancient peoples and each has a story to tell. The island of Rousay alone has over 150, earning the nickname ‘The Egypt of the North’. Take Skara Brae. Reputed to be the finest Stone Age village in Western Europe, the settlement was preserved

under sand dunes for over 4,000 years until it was discovered following a violent storm in 1850. Excavations followed to reveal the true extent of this remarkable find. Similarly, the 3,000 year old Tomb of the Eagles on South Ronaldsay was stumbled upon by local farmer Ronnie Simison in 1958. Standing stones have long intrigued historians and archaeologists, in part because their purpose remains unclear. Why were these giant monoliths built? Stone circles are claimed to be places of religious worship and ritual, perhaps built for astronomical observance, or were they created as open-air temples? Theories abound, but we’re no nearer finding the answer. The towering 15foot Stone of Setter in Eday is said to resemble a giant’s hand! Judge for yourself.

no fluke on the part of Orkney’s Neolithic engineers and architects. Its midwinter alignment allows the setting sun to illuminate the interior of the chamber for just a few days in December at the winter solstice. This phenomenon is said to have symbolised rebirth and the continuance of life after death, or was it simply a reminder that the dark days of winter were coming to an end? In stark contrast to the Maeshowe tomb, the Orkney Venus is absolutely tiny, but in archaeological terms it is an absolute star! Standing at just 41mm, this diminutive 5,000 year old treasure is said to be the oldest representation of a human to be found in Scotland. The Westray Wife, its affectionate nickname, was discovered to worldwide acclaim in 2009 and can be viewed in the Westray Heritage Centre.

The precise setting of Maeshowe, a colossal 5,000 year old burial tomb, was

“The spellbinding stone circle - the Ring of Brodgar - is arguably the most iconic symbol of Orkney’s prehistoric past. It is a site of ritual and ceremony, and hauntingly beautiful.”

Meet the: Local writer and storyteller

Tom Muir In your opinion why is Orkney so unique? The Orkney Islands are steeped in legends. They were said to have been created from the teeth of a sea monster, while the stone circles are petrified giants. You can visit the mound where a fiddler played for the fairies, the shore where the selkie folk dance and the rock where a mermaid sits and mourns for her lost love. www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk


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Home to over 150 well-preserved monuments, Rousay is known as the ‘Egypt of the North’. Take the Westness Heritage Walk to see many examples, including Midhowe Cairn – the largest cairn in Orkney.

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Discovered by chance by a farmer in the 1950s, this Stone Age tomb held an amazing collection of bones and artefacts. Today, you can handle some of these rare items in the visitor centre.

Maeshowe is believed to be one of the finest burial chambers in Western Europe. Beneath a large grassy mound, an enormous cairn reveals a level of craftsmanship that is astonishing - not least because the tomb is said to be 4,800 years old.

Ring of Brodgar - West Mainland The spellbinding stone circle - the Ring of Brodgar - is arguably the most iconic symbol of Orkney’s prehistoric past. It is a site of ritual and ceremony, and hauntingly beautiful. The ring was built around 2500-2000BC and covering an area of almost 8,500 square metres it is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles. Sitting within a natural amphitheatre of hills and surrounded by a ditch, 27 of the original 60 stones survive today.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Alan Rimmington Ring of Brodgar at sunset

Skara Brae - West Mainland This stunning archaeological site on the shores of the Bay of Skaill is reputed to be the best preserved Stone Age village in Europe. It is one of Orkney’s most popular attractions. Prepare to be amazed!

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A story of vision and courage Orkney’s landscape bears the scars of its involvement in the two great conflicts of the 20th century. For the people of the islands, their indefatigable spirit and courage was tested as war raged in its waters and they endured periods of upheaval and uncertainty. It’s a remarkable story.

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The islands’ crucial role in both world wars is well chronicled in word, film and image. It’s also evident when you come to Orkney. Gun emplacements and watch towers still look out to sea, while poignant war memorials and cemeteries provide a telling reminder that we should never forget the bravery and sacrifices made by those who saw active service and paid the ultimate price. And then there’s the Italian Chapel - built in wartime by prisoners of war, but a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

Each year, thousands of visitors come to Orkney to learn more about the islands’ wartime history and see at first-hand the names and places they’ve read about. For them, there’s a compelling need to make a personal connection with the islands and be able to say ‘I’ve been there’.

The centenary of the First World War placed the media spotlight firmly on Orkney as the islands hosted events and ceremonies to commemorate the Great War and defining moments from the campaign, including the Battle of Jutland and the sinking of HMS Hampshire. The Kitchener Memorial at Marwick Head looks out to sea where Lord Kitchener and 736 crewmen lost their lives when Hampshire struck a mine and sank on 5 June 1916. The centenary of this tragic event was recognised to the day with a memorial service and the unveiling of a commemorative wall inscribed with the names of all the men who perished.

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Scapa Flow Centre & Museum

One of the best-preserved wartime sites in Orkney, the Ness Battery helped protect Scapa Flow from enemy attack in both World Wars. During World War II it housed a Fire Command and controlled all six batteries defending Hoy Sound. Today, the site is open for guided tours.

This museum is centred around the former fuel oil pumping station at Lyness Naval Base. This fascinating exhibition illustrates the importance of Scapa Flow as a base for the British Naval Fleet throughout history, concentrating on its role during two world wars. (Free admission)

La bella cappella Italiana — The Italian Chapel The heart-warming story of the tiny Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm is as famous as the building itself. Built by Italian prisoners of war, brought to Orkney to help construct the Churchill Barriers, the chapel has become a worldwide symbol of peace and reconciliation. The men transformed two old Nissen huts into an ornate place of worship, a task all the more remarkable given the scarcity of materials at their disposal. Not surprisingly, the chapel is one of Orkney’s most popular visitor attractions.

Scapa Flow – HQ of the British Fleet Scapa Flow has a special place in Britain’s wartime history. It is one of the world’s finest anchorages and was home to the British Home Fleet during both world wars. The German High Seas Fleet was interned after the Armistice and then scuttled at Scapa Flow at midsummer 1919. The Visitor Centre and Museum at Lyness in Hoy tells the story of Scapa Flow and wartime Orkney. It’s home to a fascinating archive of photography, correspondence, film, and artefacts from the wars, plus a collection of military vehicles and artillery.

First civilian killed on British soil during WWII

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Building of Churchill Barriers begins

1943 Lyness in Hoy is home to 12,000 naval personnel

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Navel airfield HMS Tern starts operating in Birsay

Italian POW’s begin building the Italian Chapel

Wartime Orkney

The barriers were built with the help of Italian prisoners of war on the orders of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to block eastern approaches to Scapa Flow following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak by a German u-boat in 1939. In the present day they provide essential road links.


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Orkney’s Wildlife

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Sights and sounds of nature

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With over 70 islands and more than 600 miles of coastline, it’s easy to understand why wildlife feels very much at home. Orkney provides a stunning natural habitat for many different species of birds, animals and wildflowers. Get in touch with the sights and sounds of nature as you explore Orkney. Many visitors to Orkney are accustomed to life in towns and cities where green space is often confined to precious pockets of park and woodland. The islands offer a completely different experience, with vast open spaces and a landscape that is free from urban development. There’s little air or water pollution. Nature has space to breathe. It’s not a surprise that in the skies, seas and on land, Orkney’s wildlife thrives.

Wildlife is the reason why thousands of visitors come to Orkney each year; enthusiasts and many others who simply appreciate the islands’ beauty and enjoy being in nature’s company. The diverse natural habitat of coastal cliffs, wildflower meadows, wetlands and moorlands attracts many different species to the islands. It is home to many different kinds of seabirds and elusive creatures such as the indigenous Orkney vole. Out and about, you can see hares, otters and seals and if you look

Images above from left to right 1. Seals are a common sight and can be seen on many of our beaches, especially in the Autumn. 2. Curlews can be spotted on the 13 RSPB sites throughout Orkney. 3. Arctic terns can be spotted on many of Orkney’s cliff areas. 4. Wildflowers on a cliff edge.

5. Seal and orca watching in the West Mainland. 6. Oystercatchers are a common sight on Orkney’s shore front. 7. The extremely rare Primula scotica begins to bloom in July. 8. Children will have great fun looking for starfish in Orkney!

out to sea, pods of whales and dolphins might be spotted. Orkney also has some of the best sites in the UK to see the charming puffin, notably at Marwick Head in the West Mainland or at the Castle o’Burrian in Westray. Orkney’s a wonderful place to get acquainted with the natural world. Across the islands, there are 13 RSPB nature reserves. Book an expert to show you the sites where you’ll see the spectacular seabird cities, puffins and wetland wildfowl.


Find Out More For more information and outdoor places to visit in Orkney, please visit: www.visitorkney.com/things-to-see-and-do

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PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Noel Donaldson An Orkney puffin, busy building her nest

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Image: There are many Puffins to be seen in Orkney

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Orkney’s Wildlife

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Year round feast for the eyes As the natural habitat adopts the colours of the season and the days grow shorter, wrap up well, get outdoors and discover why the islands have long been a favourite destination for wildlife enthusiasts throughout the year. There’s a lot to see, so let your Orkney nature odyssey begin! The seasons also bring a changing of the guard as many seabirds depart and winter migrants reach Orkney in great numbers. Guillemots, ducks, whooper swans and grebe are among many species to announce their arrival in a cacophony of noise. It’s a special time of year for birdwatchers as the chances of spotting an elusive species are always good. That Orkney attracts wildlife in such numbers is no surprise. The rich natural habitat and mild climate are instrumental in this respect, but there’s another factor that makes a great difference. Here, we value what nature has created and work hard to protect our flora and fauna, nurturing an environment that is safe for all

animals and birdlife. Consider these figures. There are no less than 36 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 13 Special Protection Areas managed by Scottish Natural Heritage in Orkney. The islands are also home to 13 RSPB nature reserves and, on a UK scale, lead the way in seabird breeding with an impressive 21 species. Orkney is also an internationally renowned breeding site for grey and common seals - 15% of the world’s grey seal pups can be found in Orkney! As the days grow shorter, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking autumnal sunsets, the winter solstice and in the clear northern skies over Orkney, Aurora Borealis (or the Northern Lights) creates a magical show of light and colour. It’s

a time when cliff walking becomes an exhilarating experience as Atlantic waves pound the coastline. The West Mainland, from Yesnaby to Marwick Head and the Brough of Birsay to the north, promises spectacular views out to sea. A visit to the island of Hoy provides a chance to see mountain hares in the hills and moors, conspicuous by their distinctive winter white coats. A pair of sea eagles are nesting much to the delight of the RSPB, birdwatchers and locals - fingers crossed they’re joined by chicks soon! The sea eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey and this is the first pair of these magnificent birds to have attempted to breed in Orkney in over 140 years.

Image: Walk the causeway to the tidal island of the Brough of Birsay

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After the stormy winter days, Orkney comes alive again in Spring. It’s a feast for the senses as early wildflowers bloom in a riot of bright colours. Vast colonies of seabirds nest on the cliffs and wintering birds prepare for their arduous return to the Arctic. Inland, new lambs find their feet and you’ll see brown hares indulging in a bold display of boxing. There’s plenty of activity along the coastline with groups of red-billed oystercatchers on the hunt for shellfish.

This is a great time to be outdoors! Common seal mothers proudly show off their new pups and further out at sea minke whales, orcas and basking sharks can sometimes be spotted in calm waters. The famed seabird cities at Marwick Head and in Westray are at their most spectacular, while in the meadows and moorlands wildflowers put on a dramatic show of colour and the prized Primula scotica begins to bloom again in July.


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Orca Watching

Puffin Watching

It’s the best place in Britain to see that rarest of raptors, the hen harrier. It’s rarer than a golden eagle! Orkney has up to 100 territories, or 25% of the breeding population. Come in April to see the breath-taking sky-dancing of the males. Come in May to see their spectacular food passes from the RSPB’s Cottascarth hide. Or come at any time of the year to see the brown ring-tails and the silvery males quartering our countryside.

Nothing sets the pulse racing quite so much as seeing a pod of orcas. With 2-3 pods visiting each season, Orkney is one of the places to see these ‘wolves of the sea’. Choose a day with a calm sea-state and settle on a coastal headland such as Hoxa Head (South Ronaldsay); Red Head (Eday); or Marwick Head or the Brough of Birsay (West Mainland).Fingers crossed!

Orkney is also renowned for its seabirds. Species such as auks, kittiwakes and gannets are easy to see. Everybody’s favourite is the puffin! The best spots to see these ‘clowns of the sea’ are Marwick Head and the Brough of Birsay (West Mainland), or the Castle of Burrian in Westray. Go to Noup Head in Westray for its gannetry. Other good seabird sites are Rackwick (Hoy) and Mull Head (East Mainland).

“For wildlife enthusiasts there’s no place in the British Isles quite like Orkney. The islands are alive with the sights, sounds and colours of nature all the seasons of the year. Everywhere you go in Orkney, you’ll have birds and animals for company on your journey.”

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This is a time of change. Thousands of migrating birds descend on Orkney, including geese and whooper swans and rare breeds such as storm petrels intent on finding shelter close to shore. At sea, whales, porpoises and on occasion, dolphins can be seen on their journey of migration, while on the shoreline grey seal pups make an appearance - never straying far from their mothers.

At night, look to the dark, star filled, northern skies for a mesmerising display of colour and light known as Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). The wetlands are alive with wildfowl, waders and other wintering birds. The temperate climate keeps the frost and snow at bay, so conditions are perfect, not only for winter birdlife but for the many visitors who enjoy exploring Orkney at this time of year.

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An Island People

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A fascinating insight to island customs and traditions Orkney’s unique culture and traditions are a proud expression of island life, passed down through generations of families and communities. They tell a fascinating story that can be traced back thousands of years and is celebrated today in festivals and events across the islands. It’s not just the water that separates Orkney from the Scottish mainland that makes it different - there are many other important factors. Take language. Wherever you go in Orkney and you’ll hear the distinctive local dialect (Orcadian to be precise). For almost 1,000 years, the language of the islands was Norn, a variant of Old Norse brought to Orkney by Norwegian settlers in the 8th century AD. While Norn is now extinct, traces can be heard clearly today in the Norse words, place names and sayings that are part of everyday life. Orkney is proud of its Viking heritage, legend has it that one of its most famous local traditions can be said to trace its origins to the period when Norse Earls ruled Orkney - The Ba’. Whatever its roots, this game has been played in the streets of Kirkwall on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for

hundreds of years by two local teams the Uppies and the Doonies. The names are derived from ‘up the gates’ and ‘doon the gates’, which can be traced to the Old Norse word ‘gata’ meaning a road or path. Perhaps the most remarkable example of the Norse influence in Orkney is the magnificent 12th century St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and there are many other sites and monuments to be visited across the islands. Of course, the Vikings are just one part of our 10,000 year story. Visit the Orkney Museum at Tankerness House in the capital to acquaint yourself with a fascinating, and sometimes turbulent history.

Orkney’s proud seafaring and maritime history and its association with the Hudson’s Bay Company, its agricultural heritage and the crucial role played by islands in both great conflicts of the 20th century. Let’s not forget key figures from the literary world including Edwin Muir and George Mackay Brown, and a flourishing arts and crafts industry. Finally, there’s Orkney’s spirit of adventure, epitomised by the great Arctic explorer Dr John Rae. By the way, did you know that Fraser Island, off Australia’s Queensland coast, is named after Stromness woman Eliza Fraser who was shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1863?

Orkney’s museums, galleries and many visitor attractions tap into the islands’ culture and traditions, providing a remarkable insight into the life and times of the islanders. Find out about

“If you’ve not heard of The Ba’ let alone seen it, you’re in for a treat! In Orkney, the year begins and ends with the spectacle of street football played out in the heart of Kirkwall. It’s rough, it’s tough and it’s one of Orkney’s best known local traditions.”


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Images from top to bottom: 1. Riding of the Marches, Kirkwall, is an annual event that takes place the day after the County Show, around mid August. 2. Festival of the Horse, local girls from South Ronaldsay put on a costume based on the elaborate harness decoration of Clydesdale horses. 3. Alongside the Festival of the Horse, the Boys’ Ploughing Match takes place in South Ronaldsay. 4. Searching for ‘groatie buckies’, which are small shells, believed to bring good luck, is great fun!


