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VISITOR GUIDE 2019

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4 DISCOVER ORKNEY 6 GETTING TO ORKNEY 14 ESSENTIAL ORKNEY 18 ANCIENT ORKNEY 20 WARTIME ORKNEY 22 THE ISLANDS 24 OUTDOORS & ACTIVE 27 NATURAL ORKNEY 30 TASTE OF ORKNEY 38 CREATIVE ORKNEY 46 SHORTER DAYS, LONGER NIGHTS 48 FESTIVAL ISLANDS 50 THINGS TO SEE & DO 56 TOURING ORKNEY 60 STAYING IN ORKNEY 64 ACCOMMODATION 89 AREA MAP 90 SOCIAL MEDIA

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THE WONDER OF ORKNEY AWAITS YOU Timeless and beautiful, Orkney is a world to discover - a world where the past seems close enough to touch and where the changing seasons and endless skies create breathtaking backdrops. Savour all that is Orkney - its crystal-clear waters, fresh sea air, rugged landscapes and the incredible wildlife that make it their home.

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STUNNING BEACHES HUGE SKIES CRYSTAL WATERS ANCIENT WONDERS

Northern Lights

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Orkney is an exploration of simple pleasures, from sampling delicious just-caught lobster, to taking in the breathtaking vistas, from sea-spray on your skin, to the drama of the Aurora Borealis lighting up the winter night sky.

DISCOVER ORKNEY

There’s no place on earth quite like Orkney. With its rich heritage and prehistoric past, Orkney will envelop your senses, transporting you away from your daily routine and lifting your spirit.

Against a rich historical backdrop that creates a real feeling of timelessness, every month brings new pleasures in Orkney. With its year-round festivals, lively communities and the ever-changing landscape and seascape, each season offers its own attractions. And, of course you’ll share your visit with different wildlife visitors through the year - from dolphins and orcas, to puffins and whooper swans.

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HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL? Spotting dolphins and seabirds from the ferry deck, or seeing the isles emerging from the clear blue waters through the plane window, your Orkney experience starts on your journey from the Scottish mainland. Just 6 miles (10 kilometres) north of the Caithness coast, getting to Orkney is easy.

YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT SAILINGS AND FLIGHTS TO THE INNER & OUTER ISLES AT THE KIRKWALL VISITOR CENTRE OR GO TO WWW.ORKNEYFERRIES.CO.UK AND WWW.LOGANAIR.CO.UK

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With four ferry routes to choose from, and up to 12 sailings a day, there are plenty of opportunities to sail away to Orkney. Whether you’re bringing a car or travelling as a foot passenger, the crossing will give you the chance to spot dolphins, seals and of course a rich variety of seabirds. You’ll find it hard not to be inspired by the impressive sea cliffs. If you’re sailing into Stromness from Scrabster, near Thurso, look out for the Old Man of Hoy -

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a stunning sandstone sea stack, rising up 449 feet (137 metres). Ferries also sail regularly from Gills Bay, near John O’Groats and Aberdeen. Arriving by plane gives you a bird’s eye perspective as the islands materialise, rising up from the rich blue sea. Several flights arrive daily direct from, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness. From the airport it’s just a 10 minute taxi journey into Kirkwall.

FLIGHT TIMES TO KIRKWALL FROM: Glasgow Edinburgh Aberdeen Inverness

1 hour 1 hour 50 minutes 45 minutes

All the Scottish airports have good links to airports in England, including Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol, Newcastle and Southampton. Flight information: loganair.co.uk ba.com


Scrabster (near Thurso) - Stromness 90 minutes northlinkferries.co.uk Gill’s Bay (near John O’Groats) - St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay 60 minutes pentlandferries.co.uk Aberdeen-Kirkwall 6 hours northlinkferries.co.uk

PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS BUS Why not use the bus to reach your chosen ferry terminal? The Citylink network can take you to John O’ Groats, Gill’s Bay or Scrabster. citylink.co.uk From Inverness, the Orkney bus will take you to Kirkwall, via the John O’Groats ferry. Buses run June to August. jogferry.co.uk

John O’Groats - Burwick, South Ronaldsay* 40 minutes jogferry.co.uk

You can connect with ferries leaving from Aberdeen and Scrabster, near Thurso. scotrail.co.uk

LOCAL INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS VisitScotland accredited Information Partners are based throughout Orkney and offer excellent advice on how to get the most from your visit, with insider tips about the must-see attractions on the island. Look out for the ‘iKnow’ logo.

* Foot passengers only. Operates May-Sep.

ONCE YOU ARE HERE With a fantastic choice of 16 inhabited islands to explore, island hopping is part of the Orkney experience. From the Mainland, the Churchill Barriers make the road crossing onto Lamb Holm, Glimps Holm, Burray and South Ronaldsay easy. Cars and bikes are available to rent locally. But don’t miss the opportunity to jump on a ferry or plane, to discover some of the other stunning islands.

TRAIN Train travel is a great option, as you can reach Thurso and