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Festival Islands

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Join the celebrations

Each year the culture and traditions of Orkney are celebrated in an exciting programme of festivals. Hosted in venues big and small across Orkney, there’s quite literally something for everyone so please accept our invitation to join the festival fun. You’ll soon get a taste for it! Okay, where do we start? Music, the arts, wine, gardening, science, agriculture, nature and more. When it comes to a festival, no one does it like Orkney! Throughout the seasons, Orkney plays host to old favourites that have graced the events calendar for many years and exciting new initiatives guaranteed to capture the imagination of audiences for years to come. 2017 is shaping up nicely with the launch of the new Orkney Garden Festival in June and Magnus 900, a year-long cultural programme commemorating the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, Orkney’s celebrated patron saint. The Orkney Nature Festival, now in its fourth year, is already a firm favourite with visitors.

A year in Orkney wouldn’t be the same without the famous St Magnus International Festival, which takes place in June. This is the undisputed star turn, attracting performers and audiences from around the world to join the people of Orkney in a fabulous celebration of music, drama, the arts and theatre. The spirit of friendship extended to performers, producers and participants from beyond Orkney’s shores is an essential part of the festival experience. The International Science Festival, held in September since 1991, regularly attracts keynote speakers from around the globe, while the islands’ much loved music festivals draw stellar names from the world of jazz, folk, rock and blues.

Image: Local group, Saltfishforty playing at the St Magnus Festival

The famous agricultural shows, including the Orkney County Show, are the highlight of the farming calendar and pull in huge attendances throughout August. If you plan to be in Orkney in the eighth month, then you’re in for a great day out! Outwith the summer months, there are lots of events and festivals taking place across the islands. Please check visitorkney.com for up-to-date information.


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Orkney County Show Orkney Blues Festival

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“We were strolling down the street and heard the sound of fiddles, so we abandoned our stroll, went in and enjoyed the best in real Orcadian music. Brilliant!”

Orkney Garden Festival

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Pier Arts Centre

The Pier Arts Centre The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness houses one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century British art anywhere in the UK. The original listed buildings and pier once housed the office and stores of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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A Different Light

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Heart-warming in all seasons

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and shake off those winter blues! As many visitors have discovered, Orkney is a great holiday destination all year round. It comes alive again when the days get shorter and skies grow darker, and promises plenty of surprises as you explore the islands.

Orkney’s climate makes it an ideal destination if you are looking to escape the daily grind and recharge the batteries in the long months of autumn and winter. Frost and snow are rare, so there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and experience Orkney as it embraces the seasons. Large areas of the islands remain unspoiled, nature has been left to its own devices, and this is the perfect environment for the true character of each season to shine. Autumn announces its arrival as the landscape adopts its seasonal colours. It’s a time of contrast. There are days when a jacket is not required and on others the storm lashed Atlantic coastline is an exhilarating reminder to wrap up well. Wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers are frequent visitors at this time of year as there’s always the promise of seeing rare species and winter visitors, migrating whales and

porpoises and, of course, the arrival of the grey seal pups. Orkney never sleeps. At this time of year, Orkney puts on a dramatic show of light and colour. Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed across the islands and in the dark skies over Orkney there’s always a chance to see the spellbinding Aurora Borealis - the fabulous Northern Lights. Visit Maeshowe at the winter solstice and we can promise you something very special indeed. This vast burial tomb is precisely aligned to the setting sun which sends shafts of light down a narrow entrance passage illuminating the central chamber. This phenomenon can be witnessed for just three weeks on either side of 21 December - the shortest day. Many visitors have discovered the delights of spending the festive period in Orkney. The locals celebrate Christmas and New Year in style and there’s a full

Image: The Aurora Borealis locally known as the ‘Merry Dancers’ over the Standing Stones of Stenness

programme of events and activities to enjoy. You’ll be made very welcome and wil be making new friends in no time. One of Orkney’s cultural highlights has become a fixture of Christmas and New Year’s Day - the Ba’. This game of street football is played out in the heart of Kirkwall by hundreds of men representing two fiercely competitive local teams, cheered on by family, friends and visitors. This is not for the faint-hearted! With music and dance, festivals and concerts, independent shops and galleries, great restaurants and delicious food - what’s not to enjoy in Orkney!


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Jude Callister Team Leader, Orkney Arts, Museums and Heritage Service

In your opinion why is Orkney so unique? The history and heritage of Orkney span thousands of years but its role in more recent history is often overlooked. Hoy has one of the best preserved military landscapes in the UK and the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery and Hackness Martello Tower are must see sites for anyone interested in military history.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Graham Garson A day at Yesnaby cliffs

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Images 1. The Ring of Brodgar dusted in snow. In the winter the standing stones are spectacular against the winter landscape. 2. Visit Maeshowe in the mid-winter to see the light illuminate the tomb’s interior.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Maciej Orlicki Hoy under the snow and frost on a crisp winter day

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Orkney’s Larder

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Savour the flavours

Orkney is rightly famous for the quality and variety of its food and drink. The land has been farmed and the waters fished for thousands of years and this heritage is responsible for the wonderful produce enjoyed in the islands today. It’s time to find out what a taste of Orkney really means!

One of the joys of travel and holidays is the chance to experience locally produced food and drink. Whether you are overseas or at home in the UK, a region’s sense of identity and individuality is expressed strongly by its cuisine. In street markets, restaurants and shops, there’s an unmistakeable sense of the pride and knowledge which tells you this is something that is taken seriously. And none more so than in Orkney. Here, all the ingredients are in place to make the experience nothing short of exceptional. The clean waters and fertile farmlands are the source of the finest natural ingredients, which have been

fished and farmed by generations of families and communities - and remain so today. The industry’s membership organisation Orkney Food & Drink represents the interests of local producers, helping to raise the profile of the Orkney brand on the islands and throughout the UK. The hotly contested biennial awards programme recognises excellence across the sector and competition for the top prizes is fierce.

chefs are knowledgeable and respectful of their produce, creating inventive and delicious menus that do justice to Orkney’s larder. On any day you’ll find premium beef, Orkney’s unique North Ronaldsay lamb, fresh fish just off the boat and seasonal shellfish - perhaps lobster, crab or hand-dived scallops. Even a quick cup of coffee becomes an occasion when it’s accompanied by irresistible home baking.

Visitors can experience Orkney’s great range of food and drink in its shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and farmers’ markets. Whether looking for simple street food or that special celebratory dinner, you’ll be well catered for. Our

Orkney Food and Drink It’s easy to buy and sample local produce, found in local shops and tasted in restaurants across Orkney. Also the local food and drink group have stalls at several events and festivals throughout the year. For more info visit: www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com


Image: Locally caught fresh lobster can be found in many of our award winning restaurants

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T H E O R KN E Y S I N G L E MALT W I T H VIKING SOUL

VISITOR CENTRE OPENING HOURS April & September: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Tours on the hour every hour until 4pm May to August: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Tours on the hour every hour until 4pm October to March: 1pm-5pm, Closed for the festive holidays

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Tours outwith these hours by arrangement. Size of tour is restricted to 15 and booking is advisable.

NB. Highland Park operate a silent season during June, July and August when essential maintenance of the plant needs to be carried out. We strive to keep disruption to tours to an absolute minimum.

Distillery and Visitor Centre, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1SU, Telephone 01856 874619 Please enjoy our whisky responsibly

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The Orkney Brewery AnD visiTOr cenTre Open late-March to mid-October for: • Guided brewery tours with tastings • Family trail for younger visitors • Brewery shop with products, local crafts and brewery merchandise • Tasting Hall café serving a varied menu of home cooked fayre, home bakes and hot and cold drinks to complement the fully licensed bar and our famous beers • Venue available for private functions Available for private tours by prior arrangement during closed months. Check our website for opening days and times or call 01856 841 777.

That’s what we call fresh! Julia’s Café & Bistro 20 Ferry Road, Stromness 01856 850904

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BARONY MILL, BIRSAY

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The only working water mill in Orkney grinding bere, Scotland’s ancient type of barley. Practically unchanged since it was built in 1873, experience the building shake and shudder with the power of the waterwheel, and learn about Orkney’s unique flour. Opening Times: May - Sep Mon - Sun: 11.00am - 5.00pm Entry and guided tours are free, but donations are welcome, thank you.

Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LY T:01856 721439 miller@birsay.org.uk www.birsay.org.uk

LYNNFIELD HOTEL & RESTAURANT

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Small country-house style hotel offering fine dining amongst antiques and whisky memorabilia. Begin in our panelled lounge, then savour specialties such as North Ronaldsay mutton, local shellfish and steaks. Finish with malts from our 350 expressions including 50 Highland Park. Holm Road, Kirkwall KW15 1SU Opening Times: Jan - Dec T: 01856 872505 Open: Mon - Sun F: 01856 870038 Lunches: 12noon to 1.45pm office@lynnfield.co.uk Dinner: 6.00pm to 8.30pm www.lynnfieldhotel.com

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SMITHFIELD CAFE

Situated in the village of Dounby, the cafe is part of our family run hotel. We specialise in providing top quality Orkney produce and offer an extensive menu of specialty coffees, light lunches, fabulous home bakes and a range of homemade gluten free cakes. Smithfield Hotel, Dounby Opening Times: KW17 2HT 5th Jan - 31st Dec T: 01856 771215 Closed Christmas & Boxing Day info@smithfieldhotel.co.uk Opening Hours: 11.00am - 3.00pm daily www.smithfieldhotel.co.uk

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DIL SE Recommended by ‘Which? Good Food Guide 2015’ EIGHT years running & 2015 Trip Advisor Excellent Food Certificate Flavours from India & Bangladesh.

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Fresh food, locally sourced Craigies craft butcher Jollys fishmonger Deli favourites Takeaway & ready meals Local specialities & gifts Whisky, fine wines & spirits

With an expert butcher and fishmonger on hand in-store, we can advise on the best cuts, cooking tips, fine wines and gift offers. If you want to savour some of Orkney’s finest produce during your stay, or take a gift home, The Brig Larder is a great place to shop.

Indian Restaurant, 7 Bridge Street, Kirkwall 01856 875242

OPEN all year round 7 days a week from 4.00pm to 11.00pm

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Open Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm & Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm 1 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HP Tel: 873146

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Orkney’s legends - journey back in time and discover ancient civilisations!

If you are planning your first trip to Orkney, our website provides a taste of what you can expect - you’re in for a real treat! Find out more about: • • • • • • • •

Getting here Accommodation Things to see and do About Orkney Food and drink Archaeology Up-to-date events News

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Arts and Crafts

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Inspiration everywhere you look It should come as no surprise that Orkney is home to a flourishing community of artists and craft makers. For those seeking creative inspiration, the islands provide the spark and the results - both traditional and contemporary - reflect their affinity with this very special place. In Orkney, inspiration comes in many different forms: ancient monuments and mystical standing stones, the Northern Lights and the changing skies, autumnal sunsets and the colours of the seasons, dramatic coastlines and crashing waves, rolling countryside and summer meadows, remote villages and narrow winding streets... Of course, this is precisely why Orkney is such a popular destination for visitors. It stirs the soul and stimulates the senses, and for artists and designers this personal connection with the islands is communicated through their work. For native Orcadians and those who have made Orkney their home, they express what the islands mean to them and the results speak for themselves.

In independent shops, galleries, studios and workshops you’ll see original art, photography, jewellery, textiles and knitwear, furniture and pottery - all handmade in Orkney. Orkney touches the creative community in different ways. Traditional island craft skills are still practiced and, not to be outdone, stylish contemporary design flourishes too. Similarly, work is characterised by one-off bespoke commissions and, at the other end of the spectrum, by popular commercial work and brands that are sold worldwide. Orkney has the largest number of craft jewellers in Scotland, with established names such as Ola Gorie, Ortak, Sheila Fleet, Aurora and Alison Moore flying the flag for the islands.

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Orkney’s arts and crafts scene is to look out for the distinctive brown street signs dotted around the islands and follow the Craft Trail. Not only will you meet some of Orkney’s talented artists and designers at work in their workshops and studios, but you’ll feel suitably inspired to buy that special gift to take home. Throughout the year there’s a busy programme of exhibitions, events and art courses, so we would recommend you visit orkneydesignercrafts.com for up-to-date information on what’s happening.

Orkney Craft Trail To help you in your hunt for Orkney’s treasures, the Orkney Craft Association has created a craft trail for you to follow. It takes to you to the fascinating studios and workshops of Orkney’s finest artists and craftspeople. Look out for the brown trail signs throughout Orkney. You can download the craft trail brochure at: www.orkneydesignercrafts.com

The traditional, handcrafted, wooden, straw backed Orkney Chair. This chair was made by Scapa Crafts.


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Inspired by Orkney’s ancient stone circle, The Ring of Brodgar brooch by Aurora.

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The story and remarkable history of the Ness of Brodgar has inspired our island jewellers. Above is the pendant by Ola Gorie, whose house is next door to the Ness of Brodgar. Below is a contemporary silver and enamel ring from local jewellery designer Sheila Fleet’s Lunar collection, inspired by ancient stone carvings found at the site.

Aegean Silver Pendant by Ortak. Crafted in Sterling Silver, complemented with hot glass enamel inspired by the beautiful changing colours of the Sea.

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Images from top to bottom: 1. Orkney handcrafted furniture by Fraser Anderson offers bespoke handcrafted pieces of artisan furniture. 2. Located in Kirkwall, Orkney Soap produce hand made soap products that reflect the unspoilt and serene beauty of Orkney. 3. The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery in South Ronaldsay showcases the work of renowned Orcadian tapestry artist Leila Thomson and her family. 4. Sterling silver Orion pendant from the Nebula collection featuring the birthstones amethyst, peridot and moonstone from Alison Moore.


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Licensed grocer and mini-mart. Malt whiskies, Highland Park, local beers, freshly made sandwiches, bakes and ready meals, from our own kitchen. Ice-cream, local bread, meat and vegetables, pay point, key cutting and lottery. The local store with a great deal more. 55 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DN

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 9.30pm Sat: 8.00am - 9.30pm Sun: 9.00am - 9.30pm

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CASTAWAY CRAFTS, MADE IN ORKNEY

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A wide range of quality Hand Made in Orkney products and Artwork compliment Fiona’s own range of beautiful Harris Tweed garments, gifts and accessories which she produces in the adjoining workshop. A must to add to your itinerary. Opening Times: Rose Cottage, Dounby, Jan - Dec Orkney KW17 2HT Mon-Fri: 10.00am - 6.00pm T: 01856 771376 M: 0797 966 0579 Sat: 10.00am - 1.00pm castaway_crafts@hotmail.com Jun - Sep www.castawaycrafts.co.uk Sat & Sun: 12noon - 4.00pm

Visit us, opposite the cathedral, for a blend of island craftsmanship and international style. Home of Ola Gorie jewellery, Tait & Style textiles, and a wide range of crafts, gifts, clothes, and whisky. 7-15 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DH T: 01856 888790 www.olagoriejewellery.com www.thelongship.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm Jul - Aug Sun: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Flett’s family run butcher shop prides itself in bringing prime Orkney beef, pork & lamb to your table. Also, speciality black and white puddings, haggis, flavoured and traditional sausages and burgers, marinades, stir fry, vegetarian and gluten free products. 63 John Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AD T/F: 01856 850309 enquiries@eflettbutcher.co.uk www.eflettbutcher.co.uk

Opening Times: Mon - Fri: 7.00am - 5.00pm Sat: 7.00am - 4.30pm

Orkney Hand Crafted Furniture by Fraser Anderson

FURNITURE ARTISAN – BESPOKE FURNITURE Traditional Orkney Chairs • Modern Orkney Chairs • Made-to-measure Orkney Chairs Orkney Chair Repair • Mirrors • Creepies Orkney Stools • Tables • Special Commissions.

Dellovo, New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1BL Tel: 01856 872492 • Fax: 01856 870523 • Mobile: 07742 428727 Email: fraser@orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk • www.orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk

Palace Stores, Birsay

Traditional village shop with freshly made sandwiches and cakes, Orkney produce, fuel, ice cream, groceries and ‘Hand Made in Birsay’ crafts.

The islands boast a thriving community of independent producers, businesses and retailers.

www.visitorkney.com Albert Street, Kirkwall


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VISIT OUR JEWELLERY WORKSHOP & SHOWROOM Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm

ALISON MOORE DESIGNS, BACK RD, DOUNBY TEL 01856 771511

Inspired by...

Orkney Designer jewellery and made-to-measure rings Our Runic necklet reads “Reflecting Times Past and Present”

Kirkwall Gallery 30 Bridge Street 01856 876 900 The Workshop Tankerness 01856 861 203

See website for seasonal opening times DESIGNED

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THE BISHOP’S PALACE AND EARL’S PALACE

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Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop’s Palace, built in the 1100s, and the Bishop’s Palace from the early 1600s. An Explorer Pass gives entry to all Historic Scotland sites.

Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in northwest Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering, more than 5,000 years old. Check the website for up-to-date visitor information.

Palace Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PD T: 01856 871918

Stenness, Orkney KW16 3HH T: 01856 841815

Things to See & Do

www.historicenvironment.scot/bishopsand-earls-palaces

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Conc £3.60

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BROCH OF GURNESS

www.historicenvironment.scot/maeshowe

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.00pm Oct - Mar: 10.00am - 4.00pm Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Conc £4.40

ORKNEY FOSSIL & HERITAGE CENTRE

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Explore this once mighty Iron Age settlement, with a small village arranged around a central broch tower. Defended by two ditches and a rampart, this was a place of power. An Explorer Pass gives entry to all Historic Scotland sites.

Find out how the Churchill Barriers were built, uncover local history through everyday objects, discover a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish and learn how the landscape formed. Well-stocked Gift Shop and Community Cafe serving good, home-made food.

Aikerness, Evie, Orkney KW17 2NH T: 01856 751414

Viewforth, Burray, Orkney KW17 2SY T: 01856 731255 www.orkneyfossilcentre.co.uk

www.historicenvironment.scot/brochof-gurness

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Conc £4.40

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BROUGH OF BIRSAY

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 10.00am - 5.00pm Admission: Adult - £4.50 Child - £3 (Under 5’s Free) Family - £13 (family of 4) Conc - £3

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ORKNEY WIRELESS MUSEUM

Tide permitting, you can cross the causeway to this historic island. It was a place of importance for the Picts and Norse settlers and includes a ruined Romanesque church. An Explorer Pass gives entry to all Historic Scotland sites.

A fascinating collection tracing the history of early domestic radio in Orkney and wartime memorabilia from Scapa Flow. An opportunity to experience a rare and unusual museum. For a virtual tour go to Google Maps and click on Orkney Wireless Museum.

Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T: 01856 841815

Kiln Corner, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LB T: 01856 871400 orkneywireless@outlook.com

www.historicenvironment.scot/broughof-birsay

Opening Times: Mid Jun - Sep 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Conc £3.60

HACKNESS MARTELLO TOWER AND BATTERY

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THE PIER ARTS CENTRE

We are Orkney’s Bird of Prey Centre. Providing up to three displays daily. You will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with our birds. A unique experience for all the family. Opening Times: Breckness Estate, Sandwick, Apr - Oct 11.00am - 3.30pm. Orkney KW16 3LR M: 0791 877 4208 / 0791 877 4209 Display times: 11.30am,1.00pm skaillhousefalconry@btinternet.com and 2.30pm. Adult - £5 www.skaillhousefalconry.co.uk Child - £4 (5-15 years) Conc - £4

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Conc £3.60

ITALIAN CHAPEL AND CHURCHILL BARRIERS

Orkney’s finest 17th Century mansion and home of the man who discovered Skara Brae. Covering thousands of years of Orkney history, a visit to Skaill House gives a valuable insight into Orkney’s diverse and exciting past. Breckness Estate, Sandwick, Opening Times: Orkney KW16 3LR Apr - Sep: Mon - Sun: 9.30am - 5.30pm T: 01856 841501 Oct: Mon - Sun: 10.00am - 4.00pm F: 01856 841668 Admission: Joint ticket with Skara Brae. info@skaillhouse.co.uk www.skaillhouse.co.uk

Opening Times: Apr - Sep Mon - Sat: 10.00am - 4.30pm Sun: 2.30pm - 4.30pm Admission: Adult £3, Child £1

These defensive installations are remnants of war built in 1813–14 to protect British convoys. Inside, learn about military life and the dances that locals held here. An Explorer Pass gives entry to all Historic Scotland sites. SE end of Hoy, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PQ T: 01856 701727

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SKARA BRAE PREHISTORIC VILLAGE The Pier Arts Centre houses a remarkable collection of 20th Century British and contemporary art including works by Barbara Hepworth, Sylvia Wishart and Callum Innes among others. The Gallery also presents a changing programme of local, national and international exhibitions. Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA T: 01856 850209 F: 01856 851462 info@pierartscentre.com www.pierartscentre.com

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Tues - Sat: 10.30am - 5.00pm (For additional seasonal opening, see website). Admission: Free

SCAPA SCUBA – ORKNEY’S PADI DIVE CENTRE

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Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe’s best-preserved prehistoric settlements. The village, first uncovered during a storm in 1850, has been a place of discovery ever since. An Explorer Pass gives entry to all Historic Scotland sites. From Apr – Oct a joint ticket is available to visit Skaill House. Opening Times: Skaill, Orkney Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm KW16 3LR Oct - Mar: 10.00am - 4.00pm T: 01856 841815 www.historicenvironment.scot/skara-brae Admission: Adult £6.10 - £7.10, Child £3.70 - £4.30, Conc £4.90 - £5.70

STROMNESS MUSEUM

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Built by Italian Prisoners of War during the construction of the Churchill Barriers in WWII. Nissen huts disguise a beautiful and remarkable interior. The Churchill Barriers are now part of the road network connecting South Ronaldsay and Burray to the Mainland. Lamb Holm, Orkney KW17 2SF Tel: 01856 781580 orkneyitalianchapel@gmail.com www.italianchapel.co.uk

Opening Times: Apr - Aug: 7 days a week Nov - Mar: Mon - Sat (closed on Sun) For times and prices please check the website.

The Earl’s Palace

TRY A DIVE! A great experience not to be missed – and only £85! This ‘one-on-one’ dive with an instructor is our most popular beginners course and is for everyone aged 10+. Guided wreck dives in Scapa Flow. Dry suit conversion courses. Lifeboat House, Stromness, From £85.00 Orkney KW16 3DA Opening Times: T/F: 01856 851218 Jan - Dec diving@scapascuba.co.uk Mon - Fri: 12noon - 7.00pm www.scapascuba.co.uk Sat - Sun: 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Exciting Orkney maritime and natural history collections from Victorian period to present. Scuttled German fleet; Hudson’s Bay Company and Arctic; Orcadian explorers John Rae and Balfour Baikie; antiquarian archaeological collection. Check notices and website for up-to-date events and activities. 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Opening Times: Orkney, KW16 3DH Apr - Oct: 10.00am - 5.00pm T: 01856 850025 custodian@stromnessmuseum.co.uk Nov - Mar: 11.00am - 3.30pm An admission charge applies. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk facebook.com/stromnessmuseum All tickets valid for 7 days.

The rocks at Dingieshowe, Deerness

Stunning views await! www.visitorkney.com


BANKS CHAMBERED OPEN DAILY: 11:00 - 16:00. 1 APR-30 SEP. No booking required. Admission charges apply.

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Banks, Cleat, South Ronaldsay, KW17 2RW www.bankschamberedtomb.co.uk Tel: 01856 831605

Explore the home of the man who unearthed Skara Brae. Discover tales of Smugglers, Bishops, Captain Cook and the bodies under the stairs. Experience a family home as it was in the 1950s. Enjoy the items collected by the twelve Lairds of Skaill and the spacious lawned gardens surrounding the house.

Joint ticket with Skara Brae Open daily. April to September 9.30 - 5.30 October 10.00 - 4.00 Gift shop • Self catering accommodation • Wedding facilities Skaill House, Breckness Estate, Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR Tel: 01856 841501 • info@skaillhouse.co.uk

www.skaillhouse.co.uk

‘...love this gallery and keep coming back’ visitor comment 2016

collection – exhibitions – events The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney www.pierartscentre.com ADMISSION FREE

Barbara Hepworth, Oval Sculpture, 1943 © Bowness

open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm (additional seasonal opening - see website)

Things to See & Do

Discovered in September 2010 this six CHAMBERED BURIAL TOMB, of which five chambers remain unexcavated, offers a unique opportunity to experience the reality of a Neolithic burial site. The tomb is situated within the ground of Skerries Bistro, So why not finish your tour with some local food?


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Visit two of Orkney’s most important wartime sites Access by guided tour. Call for latest tour times: Ness Battery 07759 857298 HMS Tern 07342 202530 nessbattery.co.uk hmstern.co.uk A Working Studio/Teaching Gallery/Shop Orkney inspired original artworks Book a 1/2 day watercolour whiteline print workshop

59 Victoria Street Stromness, KW16 3BS 0790 098 2612 jeanne@ArtWorksoftheEarth.com ArtWorksoftheEarth.com

01856 872457

Orkney Golf Club

www.orkneygolfclub.co.uk "Come and enjoy 18 holes at our challenging course with excellent greens and beautiful view over Kirkwall and North Isles"


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A civilisation stretching back 10,000 years has many stories to tell. A unique hands on link to the past

Visitor centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney’s pre-history since the last Ice Age Stunning coastal walk to Stone and Bronze Age sites Gift Shop with hot drinks, snacks & Picnic Area

www.visitorkney.com

Fun & informative Visitor Centre, for a relaxed visit, allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours We are open: March 10 am -12 noon, Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm Oct 9.30 am - 12.30 pm & Nov - Feb by arrangement • Admission charge Liddle, South Ronaldsay, KW17 2RW Tel: 01856 831339 www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk

Hoxa Tapestry Gallery - tapestry, rugs, drawing, painting Leila Thomson - tapestry Jo Thomson - painting

Leila and Jo, mother and daughter, are both Edinburgh College of Art graduates who have returned to their native Orkney to live and work. Both artists are inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney. The gallery houses a permanent collection of large hand-woven tapestries. In the studio there is a range of original artwork and rugs for sale as well as cards and prints, both framed and unframed.

www.hoxatapestrygallery.co.uk

Opening times: April to Sept. Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 6pm hoxa, st. margaret’s hope, orkney, tel: 01856831395


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The Green Islands

The Green Islands

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People and land in perfect harmony

It is no exaggeration to say that farming changed the face of the Orkney we know today. Once upon a time, it was covered by woodland and open forest, but that was before Neolithic farmers settled in the islands 6,000 years ago and their attention turned to living off the land. The fact that there a very few trees in Orkney can be attributed to those early farmers who cleared the lands to grow crops and graze their cattle. In doing so they set in motion a way of life that has become an essential part of island culture. In Orkney, agriculture is in the blood, a baton passed down through generations of farming families and today it is an industry that has become vital to the islands’ economy.

But it’s not just about quantity. Orkney premium beef is widely recognised for its outstanding quality, while North Ronaldsay’s famous seaweed eating sheep produce succulent lamb which features on the menus of top restaurants in the UK. In fact, such is Orkney’s reputation that its beef, lamb and cheddar cheese have achieved protected name status designations under European law.

The livestock raised and crops grown in Orkney are renowned for their quality. We have the highest density of beef cattle in Europe and a large area of farmland assigned to dairy herds.

If you visit Orkney in August, you’ll soon appreciate that farming is much more than a successful industry. This is the time of year when agricultural shows are staged across the islands as a warm-up

to the main event - the Orkney County Show which takes place in Kirkwall. Organised by Orkney Agricultural Society, the County Show draws crowds of over 10,000 and is the highlight of the farming calendar. It’s a nervous time for farmers as their livestock compete for Show Champion status, but for many others it is a fun day out! Locals and visitors can enjoy the best of the islands’ food, drink, arts and crafts at the many trade stands, while show jumping, dog trials and fairground attractions ensure there’s loads of entertainment on offer for all ages!

Neil Leask

In your opinion why is Orkney so unique? Evidence suggests that some of the earliest inhabitants of Orkney were farming thousands of years ago. Following the owner occupier revolution that accelerated in the 1920’s when farming tenants had the opportunity to buy their own farms, farmers were encouraged to increase the size of their farms. Today Orkney has a vibrant and hard working farming community. There are agricultural museums throughout Orkney such as Corrigall Farm Museum in Harray.

Show dates for 2017

Meet the: Local agricultural historian

4 August Sanday Agricultural Show 5 August East Mainland Agricultural Show 8 August Shapinsay Agricultural show 9 August South Ronaldsay & Burray Agricultural Show 10 August Dounby Agricultural Show 12 August Orkney County Show


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Our year round programme Orkney’s calendar of lively events – celebrating music, science, art, storytelling, nature and agriculture – make sure you check what’s on offer before you book your trip. To get up-to-date information on events across the islands, please visit: www.visitorkney.com/events JANUARY 2 January New Year’s Day Ba’

FEBRUARY 25 February – 31 October Sea Trout Season

MARCH 15 March – 6 October Brown Trout Season 20 March Spring Equinox

APRIL

25 – 28 May Orkney Folk Festival

13 August Orkney Vintage Rally

JUNE

13 August Riding the Marches

11 June Hoy Half Marathon 16 – 21 June St Magnus International Festival 17 – 25 June Orkney Garden Festival 21 June Summer Solstice

JULY

14 – 16 April Orkney Ceilidh Weekend

2 July St Magnus Marathon & 10k

16 April St Magnus Day

3 July – 25 August Ness of Brodgar Excavation

21 – 23 April Orkney Jazz Festival

16 – 22 July Stromness Shopping Week

MAY

31 July – 11 August The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival

6 May Orkney Rugby ‘Sevens’ 13 – 20 May Orkney Wine Festival 15 – 21 May (TBC) Orkney Nature Festival

AUGUST 4 August Start of Agricultural Shows (see opposite page for individual dates)

19 August Festival of the Horse & Boys Ploughing Match

SEPTEMBER 1 – 3 September Orkney Rock Festival 7 – 13 September Orkney International Science Festival 15 – 17 September Orkney Blues Festival 22 September Autumn Equinox

OCTOBER 26 – 29 October Orkney Storytelling Festival

NOVEMBER 4 November Kirkwall Bonfire & Firework Display

DECEMBER 21 December Winter Solstice 25 December Christmas Day Ba’

Festival of the Horse

Orkney rugby 7’s

Orkney Vintage Rally

Kirkwall City Pipe Band

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Getting to Orkney

Getting to Orkney

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Time to do some planning

Planning your journey to Orkney is all part of the adventure. How will you get here? Plane, ferry, car, bus or train - the choice is yours. Getting to Orkney is easy with excellent transport links to and from the islands. However you decide to travel, we can promise you a wonderful trip so grab a window seat and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way! Time will fly by and before you know it you’ll be in Orkney - relaxed and ready for all the islands have to offer.

Travel by plane

Watching the islands materialise beneath you as the plane starts its descent is a magical way to start your visit to Orkney. It only takes an hour to fly direct from Edinburgh, and there are also several daily flights from Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and London. For international travellers, there are excellent connections to many airports. Find out more at www.flybe.com and www.ba.com London – Kirkwall (with connections) 3-4 hours Glasgow or Edinburgh – Kirkwall 1 hour Aberdeen – Kirkwall 50 minutes Inverness – Kirkwall 45 minutes

Travel by boat As you sail towards Orkney and watch the islands rise from the sea, you will be seeing a landscape almost unchanged since the first sea-borne invaders arrived thousands of years ago. There are four ferry routes to choose from, and between 4 and 12 sailings a day depending on the season. Look out for local wildlife in the swirling currents and make sure you pack a pair of binoculars!

Taking the bus The Citylink network can take you to John o’Groats, Gills Bay or Scrabster for onward connecting ferry services. www.citylink.co.uk

Scrabster (near Thurso) – Stromness 90 minutes www.northlinkferries.co.uk

Taking the train You can reach Aberdeen and Thurso from most main Scottish railway stations, but if you want to start your holiday with an unforgettable journey, travel the spectacular Thurso route. www.scotrail.co.uk

Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick 6 hours to Kirkwall www.northlinkferries.co.uk Gills Bay (near John o’Groats) – St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay 60 minutes www.pentlandferries.co.uk John o’Groats – Burwick, South Ronaldsay 40 minutes Operates May – September Foot passengers only www.jogferry.co.uk

Image: Travelling towards Marwick, Birsay, in the West Mainland

Alternatively, if you want an express service, the Orkney Bus will take you from Inverness to Kirkwall, via John o’Groats Ferry (Ferry runs from May to September and the bus from June to August). www.jogferry.co.uk


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Exploring and island hopping are so easy. With good roads, lots of travel options and the close proximity of attractions, it’s easy to be spontaneous. Jump on a ferry or a plane and you can see a different island every day. Exploring by boat All the inhabited islands are well-serviced by Orkney Ferries. You can enjoy sailing between Hoy, Graemsay, Flotta, Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Sanday, Eday, Westray, Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay. Foot passengers can just jump aboard and buy tickets. Bikes go free on ferries, so simply turn up and pay as a foot passenger. Car travel should be booked in advance. www.orkneyferries.co.uk

Exploring by plane The quickest way to reach Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray and Papa Westray is by air. There are flights from Kirkwall Airport and on a clear day the views are simply marvellous. Take the world’s shortest scheduled flight between Westray and Papa Westray! www.loganair.co.uk Exploring by road Cars and bikes are available to rent locally. You can even reach four different islands without getting your feet wet if you take the road over the Churchill Barriers. Alternatively, you can join a coach tour or take a local bus.

A selection of air and sea connections Sea

Lerwick Sumburgh

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Summer service to Bergen

Connections to other UK and international airports

Kirkwall

Stromness

Bergen

St Margaret’s Hope Burwick Scrabster Gills Bay

Orkney

Oslo Stockholm

John o’ Groats

London

Berlin

Prague Paris

Inverness Aberdeen

Madrid Rome

Glasgow

Edinburgh

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MCKINLAY KIDD LTD

SCAPA TRAVEL

Winner of ‘Best Small Tour Operator’ 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 in the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards, McKinlay Kidd offer tailor-made selfdrive and fly-drive holidays to Orkney. All our holidays are personally researched and designed with you in mind. ATOL 9481.

Experienced local travel agent, specialising in travel to Orkney and Shetland. We tailor-make each itinerary to suit your individual requirements, using our local knowledge to create your perfect holiday. A managed agency of Barrhead Travel.

Suite 120, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, G2 6HJ T: 0141 3088009 hello@mckinlaykidd.com www.mckinlaykidd.com

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm Sat: 10.00am - 3.00pm

11 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HR T: 01856 889040 scapa@barrheadtravel.co.uk www.scapatravel.co.uk

WILDABOUT ORKNEY TOURS & HOLIDAYS

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Explore our enchanting islands with experienced guides. Visit the ancient standing stones and view our varied wildlife. We offer Orkney tours and cruise ship excursions for individuals or small groups. We specialise in holidays to Orkney and Shetland. Glenacres, Quoyloo, Sandwick, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3LT T: 01856 877737 info@wildaboutorkney.com www.wildaboutorkney.com

Opening Times: Office hours Mon - Thur 9.00am - 5.00pm Tours available all year round. Holidays available April to September.

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Dunbeath Heritage Centre CASTLE, GARDENS, SHOP & TEAROOM WITH ANIMAL CENTRE FOR CHILDREN Open daily Mid May 2017 to 30th September 2017. Closed 26th July through to 8th August 2017 inclusive*

Old School, Dunbeath, Caithness KW6 6ED 01593 731233 www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk A must-see venue, with a unique approach to landscape interpretation: art installations, photography, archaeology and a stunning floor map of Neil Gunn’s Highland River. Whether heading north or south, pull off the A9 and visit us.

* Please check as dates could vary.

Castle open 10.20am - last entry 4.00pm

Arriving at St Margret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay

Free parking – Limited disabled access

The Castle of Mey is situated on the north coast of Caithness just off the A836 between Thurso and John o’ Groats For further details please telephone:

01847 851473

www.castleofmey.org.uk enquiries@castleofmey.org.uk

A million miles from what you imagine

Lerwick

Stromness

Kirkwall

Scrabster

Aberdeen

…Orkney and Shetland are closer than you think. With stunning coastlines, unrivalled wildlife and ancient monuments, the islands are a perfect destination to explore.

Orkney and Shetland. Closer than you think. www.northlinkferries.co.uk

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Island hopping... With daily flights to and from the mainland, why not explore the Northern Islands?

Getting to Orkney

We also offer interisland flights, which include the world’s shortest scheduled passenger flight between Westray and Papa Westray.

SUMBURGH

KIRKWALL INVERNESS ABERDEEN EDINBURGH

GLASGOW

www.hial.co.uk

Information 01856 886 210

TEL FREEFONE

0800 688 8998 or BOOK ONLINE

www.pentlandferries.co.uk

T h e 2 1 st Ce nt u r y c ro ss i n g to O r kn ey!

Kirkwall

Gills Bay

St Margaret’s Hope John o Groats

top deck has safe, comfortable seating. Light snacks and drinks are available.

Using the very latest technology and meeting the highest safety standards demanded by today’s modern travellers, Pentland Ferries now has Scotland’s finest catamaran car and passenger ferry crossing the old Viking Highway – the Pentland Firth, a journey time of an hour, and with three return sailings each day.

Passengers should be at the terminal thirty minutes before sailing time and are advised to book, either via the web or by telephone, to avoid disappointment.

A comfortable lounge offers excellent views on passage, and for those who prefer fresh air, the

We accept cash on board or credit, debit card at our onshore offices.

PENTLAND FERRIES Pier Road, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney KW17 2SW St Margaret’s Hope: 01856 831226 Gills Bay: 01955 611773 Fax: 01856 831697


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SEE ORKNEY

WILDABOUT ORKNEY TOURS & HOLIDAYS

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Craigie’s Taxis is Orkney’s largest and longest serving taxi establishment. We specialise in: AIRPORT/FERRY TRANSFERS - ISLAND TOURS - WHEELCHAIR SERVICE DELIVERIES - 8 SEATERS - ESTATE CARS - HATCHBACKS 58 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AG T: 01856 878787 craigiestaxis@hotmail.com www.craigiestaxis.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Thur: 6.00am - 1.00am Fri, Sat & Sun: 24hrs Other times by appointment

Touring

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ISLAND OF HOY BUS SERVICE

We are a small family tour company, with qualified Guides. We offer personal and bespoke tours, specilising in our ancient “World Heritage Sites”, agricultural visits, arts and crafts and scenic tours. Including stories of life in Orkney past and present. T: 01856 870635 M: 0752 348 2274 info@see-orkney.co.uk www.see-orkney.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec

Glenacres, Quoyloo, Sandwick, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3LT T: 01856 877737 info@wildaboutorkney.com www.wildaboutorkney.com

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WESTRAAK GUIDED TOURS The Community Bus service is used on a ‘Hail and Ride’ basis by residents and visitors to the Island of Hoy. Buses travel daily (except Saturday) between Longhope and the ferry terminal at Lyness and to Moaness Pier (Sunday only). Island of Hoy Development Trust, Opening Times: Revenge Naval Hall, Longhope, Jan - Dec Orkney, KW16 3PG Adult - £3.50 Return £2 Single T:01856 701356 M:0783 377 7760 Child - £1.75 Return £1 Single bus.iohdt@gmail.com Conc - Entitlement Card Accepted www.hoyorkney.com Moaness: £8 Return £5 Single

Explore our enchanting islands with experienced guides. Visit the ancient standing stones and view our varied wildlife. We offer Orkney tours and cruise ship excursions for individuals or small groups. We specialise in holidays to Orkney and Shetland. Opening Times: Office hours Mon - Thur 9.00am - 5.00pm Tours available all year round. Holidays available April to September.

WILD ISLANDS, PRIVATE BOAT TRIPS

Guided Tours of Westray - ‘Queen of the Isles’. Historic, scenic and cultural, bird and wildlife watching, with experienced guide. Transport, lunch and refreshments included. Contact Graham at: Westraak, Pierowall, Westray, Orkney KW17 2DJ T: 01857 677777 M: 0776 607 3088 info@westraak.co.uk www.westraak.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec

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ROUSAY TOURS Fully escorted tours of Rousay, stopping at archaeological and scenic/wildlife sites. Booked tours met on arrival off the 10.40am ferry from Tingwall. Picnic hamper lunches also available.

Wildlife watching boat trips. Bird cliffs, seal colonies, puffin islands, caves, dolphins, whales. Fishing/photography. Secret places. Experienced skipper/naturalist. MCA approved boat. Max 5 passengers.

Sinyan, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T: 01856 821234 M: 0778 616 9364 patrick_maguire@hotmail.co.uk www.rousaytours.co.uk

Bay of Work, St Ola, Orkney KW15 1UF T: 01856 871040 M: 0788 985 4385 alphamax3@aol.com

Opening Times: Tours available throughout the year. Contact any time. The island of Hoy

Operating Times: All year round Daylight hours including summer evenings. £50.00 per hour for hire of boat and skipper.

Relaxed tailor-made wildlife and culture holidays for small groups of 4 to 8 people

Making the most of your visit to Orkney with the services of a STGA qualified Orkney Guide.

www.otga.co.uk

Orkney Tailor Made Tours Tours that match your interests

Day or half day personal tours Our vehicle or yours Groups, families, individuals.

www.orkney-tailor-made-tours.co.uk enquiries@orkney-tailor-made-tours.co.uk 01856 466008 mobile: 07753 640046

A trip to Orkney is not complete without visiting its islands

Kirkwall harbour

www.visitorkney.com

ORCADIAN Contact Steve Sankey Gerraquoy, Grimness South Ronaldsay Orkney KW17 2TH

wildlife

Tel: 01856 831240 Request a brochure or visit our website: www.orcadianwildlife.co.uk

EXPERIENCE ORKNEY TOURS Take a tour with us and share a memorable Orkney experience! Finya, Harray, KW17 2JT Tel: 01856 761304 or 07798886078 www.experienceorkneytours.com

OTGA Member: Orkney Tourist Guides Association


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Discover the Orkney Islands

Touring

The Inter-Island service is a great way to explore each of these distinctive Islands.

take a ferry and explore … Thirteen beautiful island destinations in Orkney served by 9 Inter-Island ferries Kirkwall to 6 different Islands, including Westray to Papa Westray - the shortest schedule flight in the world. For more information on various connections available including times and prices:

01856 872 494 orkneyres@loganair.co.uk or visit: www.loganair.co.uk call:

’ Operated by the independent carrier Loganair - Scotland’s Airline

email:

‘Steeped in history, surrounded by beauty.’ Ferry Services Shore Street Kirkwall Orkney Tel: 01856 872044 Web: www.orkneyferries.co.uk


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A landscape etched by our ancestors!

Staying in Orkney

Ring of Brodgar at dusk

Luxury in the centre of Kirkwall Contemporary Orkney style Relaxing atmosphere Cosy Bothy Bar Orkney ales, whiskies and gins Variety of dining options

tel 01856 876000 fax 01856 875397 email enquiries@alber thotel.co.uk web www.alber thotel.co.uk The Alber t Hotel, Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1JZ

The Midhowe Broch, Rousay

Rousay is the ‘Egypt of the North!’

www.visitorkney.com


Outstanding

Sebay Mill

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ORKNEY

Self-catering Accommodation

One to two bedroom apartments just six miles from Kirkwall Contact Mr & Mrs McEwen

01856 877782 www.sebaymill.co.uk

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Set in open countryside, just a few miles from Kirkwall, our restaurant and lounge, offers stunning panoramic views across historic Scapa Flow. Where better to relax, unwind and savour the taste of Orkney.

Visit www.thefoveran.com St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1SF Tel: (01856) 872389

Step inside an ancient civilisation!

Mill of Eyrland, Stenness www.millofeyrland.com 01856 850136 info@millofeyrland.com

The Dwarfie Stane in Hoy

www.visitorkney.com

Beautifully converted water mill with maintained workings, creating unique accommodation. Close to main archaeological sites. Central location serves as a perfect base to tour Orkney!

Staying in Orkney

Beautifully furnished to an exceptional standard


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Staying in Orkney

Relax and unwind... At the very heart of Neolithic Orkney

With its many beaches, Orkney’s a great place to take your dog

Bay of Skaill, West Mainland

 Breathtaking location  A la carte dining

Standing Stones Hotel Stenness, Orkney, KW16 3JX

 Lounge Bar

T 01856 850449 F 01856 851262

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www.standingstoneshotel.co.uk

53-57 VICTORIA STREET, STROMNESS, ORKNEY, KW16 3BS TEL: (01856) 850342 E-MAIL: enquiries@royalhotel.biz WEB: www.royalhotel.biz

welcoming guests to the historic heart of Kirkwall

17th Century hotel where fresh, local cuisine meets friendly Orcadian hospitality Dating back to 1670, the hotel offers every modern convenience, whilst retaining its original

Savour a delicious evening meal in our

charm. Our 30 elegant en-suite rooms are traditionally decorated and equipped with Freeview TV and WiFi. Ideally situated in the town centre, we are minutes away from the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces and local shopping.

Garden View Restaurant where we

Our newly renovated bar launched in June 2016, features nearly 500 whiskies, and a wide selection of gin, wine and local draft ales.

specialise in local produce including daily harvested seafood, Aberdeen Angus beef and Orkney lamb. Let us tempt you with our extensive wine and whisky menu and local draft beers.

Open to non-residents

Two-time award winner

40 Victoria Street, Kirkwall t: 01856 873477 f: 01856 872767 www.orkneyhotel.co.uk


You’ll be surprised where our search for quality takes us.

Quite simply, it takes us the length and breadth of Scotland to visit thousands of different properties every THE SIGN year and grade them on the OF QUALITY things we know matter to you. Things like the overall quality on offer and warmth of welcome to help you make a more informed choice. VisitScotland Quality Assurance. Quality you can trust.

Skaill House - 4 star Visitor Attraction

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Serviced accommodation establishments awarded gold stars have consistently achieved the highest levels of excellence within their star grading.

We want you to feel welcome – We have developed a range of Welcome Schemes which highlight the extra provision of service and hospitality required for some particular markets. Because we care – www.green-business.co.uk Businesses that work in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way are graded: Bronze ∫, Silver ß or Gold © Taste Our Best – food and drink award One way to ensure that you’ll enjoy Scottish food and drink of exceptional quality is to look for places that are part of Taste Our Best, our food and drink quality scheme.

For more information on Quality Assurance please contact us on Tel: 01463 244111, Email customerservices@visitscotland.com or visit www.visitscotland.com/qa. For any feedback or comments you may have on star awarded properties please email us on qa@visitscotland.com

Ask us where to find

Orkney’s

bEST KEPT SECRETS.

If you’re looking for the true spirit of Orkney, start your search at one of our VisitScotland iCentres. We’ll point you in the direction of the best this area has to offer, whether you need advice on where to go and what to do, or even if you’re looking to book accommodation and tickets for all kinds of events, activities and transport. Come and talk to our knowledgeable and friendly staff. You never know, we might just let you in on a few local secrets. Check out our opening times at visitscotland.com/iCentre

The Travel Centre West Castle Street Kirkwall, KW15 1GU 01856 872856 The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

Ferry Terminal Building Pier Head Stromness, KW16 3BH 01856 850716


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Listings

How to read the accommodation lists

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The Listings

WorldHost Status

Description

Indicates if the accommodation member has WorldHost status.

Location

Contact details Facilities and symbols (see below)

Standing Stones Hotel Offering 17 bedrooms with stunning views and the utmost in comfort, The Standing Stones Hotel offers the ideal starting point for exploring Orkney.

Specific needs & green awards

Sgl (4) £60-£65 prpn Dbl (5) £55-£90 pppn Tw (5) £55-£90 pppn Fam (3) £140-£160 prpn Ensuite (17)

Stenness, Orkney KW16 3JX T: 01856 850449 F: 01856 851262 info@standingstoneshotel.co.uk www.standingstoneshotel.co.uk

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This area highlights members that help visitors with specific needs. It also highlights if the accommodation has a Green Award. See page 50 for details. Open: Jan – Dec

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Capacity and costs Sgl – Single Dbl – Double Tw – Twin Fam – Family DB&B – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Find the actual location of the property by checking the grid reference on the map, located on inside back cover of this guide.

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STENNESS

Name of Business

Map reference

Listings displaying a Quality Assurance Award have been assessed for quality and standards by VisitScotland. Those without a star rating do not currently participate in the National Quality Assurance Scheme. For further information on the scheme, please turn to page 50.

pppn – per person, per night prpn – per room, per night pw – per week prv fac – private facilities

The following accommodation sections have been split into: • Hotels and inns • Guest Houses and B&B’s • Self Catering • Camping and Caravan Parks • Hostels Properties are then listed in alphabetical order by location and then by name.

The map reference helps you to conveniently locate the property, see inside back cover. Cancelling a booking Once you have accepted accommodation by telephone or in writing, you have entered into a legally binding contract with the proprietor of the establishment. If you cancel or fail to take up the accommodation, for

Facilities and symbols

whatever reason, the proprietor generally has the right to ask for compensation. You should always check the cancellation terms in advance and, if you must cancel a booking, advise the management immediately. Insurance and cancellation Should you have to cancel for any reason, it is reassuring to know that you are insured against any compensation claims. Please ensure you take out cancellation insurance prior to your trip. Pricing The price of accommodation, services and facilities stated in this guide are based on information received from the relevant advertisers. Please note that the prices are

. Ground floor bedrooms available 1 Ensuite bath and/or L Bed linen provided on shower for all bedrooms request – free or for hire 2 Ensuite bath and/ T Towels provided on or shower for some request – free or for hire bedrooms g Laundry facilities on site 3 Private bath and/or shower w Washing machine for all bedrooms t Tumble dryer 4 Private bath and/or shower Å Drying facilities for some bedrooms { Full alcohol drinks licence/ W Washbasins in bedrooms/ Licenced bar rooms a Lounge H Hairdryer in bedrooms b TV Lounge x Telephone in bedrooms/ Y Open hearth fire self catering unit ! Satellite/Cable TV y Payphone available � Broadband m Television available ∑ WiFi n No Television

û iPod docking station ñ DVD player available ö CD player available p Private parking q Limited parking ú Disabled parking on site G Garden j Leisure facilities Z Regular live entertainment : Games room A Childrens’ play area ü Short Breaks Available # Credit/debit cards accepted J Property on working farm/croft , Pets accepted by arrangement É Building of historic/literary/ architectural interest

per person/room per night, including VAT where applicable and are for your guidance only (VAT as at Nov 2016). Please check prices when you book accommodation and confirm exactly what the quoted price includes. Smoking The majority of Scotland’s indoor public places, including pubs, restaurants and cafés are smoke-free by law, creating a healthier and fresher environment for residents and visitors. Hotels, B&Bs and Guest Houses are also smoke-free, but can designate bedrooms where guests can smoke, if they wish. To check the availability of such bedrooms, please check with the establishment when you book. For further information, visit www.clearingtheairscotland.com

M Additional charge for power/fuel/heating I Not all properties/caravans have all facilities k Tea/Coffee making facilities in bedrooms R Restaurant X Evening meal available r Room service } Restricted alcohol drinks licence l Laundry service P Porterage ^ Four-poster beds Ä Packed lunches by arrangement V Vegetarian diets provided S Special diets provided

u Passenger lift 0 Ensuite bath and/or shower room(s) in self catering unit ) Non-smoking establishment [ Microwave d Dishwasher f Freezer h Domestic help v Hearing Loop E Assistance Dogs welcome s Showers available Q Gas cylinders for exchange/refill K Shop within 2 miles/ mobile food shop calls


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Barony Hotel Small family run hotel with panoramic views. Serving local produce in our restaurant. Central to bird reserves and archaeological sites. Birsay, Orkney Sgl (4) From £40 pppn T: 01856 721327 Dbl (2) From £40 pppn info@baronyhotel.com Tw (1) From £40 pppn www.baronyhotel.com Fam (1) From £40 pppn Ensuite (8)

40 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DN T: 01856 873477 F: 01856 872767 info@orkneyhotel.co.uk www.orkneyhotel.co.uk

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St Ola Hotel Situated on the picturesque waterfront in the heart of Kirkwall. Offering great local food, drinks and service.

Sgl (1) £45-£55 prpn Dbl (2) £90-£110 prpn Tw (2) £90-£110 prpn Fam (1) £90-£110 prpn Ensuite/priv facs (6)

St Ola Hotel, Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LE T/F: 01856 875090 enquiries@stolahotel.co.uk www.stolahotel.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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The Old Man of Hoy

Merkister Hotel (See main advert on page 49) Family Run, Central Location, Panoramic Views, Residents Lounge, Conservatory, Restaurant, Public Lounge Bar, Gardens. Out of Season Offers: October - March. Loch Harray, Orkney, KW17 2LF Sgl (3) £60-£95 pppn T: 01856 771366 Dbl (4) £55-£115 pppn F: 01856 771515 Tw (5) £55-£115 pppn merkisterhotel@googlemail.com Fam (3) £55-£115 pppn www.merkister.com Ensuite (15) Open: Jan – Dec

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ISLE OF HOY Stromabank Hotel Small family run hotel with panoramic views over isles and Pentland Firth. Disabled guests catered for. Stromabank Hotel, Longhope, Hoy T: 01856 701494 stromabankhotelhoy@gmail.com www.stromabank.co.uk

Sgl £55-£65 pppn Dbl £40-£45 pppn Tw £40-£45 pppn Ensuite (4) Open: Jan – Dec

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Albert Hotel Luxury accommodation in central Kirkwall. Ideal access for North Isles ferry, bus station and attractions. Orcadian hospitality ensured. Free WiFi. Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JZ T: 01856 876000 F: 01856 875397 enquiries@alberthotel.co.uk www.alberthotel.co.uk

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Main Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BU T: 01856 872368 F: 01856 876181 info@westendkirkwall.co.uk www.westendkirkwall.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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ST MARGARET’S HOPE Bellevue Inn Family run waterfront hotel in picturesque St Margaret’s Hope. Close to ferry link and excellent bus service. Also affordable self-catering flats and cottages available.

Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LE T: 01856 872232 F: 01856 872812 enquiries@kirkwallhotel.com www.kirkwallhotel.com

Bellevue Inn, Front Road, St Margarets Hope, KW17 2SL T: 01856 831383 info@thebellevueinn.com www.thebellevueinn.com

Sgl (2) £70-£100 prpn Dbl (14) £80-£135 prpn Tw (18) £80-£135 prpn Fam (3) £125-£185 prpn Ensuite (37)

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ISLE OF SANDAY The Belsair Hotel Family run hotel, located by the Kettletoft pier. Ideal for exploring everything Sanday has to offer. Bar & Restaurant open to non-residents.

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Lynnfield Hotel Small country house style hotel with open fires, antiques and jacuzzis. Seafood and North Ronaldsay mutton. Great wines, 350 malts. Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU T: 01856 872505 F: 01856 870038 office@lynnfield.co.uk www.lynnfieldhotel.com

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Dbl (2) £35-£50 pppn Dbl/Tw (1) £35-£50 pppn Tw (1) £35-£50 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (4)

The Kirkwall Hotel Family run hotel situated on picturesque waterfront, with popular restaurant and award winning Skippers Bar. Warm welcome and friendly service.

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The Taversoe Family-run Bar, Inn & Restaurant. Offering accommodation, good home cooked food, and drinks service with amazing panoramic sea views.

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The Foveran Set in open countryside, stunning views across Scapa Flow. Foveran is a place to rest and savour the taste of Orkney. St Ola, by Kirkwall KW15 1SF Sgl (3) £78-£80 prpn T: 01856 872389 Dbl (3) £116-£120 prpn F: 01856 876430 Tw (2) £116-£120 prpn info@thefoveran.com DB&B £103-£170 prpn www.thefoveran.com Ensuite (8)

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA West End Hotel Small hotel, in quiet location near centre. Friendly service with a relaxed atmosphere. Local produce used. Private car park.

Sgl (5) £88-£120 prpn Dbl (6) £120-£170 prpn Tw (5) £126-£147 prpn Fam (2) £147-£180 prpn Ensuite (18)

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Smithfield Hotel In the heart of the West Mainland. Central for fishing, birdwatching, walking and archaeological sites. Enjoy our excellent local produce.

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STENNESS Standing Stones Hotel Offering 17 bedrooms with stunning views and the utmost in comfort, The Standing Stones Hotel offers the ideal starting point for exploring Orkney.

13 Palace Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PA T: 01856 872249

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Ardconnel Bed & Breakfast Family run B&B in peaceful surroundings. Modern, spacious rooms with views over Kirkwall Bay, West Mainland. Sgl £50 pppn Craigiefield Road, Kirkwall, Dbl (2) £80 prpn Orkney KW15 1UJ Tw (1) £80 prpn T: 01856 876786 M: 0772 556 5943 Ensuite (3) ardconnel@hotmail.co.uk www.bed-and-breakfast-kirkwall.co.uk

The Ferry Inn Stromness Centrally located with comfortable rooms in the main hotel and two separate hotel annexes. Great food, stylish drinks and friendly local staff. The Ferry Inn, 10 John Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AD T: 01856 850280 M: 0780 154 1793 F: 01856 851332 info@ferryinn.com www.ferryinn.com

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13 Palace Road Spacious and comfortable 19th-century house beside St Magnus Cathedral, run by local family. Beautifully appointed and all amenities close by.

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Stenness, Orkney KW16 3JX T: 01856 850449 F: 01856 851262 info@standingstoneshotel.co.uk www.standingstoneshotel.co.uk

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The Stromness Hotel Situated on the pier overlooking Scapa Flow. Four bars, a la carte restaurant. Lift to all floors. Car park. WiFi. Sgl (5) £45-£68 prpn Dbl (14) £108-£115 prpn Tw (16) £108-£115 prpn Fam (3) £113-£144 prpn Ensuite (38)

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Pierowall Hotel A warm Westray welcome with good food and comfortable surroundings to be found inside and out. Pierowall Hotel, Westray, Orkney KW17 2BZ T: 01857 677472 F: 01857 677707 enquiries@pierowallhotel.co.uk www.pierowallhotel.co.uk

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Avalon House, Carness Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UE T: 01856 876665 enquiries@avalon-house.co.uk www.avalon-house.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Kenila B&B A warm Orcadian welcome awaits you at Kenila. Ideal base for fishing, bird watching and many historic sites. Extensive breakfast menu. Kenila, Harray, Orkney KW17 2LE T: 01856 771431 M: 0776 560 7737 sheila@kenila.com www.kenila.com

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Bellavista Guest House Quiet location, free WiFi, guest computer, private parking, downstairs dining room and bedrooms available. Guest lounge with fridge and microwave.

HammerSmith B&B Situated near the lochs of Harray and Stenness. We are close to the World Heritage Neolithic sites. HammerSmith, Harray Sgl £65-£70 prpn Orkney KW17 2JR Dbl (1) £75-£80 prpn T: 01856 771838 M: 0781 455 2430 Tw (2) £75-£80 prpn hammerbb@btinternet.com Ensuite (3) www.hammersmithbb.co.uk

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA Avalon House Purpose built guest house. Home cooking. Home comforts. Warm welcome 20 mins walk to Kirkwall. Free WiFi. All rooms en-suite.

Bedrock Bed & Breakfast Cozy house in the country where you are assured a warm, friendly welcome and a good night’s sleep. Bedrock, Newark Road, Harray, Sgl (1) £50-55 prpn Orkney KW17 2JT Dbl (1) £65-70 prpn T: 01856 761007 M: 0773 439 1409 Tw (1) £65-£70 prpn bedrockbandb@tesco.net Fam (1) £80-£95 prpn www.bedrockbandb.co.uk

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Sgl (3) £37.50-£57.50 prpn Dbl (3) £27.50-£37.50 pppn Tw (2) £27.50-£37.50 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (8) Open: Jan – Dec

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Castaway Guest House Castaway guest house is a local family run business based in Kirkwall, 10 min walk in to town.

Sgl (1) £30-£37 pppn Dbl (1) £30-£37 pppn Tw (1) £30-£37 pppn Fam (1) £30-£37 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (3)

Castaway Guest House, Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall,Orkney KW15 1UH T: 01856 874856 M: 0784 580 1418 stacey@castawayguesthouse.co.uk www.castawayguesthouse.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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£55-£65 prpn £65-£75 prpn £65-£75 prpn £85-£95 prpn Open: Jan - Dec

For more information on Orkney

The Ring of Brodgar

www.visitorkney.com


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Karrawa Guest House A true Orcadian welcome awaits you at Karrawa Guest House. A family run establishment offering comfortable and homely en-suite accommodation. Cycle hire available from the Guest House. Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Orkney Sgl £40-£65 pppn T: 01856 871100 M: 0792 180 2652 Dbl (5) £62-£76 pppn stay@karrawaguesthouseorkney.co.uk Tw (3) £60-£72 pppn www.karrawaguesthouseorkney.co.uk Fam (1) £60-£140 pppn

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Open: Jan – Dec

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Polrudden Guest House All en-suite rooms with WiFi. Large private car park. Short scenic walk to restaurants, sports facilities and town centre. Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UH T: 01856 874761 linda@polrudden.com www.polrudden.com

Westrow Lodge B&B Norwegian style timber house between Kirkwall and Stromness with two spacious King-bedded en-suite rooms with glorious views of Scapa Flow.

Sgl £55-£65 prpn Dbl (1) £65-£75 prpn Tw (4) £65-£75 prpn Fam (2) £85-£95 prpn Ensuite/priv facs (7)

Westrow Lodge, Orphir Orkney KW17 2RD T: 01856 811360 k2bichan@aol.com www.rovingeye.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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ORPHIR Crystal Brook B&B Situated midway between Kirkwall and Stromness. Family room available and separate guest lounge with stunning views of Scapa Flow. Crystal Brook, Orphir Orkney KW17 2RB T: 01856 811469 sarah@crystalbrookorkney.com www.crystalbrookorkney.com

Open: Mar – Sept

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Button-Ben Guest House Enjoy dazzling views over the Bay of Ireland. Relaxing rooms with king-size beds and homebakes. Hearty breakfast using local produce. Parking.

Dbl (2) £66-£70 prpn Fam £80-£90 prpn Dogs £10 prpn Ensuite (2)

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Sgl (1) £40 pppn Dbl (2) £35 pppn Tw (1) £35 pppn Ensuite (4) Priv facs (1) Shared facs (1)

Ayre of Cara Bed & Breakfast A family run bed & breakfast on South Ronaldsay with high quality accommodation and stunning sea views across Scapa Flow. Grimness, St Margaret’s Hope, South Sgl £50 prpn Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TH Dbl (3) £80 prpn T: 01856 831861 Ensuite (2) ayre.cara@gmail.com Priv Facs (1) www.ayreofcara.co.uk

Sgl (1) £39-£52 pppn Dbl (4) £39-£52 pppn Tw (4) £39-£52 pppn DB&B £55-£72 pppn Ensuite (7)

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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Solar and wind powered island accommodation with birdwatching and natural history activities. Additional dormitory rooms available. Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633200 alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk www.nrbo.co.uk

Open: Jan – Dec

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Church Road, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney KW17 2SR T: 01856 831637 stmargaretscottage@hotmail.co.uk www.stmargaretscottage.com Open: Jan – Dec

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St Margarets Cottage B&B A traditional sand built cottage close to Pentland Ferries, shops, pubs and bus routes. Free WiFi. Early breakfast available.

Sgl £30-£35 pppn Dbl (2) £30-£35 pppn Tw (1) £30-£35 pppn Ensuite (3)

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Scapa House Orcadian family home, situated in a rural location near Scapa Distillery. Two miles from Kirkwall and St Magnus Cathedral. Open all year. Scapa House, Orphir Road, St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SE T/F: 01856 874639 M: 0778 640 9753 bs.wylie39@btinternet.com

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Glenhaven Bed & Breakfast This comfortable B&B is situated in the very pretty village of St Margaret’s Hope. Close to the Gills Bay ferry terminal and on main bus route. Glenhaven, St Margarets Hope, Dbl (1) £40 pppn Orkney, KW17 2TL Fam (2) £80-£100 prpn T: 01856 831651 M: 0773 336 2260 Ensuite (2) glenhavenorkney@yahoo.co.uk Priv facs (1)

Sgl (1) £45-£55 pppn Dbl (3) £35-£40 pppn Tw (3) £35-£40 pppn Fam (2) Price on request Ensuite (8)

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The Royal Oak Guest House Family run guest house. All rooms are en-suite. Kitchen/lounge for guest use. Views across Scapa Flow. 10 mins walk to town centre. Late arrivals okay. Liz Bruce, The Royal Oak Guest House, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PY T: 01856 877177 info@stayinkirkwall.co.uk www.stayinkirkwall.co.uk

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Button Road, Stenness, Orkney, KW16 3HA T: 01856 850794 M: 0795 748 9782 button-ben@outlook.com

Dbl (4) £55-£90 prpn Tw (2) £55-£90 prpn Ensuite (6)

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Open: Jan – Dec

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For more information on Orkney

The Old Man of Hoy, view from the Stromness ferry

www.visitorkney.com

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ORPHIR Scorralee B&B Enjoy a warm Orcadian welcome at Scorralee, situated in an elevated position overlooking Scapa Flow. Ideal base for great holiday experience. Scorralee, Scorradale Road, Sgl £40 pppn Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF Dbl (2) £30 pppn T/F: 01856 811268 Tw (1) £30 pppn margaretclouston@btinternet.com Ensuite (3) www.scorralee.co.uk

Highland Park House Bed and Breakfast in a stunning mansion. Enjoy period furnishings, personal service and individually cooked breakfasts. Centrally placed to explore Orkney. Rosebank, Kirkwall, Sgl (1) £60-£60 prpn Orkney KW15 1SU Dbl (5) £80-£120 prpn T: 01856 876077 Ensuite (3) info@artistsholidaysorkney.co.uk Priv Facs (1) www.artistsholidaysorkney.co.uk Shared Facs (2)


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Mill of Eyrland Beautifully converted water mill with maintained workings creating unique accommodation. Lovely garden and mill burn surroundings. Three miles from Stromness and close to archaeological sites. Central location Orkney mainland. Mill of Eyrland, Stenness, Sgl (1) £35-£45 pppn Orkney KW16 3HA Dbl (3) £35-£45 pppn T: 01856 850136 Tw (1) £35-£45 pppn info@millofeyrland.com Fam (2) £35-£45 pppn www.millofeyrland.com Ensuite (3) Priv fac (1)

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Loons Cottage Comfortable cottage situated on a working stock farm overlooking the RSPB Loons Reserve. Perfect for fishing, walking, bird watching, cycling and relaxing. Netherdale, Birsay, Per week £170-£280 Orkney KW17 2NA Cottage (1) T: 01856 721386 M: 0795 524 1397 Bedrooms (2) phyllis@loonscottage.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.loonscottage.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Brinkies Guest House A warm Orcadian welcome and accommodating attitude awaits! Spectacular open views. Within walking distance of Stromness. Free parking and WiFi. Sgl £45-£70 pppn Brownstown Road, Stromness Dbl/ Tw (1) £37.50-£45 pppn Orkney KW16 3JN Fam (2) £37.50-£45 pppn T/F: 01856 851881 M: 0758 627 2328 Ensuite (3) brinkiesguesthse@btinternet.com www.brinkiesguesthouse.co.uk Priv facs (1) Open: Jan – Dec

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TANKERNESS Straigona Bed & Breakfast Semi rural with views over Inganess Bay but just five miles from Kirkwall. Close to Airport. All rooms ensuite. Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QR T: 01856 861328 M: 0776 209 8005 straigonabandb@gmail.com www.straigona.co.uk

Sgl (1) £55-£80 prpn Dbl (1) £75-£95 prpn Tw (1) £75-£95 prpn Fam (1) £90-£130 prpn Ensuite (3) Open: Jan – Dec

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Annie’s Place Cosy, well equipped ground floor apartment, adjacent to beach, shop, tearoom and Earl’s Palace. Cliff walks, bird reserves, fishing, archaeology and sunsets.

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The Old Manse, Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX T: 01856 721491 or 01360 770036 M: 0750 352 2089 robinbarr@btinternet.com

£350 - £385 Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2-4) anniesplaceorkney.co.uk

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Peedie Waaness Peace and comfort, with extensive, panoramic views across Scapa Flow. Who knows what you will see? Oystercatchers in the garden or whales in the Flow. Per week £350 - £425 Waaness, Burray, Bungalow (1) Orkney KW17 2SX Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 731963 M:0779 195 8662 Sleeps (4) hemfam@btinternet.com www.cottageguide.co.uk/waanessorkney/

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The Slap Self Catering and Gateway Caravan The Slap is a 1800 Orkney Croft House with flagstone floors and beams open to the roof. It is set in 6 acres of working croft land & overlooks Scapa Flow. Ruemurera, Burray, Per week Orkney, KW17 2SU Cottage £250-£400 T: 01856 731309 M: 0797 997 5105 Sleeps (2-4) ccorsie309@aol.com Caravan £200-£300 www.cottageguide.co.uk/theslap Sleeps (4-6)

Grukalty A modern, contemporary, detached property, with stunning uninterrupted sea views towards the Atlantic Ocean. Features a Sauna and Spa Hot Tub. Per Week Cottage Bedrooms Sleeps

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Corks Totally private restored cottage - panoramic views over loch and sea. Underfloor heating and spacious living room make perfect holiday home. Lady Dunmore, 14 Regent Terrace, Per week £400-£550 Edinburgh EH7 5BN Cottage (1) T: 01315 567051 M: 0774 331 9978 Bedrooms (2) anne.dunmore@icloud.com Sleeps (2-4) www.corksorkney.com

Upper Fea, Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HR T: 01856 771281 M: 0771 315 5644 susannicolson@hotmail.com www.grukaltyorkneyselfcatering.co.uk

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Skesquoy Country cottage set in tranquil farmland adjacent to RSPB reserve. Comfortable retreat with coal fire, sun room and loch views. Boathouse, Finstown, Per week £430-£550 Orkney KW17 2EH Cottage (1) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 921 6756 Bedrooms (3) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com Sleeps (2-6) www.orkneyself-catering.com

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Corkaquina Refurbished 19th c stone cottage retaining original character, scenic location overlooking Marwick Bay. Close to RSPB reserve. Short breaks available. Mrs G Moar, Upper Scapa, Per week £400-£595 St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SD Cottage (1) T: 01856 874100 M: 0774 548 7498 Bedrooms (2) info@orkney-cottages.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orkney-cottages.co.uk

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Palace Cottage Traditional cottage retaining many original features, refurbished to a high standard. Excellent location for Brough of Birsay and Marwick Head. Mrs Maureen Norquoy, Kellyan, Per week £280-£350 Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 721418 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@palace-cottage-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2-6) www.palace-cottage-orkney.co.uk

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BIRSAY Mid Colmoquoy Cottage A cosy modern detached bungalow. Close to Marwick Head and Brough of Birsay. Ideal for fishing, touring, birdwatching and historic sites. Mrs G Watt, Mid Colmoquoy Per week £125-£230 Cottage, Marwick, Birsay, Bungalow (1) Orkney KW17 2ND Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 721218 Sleeps (4) gertie.watt9@btinternet.com

1 Broughton B&B Comfortable, renovated nineteenth-century house on waterside with great views over Pierowall Bay close access to village. Sgl £50-£60 pppn 1, Broughton, Westray Dbl (3) £70-£80 prpn Orkney KW17 2DA Tw (2) £70 prpn T: 01857 677726 M: 0778 350 8753 Fam £90 prpn swaledale45@hotmail.com Ensuite/priv facs (5) www.no1broughton.co.uk

£450-£550 (1) (2) (4-8) Open: Jan – Dec

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Sunnyvale, Burray, Orkney KW17 2SS T: 01856 731468 hilda_gray@sky.com www.woodenhouse.co.uk

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New Holland Cottage Refurbished spacious detached bungalow with large garden. Close to sandy beaches and Kirkwall. En-suite master bedroom and separate wet room. New Holland Cottage, Deerness, Per week £300-£550 Orkney KW17 2QQ Bungalow (1) M: 0790 443 5010 Bedrooms (2-3) fiona@fionawatson.com Sleeps (4-8) www.newhollandcottage.com

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Hannabreck Traditional Orkney cottage secluded location, panoramic views. Box beds, flag stone floors, open fire, WiFi. Local fishing, pets welcome. Bigging, Dounby, Per week £200-£400 Orkney KW17 2HR Cottages (1) T/F: 01856 771340 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@hannabreck.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.hannabreck.co.uk

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Atlantis Lodges Waterfront accommodation available for single night or longer. On-site parking, with easy access to village amenities and Orkney attractions. Boat House, Finstown, Per week £280-£460 Orkney KW17 2EH Apartment (12) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 921 6756 Bedrooms (1-2) info@atlantislodges.com Sleeps (2-4) www.atlantislodges.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Woodwick Mill An Eco-friendly, converted Mill heated by water turbine, heat pump and solar panels in a peaceful burnside setting. Rognvalsey, Dundas Crescent, Per week £392 - £840 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JQ Flat (1) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 874150 M: 0776 809 0354 Sleeps (1-3) info@woodwickmill.co.uk Apartment (3) Bedrooms (2-3) www.woodwickmill.co.uk Sleeps (1-6) Open: Jan – Dec

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Kringla Apartments TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Convenient location for archaeological, historical and natural sites. In a small friendly village with shops and hotel. Spacious, modern and well equipped. Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HN T: 01856 841803 enquiries@kringla.co.uk www.holidayinorkney.co.uk

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£300-£470 £80-£90 (3) Sleeps (4/5)

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Lochland Chalets Spacious fully equipped chalets, located near fishing lochs and archaeological sites. Disabled accommodation - own bird hide - pets welcome - WiFi. Bigging, Dounby, Per week £150-£290 Orkney KW17 2HR Chalet (4) T/F: 01856 771340 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@lochlandchalets.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.lochlandchalets.co.uk

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The Peedie Hoose Renovated to very high standard, close to Dounby village. Ideally situated for all interests. Welcome pack provided, Families welcome. Mrs W Kirkness, New Vola, Per week £360-£460 Dounby, Orkney KW17 2JQ Cottage (1) T: 01856 841724 M: 0795 839 9410 Bedrooms (2) newvola@btinternet.com Sleeps (6) www.orkneyselfcatering.holiday

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Orkney Self Catering Novel upturned boathouse on private seashore site. Superb sea view. Central location for all sightseeing. Ideal family accommodation. Boathouse, Finstown, Per week £450-£600 Orkney KW17 2EH Boathouse (1) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 921 6756 Bedrooms (3) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com Sleeps (6) www.orkneyself-catering.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Orkney Self Catering 3 Self Catering Bungalows. Central waterfront location. Superb seaviews. Patio and private parking. Close to world heritage site. Boat House, Finstown, Per week £430-£550 Orkney KW17 2EH Bungalow (3) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 921 6756 Bedrooms (2) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com Sleeps (2-4) www.orkneyself-catering.com

Kirkdale Apartments Four high quality self catering apartments located in a converted church in the picturesque West Mainland village of Evie. Brin Novan, Evie, Per week £300-£575 Orkney KW17 2NJ Apartment (4) T: 01856 751432 M: 0779 508 3783 Bedrooms (2-3) kirkdaleapartments@btinternet.com Sleeps (4-6) www.kirkdaleapartments.co.uk

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Auld Kirk Apartments A stunning mix of traditional building, with the latest modern design, situated in the picturesque village of Finstown. 5 Clumly Avenue, Kirkwall, Per week £450-£600 Orkney KW15 1YU T: 01856 875438 Apartment (3) M: 0788 444 6086 F: 01856 877014 Bedrooms (3) michelle@r-clouston.co.uk Sleeps (2-6) www.auldkirk-apt.co.uk

Sties Traditional croft cottage, recently renovated to a high standard, situated 200 yards from the shore with views across neighbouring Islands. 69 Ormond Crescent, Hampton, Per week £300 Middlesex TW12 2TQ Cottage (1) T: 02089 415291 M: 0777 846 3798 Bedrooms (2) sties@btinternet.com Sleeps (5) www.sties.co.uk

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BY EVIE Swannay Cottage Swannay Cottage offers amazing fishing, shooting and birdwatching opportunities on site. Swannay, By Evie, Per week £350-£400 Orkney KW17 2NP Cottage (1) T: 01856 721258 M: 0792 869 4363 Bedrooms (3) info@swannaycottageorkney.co.uk Sleeps (5) www.swannaycottageorkney.co.uk

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Buan House This beautifully presented, exceptional four bedroom house enjoys spectacular sea views. Its stunning location gives easy access to main sites. Ann Stevenson, Burness, Firth, Per week £650-£990 Orkney KW17 2ET House (1) T: 01856 761442 M: 0776 866 3922 Bedrooms (4) ann@the-stevensons.co.uk Sleeps (8) www.orkneyselfcatering.co.uk

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New Breckan Country Cottage suitable for a couple. Located in the heart of the West Mainland. Many archaeological sites nearby. New Breckan, Harray, Per week £190-£260 Orkney KW17 2JR Cottage (1) T: 01856 771233 Bedrooms (1) sandra@newbreckan.co.uk Sleeps (2) www.newbreckan.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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HOLM Craebreck House Spacious comfortable farmhouse on organic beef farm six miles from Kirkwall. Bedding provided. Price varies depending on number of people. Netherbreck, Holm, Orkney KW17 2RX Per week £300-£700 T: 01856 781231 M: 0788 748 4731 House (1) orkneyholiday@gaudies.freeserve.co.uk Bedrooms (5) www.orkneyholiday.co.uk Sleeps (11)

Grimbister Farm Cottage Spacious three bedroom cottage on working farm. Come and enjoy the outstanding views over the Bay of Firth. Mrs A Seator, Grimbister Farm, Per week £300-£400 By Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1TT Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 761318 Bedrooms (3) grimbister@orknet.co.uk Sleeps (6)

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Netherbutton Cottages Traditional style cottages with modern interiors. Peaceful country location three miles from Kirkwall. Superb views over Scapa Flow. Mrs Shirley Ward, Scarhaven, Per week £250-£475 Holm, Orkney KW17 2RZ Cottage No.1 Bedrooms (3) T: 01856 781312 M: 0783 583 5126 Sleeps (1-6) shirley@netherbutton.co.uk Cottage No.2 Bedrooms (2) www.netherbutton.co.uk Sleeps (1-4) Open: Jan – Dec

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12 Clay Loan Terraced house in the centre of Kirkwall. An ideal base for your family holiday in Orkney. Briarlea, 10 Dundas Crescent, Per week £350-£500 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JQ House (1) T: 01856 875556 Bedrooms (3) alicecant@btinternet.com Sleeps (5) alice@kirkwallselfcatering.com Open: Jan – Dec

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25 Pickaquoy Drive Welcoming you to our comfortable, modern house, centrally located, within walking distance of local amenities, transport links and historic sites. Tarland, Holm, Per week £350-£550 Orkney KW17 2SA House (1) T: 01856 781205 Bedrooms (2-3) info@kirkwallselfcateringorkney.com Sleeps (4-5) www.kirkwallselfcateringorkney.com

Furso Langhouse Have a peaceful, relaxing, holiday in our Langhouse with traditional open fire, box beds plus modern comforts. Views towards Harray loch. Val Flett, Lynnbrekk, The Meadow Per week £300-£500 Kirwall, Orkney House (1) T: 01856 875135 Bedrooms (2) auroraselfcatering@hotmail.com Sleeps (2-6) auroraselfcateringorkney.co.uk

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19 St Catherine’s Place A fully equipped Historic Scotland listed building, 250 metres from the shops, harbour, restaurants and bars. Short breaks available. 19 St Catherine’s Place, Kirkwall, Per week £420-£595 Orkney KW15 1HX House (1) T: 01856 701632 Bedrooms (3) ness.longhope@gmail.com Sleeps (5) www.orkneyselfcateringkirkwall.com

Breckan Spacious four bedroom house with enclosed garden, overlooking Harray Loch and Hoy Hills. Ideal location for families, sightseeing and fishing lochs. Karona, Stoneyhill Road Per week £300-£400 Harray, Orkney KW17 2JS House (1) T: 01856 771442 Bedrooms (4) james.ballantyne4@btopenworld.com Sleeps (6)

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA 14 Buttquoy Park Modern semi-detached bungalow situated in the beautiful town of Kirkwall, only two minutes walk from the town centre. Mr R. Peace, New Voy, Toab, Per week £250-350 Orkney KW17 2QG House (1) T: 01856 861267 M: 0786 776 5774 Bedrooms (1) raymondpeace@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-4) www.14buttquoypark.co.uk

Peedie Hoose Luxurious two bedroom cottage enjoying spectacular sea views from its triple aspect 1st floor lounge. Close to main tourist sites. Ann Stevenson, Burness, Firth, Per week £390-£690 Orkney KW17 2ET Cottage (1) T: 01856 761442 M: 0776 866 3922 Bedrooms (2) ann@the-stevensons.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orkneyselfcatering.co.uk

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA Benbradagh Flat Renovated accommodation in a modern family house with its own entrance. Situated in a quiet residential area, only 15 min walk to the town. Mrs Alison Robinson, Benbradagh, Per week £150-£250 Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Flat (1) Orkney KW15 1SP Bedrooms (1) T/F: 01856 874332 Sleeps (2) alisonrobinson55@gmail.com

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Berstane House, Seaview Apartments Spacious apartments in private woodland with beautiful sea views. 1.5 miles from Kirkwall town centre. Berstane House, St Ola, Per week £250-£390 Orkney KW15 1SZ Flat (2) T: 01856 876277 Bedrooms (2-3) collinreid@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-5) www.berstane.co.uk

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Overscapa Cottage Spacious traditional style cottage of unique character on outskirts of Kirkwall. Rural setting near Scapa Beach. Short breaks available. Mrs Gwen Moar, Upper Scapa, Per week £500-£975 St. Ola, Orkney KW15 1SD Cottage (1) T: 01856 874100 M: 0774 548 7498 Bedrooms (4) info@orkney-cottages.co.uk Sleeps (2-8) www.orkney-cottages.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Eastbank Cottages Five modern cottages in quiet peaceful location near town centre. Garden and private parking. No smoking or pets. Free WiFi. Bank House, East Road, Per week £210-£395 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LX Cottage (5) T: 01856 873561 M: 0776 332 3534 Bedrooms (1-2) stuart@eastbank.freeserve.co.uk Sleeps (2-4)

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Orkney Villas Luxury apartments within house and grounds. Peaceful, relaxing, sumptuous accommodation by the sea and a short walk to town. Short breaks available. Lynne & Craig Spence, Craigiefield Per week £295-£795 House, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UJ Apartment (3) T: 01856 878477 M: 0779 557 4116 Bedrooms (1-2) info@orkneyvillas.com Sleeps (2-4) www.orkneyvillas.com

Earl Thorfinn Cottage Lovely two bedroom cottage, central location 5 mins walk to town centre and St Magnus Cathedral, still in a quiet area, free WiFi, Parking, winter offers available. 2 Earl Thorfinn, Kirkwall, Per week £295-£475 Orkney KW15 1QF Cottage (1) T: 01856 851234 M: 0788 514 5549 Bedrooms (1-2) info@accommodationorkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-4) www.accommodationorkney.co.uk

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Crantit House High quality 1850 circa country mansion house, surrounded by mature walled gardens, Close to Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral and Scapa beach. Crantit Self Catering, Crantit House, Per week £350-£490 St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RZ Apartment (2) T: 01856 872899 M: 0771 161 0017 Bedrooms (2) crantit@aol.com Sleeps (4) www.crantit.co.uk

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Orkney Bedsits, 2/4 Wellington Street Ideal for one to two people, daily bookings taken. Close to town centre, shops, restaurants and Kirkwall’s historical sites. Haughead, Orkney Per week £210-£350 KW15 1TR Bedsit & Flat (3) T: 01856 875265 Bedrooms (1) dorothybain@yahoo.co.uk Sleeps (1-2) www.orkneybedsits.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Broad Street Gardens Apartments and Townhouse Lovely purpose built accommodation in the heart of Kirkwall. Overlooking Tankerness House Gardens. Private off street parking. J&W Tait Ltd, Kirkwall, Orkney Per week £420-£745 M: 0770 236 6933 Apartment (8) Bedrooms (2) F: 01856 876133 Sleeps (4 - 4+1) enquiry@kirkwallapartments.co.uk Townhouse (1) Bedrooms (3) www.kirkwallapartments.co.uk Sleeps (6)

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Laurel House Modern 1st floor house centrally located, a few minutes from travel centre, buses, North Isles boats and local restaurants. 3 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Per week £500-£600 Orkney KW15 1LB First floor house (1) T: 01856 870285 M: 0782 148 3711 Bedrooms (3) laurelorkney@aol.com Sleeps (2-6) www.laurelselfcatering.co.uk

£395-£695 (4) (2-3) (1-8)

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Blinkbonny Holiday Homes Four houses three miles from Kirkwall. Superb view over Scapa Flow. Fully equipped to a high standard. Heating, electricity and linen included. St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SF M: 0779 685 8569 enquiries@blinkbonny.com www.blinkbonny.com

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High Park Lodges High Park Lodges are ideally situated for exploring Orkney. The historical Kirkwall town centre is a pleasant 20 minute walk. Highview, Rosebank, Kirkwall, Per week £385-£600 Orkney, KW15 1WU Lodge (4) T: 01856 873541 M: 0773 426 1823 Bedrooms (2) highparkorkney@gmail.com Sleeps (1-4) www.highparkorkney.com Open: May – Sept

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St Magnus Apartment Comfortable and elegant apartment in the heart of Kirkwall. Beautiful views of St Magnus Cathedral. 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Per week £390-£600 Orkney KW15 1DH Flat (1) M: 0799 059 1393 Bedrooms (2) info@stmagnusapartment.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.stmagnusapartment.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Eastmount Apartment Eastmount includes a double bedroom with en-suite, kitchen, bathroom and living room/dining area. Double sofa bed located in the living room. Eastmount, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX Per week £300-£400 T: 0776 555 5754 Apartment (1) enquiries@eastmountselfcatering.com Bedrooms (1) www.eastmountselfcatering.com Sleeps (2-4) Open: Jan – Dec

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Startin, Thom Street Newly refurbished 4 bedroom house, in a quiet location in Kirkwall town centre, with private parking and garden. Ideal for families. Lynnbrekk, The Meadows, Kirkwall Per week £300-£600 Orkney KW15 1DE House (1) T: 01856 875135 M: 0791 966 9999 Bedrooms (4) auroraselfcatering@hotmail.com Sleeps (7) auroraselfcateringorkney.co.uk

Gray’s Inn Coaching Inn (past). Centrally located for historic sites of interest. Spectacular views overlooking Scapa Flow. Wildlife and walking close by. Roadside Cottage, Smoogro, Per week £250-£280 Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RB Cottage (1) T: 01856 811393 Bedrooms (2) liz.slater1@virgin.net Sleeps (1-4) Open: Jan – Dec

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ORPHIR Hall of Clestrain Cottage Traditional cottage on working farm. Beautiful views over Hoy. Comfortable accommodation. Great location for exploring, walks to beach/sightseeing. Mrs J Craigie, Hall Of Clestrain, Per week £200-£350 Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HB Cottage (1) T: 01856 850365 Bedrooms (2) jean.craigie1@btinternet.com Sleeps (4) www.hallofclestrain.com

Sunrise Apartment Second floor flat, central location, 2 mins from St Magnus Cathedral. Ideally located for exploring Orkney’s attractions. Spacious and renovated in a contemporary style. 28a Albert Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HL T: 01856 873759 M: 0788 155 5033 m.macpherson@homecall.co.uk www.orkneysunrise.com

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ThistleDoMe Self Catering Modern accommodation in quiet residential area. Free Wifi. Towels and bed linen provided. Shed storage for bikes, fishing rods etc. Short breaks available. Helen Tait, 16a Royal Oak Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RF T: 01856 861422 royaloak16a@outlook.com www.cottageguide.co.uk/royaloak16a/

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£280-£450 (1) (2) (1-4) Open: Jan – Dec

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‘Wir Peedie Hoose’, 13 Buttquoy Park Quiet location in the centre of Kirkwall in close proximity to St Magnus Cathedral and The Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces. Elspeth Linklater, Lairlea, Holm Road, Kirkwall KW15 1RT T: 01856 874061 M: 0773 306 5545 enquiries@selfcatering-kirkwallcentre.co.uk www.selfcatering-kirkwallcentre.co.uk

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£335-£455 (1) (1) (1-2) Open: Jan – Dec

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Bachylis Self Catering Semi-detached cottage overlooking Kirbister Loch and Waulkmill Beach, between Kirkwall and Stromness. Ideal for historical sites, hillwalking/fishing. Bachylis, Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HD Per week £180-£320 T: 01856 811363 House (1) shona@bachylis.co.uk Bedrooms (2) www.bachylis.co.uk Sleeps (4)

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ORPHIR Little Bu Situated in a quiet sunny location, this delightful Norwegian style well-equipped house is perfect to enjoy Orkney’s attractions. Windbreck, Butchers Lane, Boughton, Per week £500 - £650 Northampton NN2 8SL Cottage (1) T: 01604 843275 M: 0788 912 3039 Bedrooms (3) jshephard@northamptonshire.gov.uk Sleeps (6) www.littlebu.co.uk

Howar Cottage and Nouster Crofthouse Overlooking beautiful Nouster bay with its seaweed eating sheep and seals. Alpacas and five ancient breeds of sheep at Howar. Howar, North Ronaldsay, Per week £300-£360 Orkney KW17 2BE Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) T: 01857 633253 Sleeps (4) cottage@howar.co.uk Crofthouse (1) Bedrooms (2) www.howar.co.uk Sleeps (5)

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ORPHIR Millbrig Traditional stone-built flag roofed cottage overlooking Ward Hill and Kirbister Loch. Mrs F M Blydenstein, 4 Tuthill Court, Per week £475 Royston, Herts SG8 9TT Cottage (1) T: 01763 287288 M: 0777 094 2332 Bedrooms (2) fimby@millbrig.plus.com Sleeps (4) www.millbrig-orkney.co.uk

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ORPHIR Old Point 10 yards from the shore, a modernised traditional stone cottage with woodburning stove, in a stunning peaceful setting with abundant wildlife.

Burnlee This four bedroom bungalow provides high quality accommodation where you can relax and enjoy beautiful views of hill and meadow. Skaill, Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HD Per week £440-£630 T: 01856 811242 Bungalow (1) k_sclater@hotmail.com Bedrooms (4) www.burnlee-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2-7)

Point, Smoogro Road, Orkney KW17 2RB T: 01856 811772 orkneyshorecottage@gmail.com www.orkneyshorecottage.co.uk

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£165-£300 (1) (1) (2)

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Owlswood Lodge Hot tub, environmentally friendly, flagstone floor, underfloor heating, multi fuel stove, wind turbine, panoramic views, enclosed garden, electric, towels, linen inc. Disabled facilities.

Buxa Farm Chalets & Croft House Three Norwegian style semi-detached chalets and one croft house situated on 20 acres of waterfront property with stunning panoramic views. Westrow Lodge, Orphir, Per week £425-£775 Orkney KW17 2RD Chalet (3) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 811360 Sleeps (2-5) k2bichan@aol.com Crofthouse (1) Bedrooms (3) www.rovingeye.co.uk Sleeps (2-8)

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Brecks Self Catering Brecks Byre and Brecks Barn have been converted to a very high standard by local tradesmen over a 2 and a half year period. Sunnydale, Back Road, St Margaret’s Hope, Per week £375-£695 Orkney, KW17 2SP Barn (1) Bedrooms (3) T: 01856 831599 M: 0790 064 1653 Sleeps (6) info@brecks-selfcatering-orkney.co.uk Byre (1) Bedrooms (1) www.brecks-selfcatering-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2)

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Bendigo, Grimness, South Ronaldsay, Orkney T: 01856 831898 barbarahyde@btinternet.com www.bendigo-selfcatering-orkney.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Ayres Rock Accommodation Beach front accommodation comprising of self catering, hostel, static caravan, camping pods and B&B on request. WiFi and TV in rooms. Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2AY T: 01857 600410 sandayhostel@gmail.com www.ayres-rock-hostel-orkney.com

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SOUTH RONALDSAY Garleton, St Margaret’s Hope

Detached Cottage peacefully situated on its own jetty by rocky shore on edge of fishing village. 5 minutes from the ferry by car. Oil heating included. Smoking allowed downstairs. Electricity by meter. Pets welcome.

£15.00 - £17.50 £17.50 Dorm (1) Ensuite (1) Sleeps (8)

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Cauldhame Self Catering Cauldhame is a luxury five bedroomed traditional cottage and steading conversion. Located in a stunning elevated setting with sea views. Farewell Farm, St Margaret’s Hope, Per week £350-£700 Orkney KW17 2TW Cottage (1) T: 01856 831266 M: 0772 087 1795 Bedrooms (5) annseatter@btinternet.com Sleeps (8) www.cauldhameselfcatering.com

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Bendigo Modern, spacious, high-spec house with own foreshore. Superb panoramic views. Guest feedback “Best one yet after 25 years of self-catering experience”.

Anchor Cottage Central location, just off main road, near shop, etc; detached with secure garden, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 7. Ample parking. Quoyliddie, Sanday, Orkney, KW17 2BW Per week £315-£420 T: 01857 600296 M: 0774 672 4023 Cottage (1) anchorcottage@hotmail.co.uk Bedrooms (4) www.orkneyholidaylets.com Sleeps (7)

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Unigar Cottages “Unigar Cottages” are three premium cottages situated in the heart of the West Mainland ideal for visiting the archaeological sites, RSPB bird sites and fishing on one of Orkney’s many lochs. Also a 1 minute walk from the Orkney Brewery.

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Skara Brae Cottages Skara Brae Cottages and ‘cosy flat’ are situated on a working farm overlooking the Bay of Skaill. Short breaks available. Netherstove, Sandwick, Per week £180-£320 Orkney KW16 3LS Flat (1) Bedrooms (1) T/F: 01856 841625 Sleeps (2) Chalet (2) Bedrooms (2) ann@netherstove.com Sleeps (2-4) www.netherstove.com

Trumland Farm Steading See Rousay, Know Orkney. Contemporary conversion of traditional farm buildings on organic farm for a memorable stay. Short lets possible. Trumland Farm, Rousay, Per week £280-£420 Orkney KW17 2PU Cottage (2) Bedrooms (1-2) T/F: 01856 821252 Sleeps (2-5) M: 0754 537 4029 Studio (1) Bedsit trumland@btopenworld.com Sleeps (1-2)

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Cedarlee Self Catering Cedarlee is cedar-clad, situated five minutes walk from Rousay Pier, set in its own grounds among trees, with panoramic views. Mrs Alison Mainland, Kirkland, Per week £300-£400 Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU Cottage (1) T: 01856 821243 M: 0774 525 6709 Bedrooms (2) alison@cedarleeselfcatering.co.uk Sleeps (4-6) www.cedarleeselfcatering.co.uk

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Skaill House Apartments Premium apartments within a private wing of Orkney’s Finest Mansion. Fully refurbished in 2016, overlooking Skara Brae and the stunning Bay of Skaill. Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR Per week £375-£650 T: 01856 841501 Flat (2) info@skaillhouse.co.uk Bedrooms (2-4) www.skaillhouse.co.uk Sleeps (4-8)

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Broland Self Catering Newly renovated farm cottage in quiet location. Situated in a small working farm steading. Kirsty Mainland Per week £150-£300 T: 01856 821336 Cottage (1) M: 0786 075 5761 Bedrooms (2) kirstyamainland@aol.com Sleeps (4) www.islandhousesorkney.com

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SANDWICK Instabillie Self Catering Two traditional Orkney cottages which have been totally renovated to a high standard. Great location overlooking the Bay of Skaill. Kardale, Sandwick, Orkney Per week £350-£500 T/F: 01856 841733 Cottage (2) M: 0775 337 8917 Bedrooms (3) info@orkney-accommodation.co.uk Sleeps (5-6) www.orkney-accommodation.co.uk

Scapa Flow Lodges Three luxury lodges which look down over the magnificent views of Scapa Flow. Enjoy a comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience. Scorralee, Scorradale Road, Per week £350-£530 Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF Lodge (3) T/F: 01856 811268 Bedrooms (2) margaretclouston@btinternet.com Sleeps (4) www.scapaflow-lodges.co.uk


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SOUTH RONALDSAY

STROMNESS

Self Catering

C9

Fisherman’s Cottage and Lyness Flat Unique cottage situated on it’s own pier with panoramic views. Studio flat in historic house. Both properties close to all amenities. Mrs Bunty Mowat, Cottage (1) £280-£340 pw 8 Graham Place, Stromness, Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (3) Orkney KW16 3BY Studio flat (1) £200-£250 pw T: 01856 850581 Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2) norriemowat@gmail.com

West Shaird Comfortable farmhouse in peaceful location overlooking Sandwick Bay. Ideal for walking, cycling, wildlife, chilling. Has private garden and parking. All amenities within 3 miles. Laura Cromarty, Hools, South Per week £360-£560 Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2RH Farmhouse (1) T: 01856 831265 M: 0777 405 6966 Bedrooms (3) acrom265@aol.com www.westshaird.co.uk Sleeps (1-6)

Self Catering

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STENNESS

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Odin Outstanding fishing location and birdwatchers’ paradise, spectacularly situated between Harray and Stenness Lochs. UNESCO World Heritage Site – world acclaimed archaeology on doorstep. Odin, Brodgar, Stenness KW16 3JZ Per week £825-£1150 T: 01224 593029 M: 0780 135 0945 House (1) olivetaylor@btinternet.com Bedrooms (4) www.odinorkney.com Sleeps (6)

STROMNESS

Open: Jan – Dec

Self Catering

C9

Harbourlee House & Cottage Ideal seafront location with views over the harbour and beyond. Centrally situated for festivals, fishing, diving, surfing, and visiting the many archaeological sites. House (1) From £1200 pw Sylvia Brown, 45/47 Victoria Street, Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (12+) Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850661 M: 0776 527 1009 Cottage (1) From £560 pw info@brownsorkney.co.uk Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4/5) www.brownsorkney.co.uk

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STENNESS

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The Standing Stones of Stenness

Overbigging A large beautifully appointed house situated next to three World Heritage Archaeology sites and Orkney’s best trout fishing loch. A Walter, Sunnydale, Hambledon Road, Per week £475-£525 Denmead, Hants PO7 6LR Cottage (1) T: 02392 240161 Bedrooms (3) orkney-farmhouse@hotmail.com Sleeps (1-6) www.orkney-farmhouse.co.uk

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STENNESS

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Whitesails Unwind and luxuriate in our superb spacious accommodation. Stunning uninterrupted views. Large Garden. Near Neolithic sites and beaches. Outbrecks, Stenness, Orkney KW16 3EY Per week £260-£680 T/F: 01856 851223 M: 0771 804 8437 House (2) Bedrooms (4) accommodation@outbreckscottagesSleeps (1-8) orkney.co.uk Cottage (2) Bedrooms (1-3) www.outbreckscottages-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-6)

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Open: Jan – Dec

STROMNESS

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52 Dundas Street A beautiful one bedroom property with exceptional views over Stromness Harbour and islands beyond. Free WiFi available. Mrs A Heddle, 54 Dundas Street, Per week £250-£290 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA Flat (1) T: 01856 850255 M: 0773 453 8613 Bedrooms (1) orkney.cycle.hire@talk21.com Sleeps (2 + child) www.orkneyaccommodation.com Open: Jan – Dec

STROMNESS

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C9

Anderson’s Harbour Cottages Four character 1800’s waterfront Cottages. Own piers. Spectacular views. Yesteryear charm with every modern amenity. Luxurious furnishings. Parking. 36 & 40 Alfred Street, 4 & 18 South End Per week £300-£950 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DF Cottage (4) M:00 2779 492 9789 Bedrooms (1-4) rosemary@andersoncottage.co.uk Sleeps (1-8) www.andersoncottage.co.uk

STROMNESS

Open: Jan – Dec

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Per week Cottage Bedrooms Sleeps

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STROMNESS

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STROMNESS

Open: Jan – Dec

Self Catering

C9

Maraquoy Holiday Cottages Two cottages overlooking Scapa Flow with single/double/family occupancy sleeping 2-4 individually or 8 collectively. Maraquoy, Stromness, Per week £225-£550 Orkney KW16 3JU Cottage (2) T: 01856 851746 M: 0788 088 3107 Bedrooms (2) ellis.dave5@googlemail.com Sleeps (2-4) www.maraquoy.co.uk

Feawell Self Catering Fully refurbished for 2015. One bedroomed semi detached cottage in idyllic location with panoramic views over Hoy and Scapa Flow. Feawell, Bu Road, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JH T: 01856 850443 M: 0777 090 7306 arthur.geddes@btinternet.com

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STROMNESS

C9

Innertown Apartments 3 new modern apartments, beautifully finished, spacious, peaceful location, private parking, 10 mins walk to town centre, en-suite bedrooms, free WiFi, winter offers available. Brownstown House, Stromness, Per week £250-£595 Orkney, KW16 3JN Apartment (3) T/F: 01856 851234 M: 0788 514 5549 Bedrooms (1-2) info@accommodationorkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-10 + 1 cot) www.accommodationorkney.co.uk

Camusbeag Central Stromness with Scapa Flow views. Split-level accommodation with internal staircase unsuitable for some people. Bed is double sofabed. Bea House, Back Road, Stromness, Per week £140-£240 Orkney KW16 3AW Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 851043 Bedrooms (1) M: 0777 587 0284 Sleeps (1-2) bea.house@virgin.net

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Howe Holiday Homes Two semi-detached and one cottage with sea views and hoy hills and other two on seashore with great wildlife and seals nearby. Howe Farm, Stromness, Per week £200-£325 Orkney KW16 3JU Cottage (5) T: 01856 850302 M: 0771 079 1246 Bedrooms (10) evelyn.reid1@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-19) www.howeholidayhomes.co.uk

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C9

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STROMNESS

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Marina House Apartments Two luxury apartments with superb views over Stromness Marina and greater harbour area. Garage parking and free WiFi. Mrs A Heddle, 54 Dundas Street, Per week £350-£480 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA Apartment/Flat (2) T: 01856 850255 M: 0773 453 8613 Bedrooms (2) orkney.cycle.hire@talk21.com Sleeps (4-8) www.orkneyaccommodation.com

£190-£290 (1) (1) (3) Open: Jan – Dec

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STROMNESS Merchant’s House and Fisherman’s Cottage Two waterfront beautifully renovated 18thC properties. Enjoy the attention to detail for stylish comfort in a great convenient location. Orkney Escapes Ltd, 20-24 Alfred Street, Cottage £370-£695 Stromness, Orkney House £680-£1125 T: 01856 850345 M: 0783 448 3576 Bedrooms (1 & 4) enquiries@orkneyescapes.co.uk Sleeps (1/2 & 8/9) www.orkneyescapes.co.uk

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Horrie Farm Self Catering Apartments Warm, comfortable accommodation with open outlook over farmland. Ideally suited for groups wishing to holiday together. Pets accepted by arrangement. Suilven, Tankerness, Per week £220-£450 Orkney KW17 2QU Apartment (2) T: 01856 861296 Bedrooms (2-3) mail@horriefarm.co.uk Sleeps (4-5) www.horriefarm.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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TANKERNESS Rerwick Cottage A spacious country cottage with traditional features. Enjoy the stunning surrounds of Rerwick Head, an unspoilt headland steeped in history. 14 Wellington Street, Per week £400 Orkney KW15 1AY Cottage (1) M: 0776 622 1960 Bedrooms (2) rerwickcottage@gmail.com Sleeps (2-5) www.lovelyorkneycottages.co.uk

Norday, 80 Victoria Street Comfortable accommodation in the heart of historical and picturesque Stromness, close to local amenities and transport links. Part weeks available. Mousland, Stromness, Per week £300-£395 Orkney KW16 3HU Cottage (1) T: 01856 850183 M: 0798 632 3871 Bedrooms (2) echalmers7880@gmail.com Sleeps (2-4) www.cottageguide.co.uk/norday

Open: May – Sept

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Pier House Centrally situated four bedroomed seafront property with views over harbour and down Scapa Flow. Seafront garden with patio. W&M Seatter, 34 Dundas Street, Per week £200-£450 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BZ House (1) T: 01856 850415 Bedrooms (4) pierhouse40@aol.com Sleeps (1-6) www.selfcateringstromnessorkney.co.uk Skaill House, Sandwick

Open: Jan – Dec

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STROMNESS

C9

Open: Jan – Dec

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STROMNESS

Per week Cottage Bedrooms Sleeps

C9

£275 (1) (1) (2) Open: Jan – Dec

SWANNAY, BIRSAY

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£850 (1) (4) (8-10)

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ISLE OF WESTRAY

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ISLE OF WESTRAY

F2

Orcadee Fine views over Pierowall Bay, shops and Heritage Centre. Noltland Castle and Golf Links nearby. Good for walking or just relaxing. The Lodge, Shirlett, Nr Broseley Per week £260-£300 Shropshire TF12 5BH Bungalow (1) T: 01952 727814 Bedrooms (2) M: 0754 367 2096 Sleeps (4-6)

Kirk Abune The Hill Beautifully renovated old Kirk situated on the coast of the West Mainland. Excellent for birdwatching, fishing and historic / neolithic attractions. Per week Kirk/House Bedrooms Sleeps

G9

Daisy Cottage Modern well equipped bungalow in centre of Pierowall Village. Convenient for shops, swimming pool, beaches and wildlife. Ferry 7 mls, Airport 3 mls. North Cubbigoe, Westray, Per week from £270 Orkney KW17 2DD Cottage (1) T: 01857 677398 Bedrooms (2) netta@cubbigoe.freeserve.co.uk Sleeps (4)

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Old Manse, Swannay, Orkney KW17 2NS T: 01856 721377 M: 0770 426 6032 kirkabunethehill@gmail.com www.orkneykirkselfcatering.co.uk

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Weaverhall Cottage Well equipped one bedroom cottage in a beautiful location, a ten minute walk from the centre of Stromness. Private garden and parking. Quiet area with spectacular panoramic views to the west and of Hoy. Available Sat to Sat. Weaverhall Cottage, Innertown, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JP T: 01856 850329 M: 0759 602 8748 neil_seatter@yahoo.co.uk

TANKERNESS

Sebay Mill Holiday Apartments Award-winning luxurious self-catering apartments. Six miles from Kirkwall. Spectacular beaches nearby. Rural location for a peaceful stay. Mr & Mrs McEwen, Oaklea Farm, Per week £475-£745 St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SX Apartment (5) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 877782 Sleeps (2-4) office@sebaymill.co.uk Apartment (1) Bedrooms (1) www.sebaymill.co.uk Sleeps (2)

The Shed-up-the-Lane & 16 Franklin Road Studio apartment and house. Central but peaceful locations. Easy walking to galleries, museum, piers and shops. Storage for bikes and sports equipment. 13 Graham Place, Stromness, Per week £210 - £350 Orkney KW16 3BY Studio (1) House (1) T: 01856 850376 Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) theshedupthelane@mybtinternet.com Sleeps (2) Sleeps (3-4)

Open: Jan – Dec

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The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm

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Self Catering

Self Catering

STROMNESS

Self Catering G10

TANKERNESS


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Holiday Caravan

BIRSAY

C6

Aurora Static Caravan A large spacious well equipped static caravan, in a beautiful rural location, with sea and loch views. Free fishing nearby.

Caravans & Camping

Queena Cottage, Swannay, Orkney KW17 2NS M: 0787 819 3710 queena@homeorkney.co.uk www.caravan.homeorkney.co.uk

Per week Caravan Sleeps

Bryameadow Farm, Twatt, Orkney KW17 2JH T: 01856 841803 kaymmorgan@gmail.com www.caravanorkney.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Per week Caravan Sleeps

£190-£250 (1) (4)

Open: Apr – Oct

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Camping and Eco Cabins F12

SOUTH RONALDSAY

Wheems Camping, Eco Pods and Cottage Small family run campsite, wooden insulated pods and renovated traditional cottage on an organic farm. Overlooking sandy bays and cliffs.

Orkney Caravan Park at the Pickaquoy Centre High quality site ideally located for touring Orkney, adjacent to excellent leisure facilities and swimming pool. Camping pods available. The Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Touring pitches on site (51) Tent pitches on site (30) Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LR Adult £6.85 to £9.95 pppn T: 01856 879900 F: 01856 879901 Junior £1.75 to £2.55 pppn enquiries@pickaquoy.com Camping Pods (2) Sleeps (6) orkneycaravanpark.co.uk From £49.00 per pod per night

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Caravan Orkney On working farm, ideally located for trout fishing, bird watching, walking and visiting historic and archeological sites and beautiful beaches.

£180-£280 (1) (6)

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SANDWICK

Wheems, Eastside, St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2TJ T: 01856 831556/0740 054 2026 wheemsbothy@gmail.com www.wheemsorganic.co.uk Open: Mar – Dec

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Touring Pitches (5) Per night £12-£14 Tent Pitches (15) Per night £10-£14 Cottage (1) Per week £350-£450 Yurt / Bell Tents (3) Per night £25-£55 Eco Pods(4) Per night £35-£45 Open: Jan - Dec

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel A superb base for exploring the historic sights and wonderful wildlife of Orkney. Good facilities including private and family rooms. Kirkwall SYHA, Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BB T: 01856 872243 kirkwall@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk

Junior Senior Dbl/Tw (11) Dorm (4) Sleeps (56)

From £15 From £17 Private (10)

Hostels

Open: Apr – Sept

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Orcades Hostel We are a modern, independent, family run hostel located in a peaceful spot. A short walk from Kirkwall town centre. Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RS T: 01856 873745 orcadeshostel@hotmail.co.uk www.orcadeshostel.com

Junior Senior Dbl/Tw (3) Ensuite (9) Sleeps (34)

ISLE OF NORTH RONALDSAY

Trumland Farm, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T/F: 01856 821252 M: 0754 537 4029 trumland@btopenworld.com Open: Jan – Dec

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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Modern hostel in converted barn, adjacent to campsite and Observatory Guest House with lounge bar, meals and groceries available. Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633200 alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk www.nrbo.co.uk

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Junior Senior Dbl/Tw (4) Pods (2) Ensuite (6)

Open: Jan – Dec

STROMNESS

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From Single Dbl/Tw Family Ensuite

£20 (3) (4) (5) (4) Sleeps (30) Open: Jan – Dec

ISLE OF WESTRAY

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The Barn Hostel and Campsite Quality hostel and campsite situated on the edge of Pierowall village. Family business in walking distance of all local amenities. Chalmersquoy Accommodation, Chalmersquoy, Westray, Orkney KW17 2BZ T: 01857 677214 M: 0780 304 8189 enquiries@chalmersquoywestray.co.uk www.chalmersquoywestray.co.uk

£15 £20-£28 Dorm (2) Private (5) Sleeps (20)

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£15-£17 £16-£18

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Papa Westray Hostel Comfortable, friendly hostel within walking distance of Papa Westray’s beaches, archaeological, historic sites and RSPB Reserve. SYHA Affiliate. Beltane House, Papa Westray, Orkney KW17 2BU T: 01857 644321/224 beltanepapay@aol.co.uk www.papawestray.co.uk

Dorm (2) Single (1) Sleeps (11)

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45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850661 info@brownsorkney.co.uk www.brownsorkney.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Brown’s Hostel and Houses Centrally situated self catering accommodation, computers and WiFi available. Standard to very comfortable ensuite bedrooms, all offered nightly or weekly.

Adult From £17 Junior From £17 Dorm (3) Sleeps (10)

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ISLE OF ROUSAY Rousay Hostel & Campsite Close to ferry from Orkney mainland. Ideal for walking, birdwatching and visiting historic sites. Campers use facilities. Bikes for hire.

£20-£26 £20-£26 Dorm (6)

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St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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Islands that stir the soul NORTH RONALDSAY

Mull Head

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PAPA WESTRAY

Bow Head

Nouster

Nouster Bay Point of Burrian

Holm of Papay

Noup Head

2

Moclett Bay

Tafts Ness

Otters Wick Bay of Tuquoy

Inga Ness

Bay of Lopness

Stanger Head

SANDAY

Berst Ness

Bay of Newark

CALF OF EDAY

Holm of Faray Westray Firth

Cata Sand

Red Head

Rapness

4

Backaskaill Bay

Point of Huro

Tres Ness

FARAY Sacquoy Head Faraclett Head

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ROUSAY

Loch of Swannay

BIRSAY

Birsay

Loch of Boardhouse

Marwick Head

EVIE

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Bay of Skaill

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Loch of Harray

B9056

GAIRSAY

SHAPINSAY

Loch of Kirbister

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St Mary’s

Ba Rora Head

B9047

Rackwick

Scad Head

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PegalRYSA BayLITTLE

Mill Bay

Lyness Little Rackwick B9047

Longhope

Point of Hackness

B9047

LONGHOPE

Hoxa Head

Herston Head

Kirkhouse Point

SWITHA

SOUTH RONALDSAY

Brims Ness

Windwick Bay

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Halcro Head Burwick

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SWONA

Scrabster

Thurso

Gills Bay

John (Foot Pa o’ Groats • Bu ssengers, rwick Summer only)

Gills

Brough Ness

STROMA

Mainland Scotland

Grimness

Widewall Bay

Cantick Head

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Burray Ness

Ayre of Cara

St Margaret’s Hope

Hope

Tor Ness

BURRAY Water Sound

FLOTTA

Point of Ayre

Rose Ness The Bu Sands

HUNDA

FARA

St Mar

Scrabster • Stromness

North Bay

CALF OF FLOTTA

Newark Bay

COPINSAY

LAMB HOLM

Howequoy Head

GLIMPS HOLM

Lyrawa Bay

HOY

Rackwick Bay

Scapa Flow

CAVA

Dingieshowe

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The Old Man of Hoy

St Peter’s Pool

HOLM

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Houton

East Mainland

Waulkmill Bay

The Gloup

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Swanbister Bay

DEERNESS

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Deer Sound

Scapa Bay

ORPHIR

Mull Head

TANKERNESS

Abe

St John’s Head

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Inganess Bay

Hoy Sound

GRAEMSAY

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Rerwick Head

Kirkwall

Warebeth

Moaness

The String

Kirkwall Bay

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Stromness

AUSKERRY

HELLIAR HOLM

Finstown

Black Craig Billia Croo

Lamb Head

Rothiesholm Head

Veantrow Bay

Balfour Bay of Firth

Loch of Stenness

The Kame of Hoy

The Galt

FIRTH

B9055

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STRONSAY Bay of Holland

Ness of Ork

Bay of Isbister

HARRAY

Odness

Mill Bay

St Catherine’s Bay

Green Holms

RENDALL

Yesnaby

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Tingwall

Dounby

B9057

Point of The Graand

Gairsay Sound

Woodwick Bay

West Mainland

Whitehall

Linga Holm War Ness

Wyre Sound

WYRE B9057

Papa Stronsay

Falls of Warness

Trumland

Loch of Hundland

Holm of Huip

Backaland

EGILSAY

Eynhallow Sound

Spur Ness

EDAY

EYNHALLOW

Brough of Birsay

Loth

Fersness Bay

Saviskaill Bay

Costa Head

Bride’s Ness

Holms of Ire

WESTRAY

PENTLAND SKERRIES

Viewpoint

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Cover Photo: The Ness of Brodgar dig with the Ring of Brodgar in the background. Image ŠJim Richardson

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The Ness of Brodgar The discovery of this vast six acre Neolithic site in 2002, is one of the most significant archaeological finds in Western Europe, providing a unique insight to a prehistoric civilisation in the British Isles.

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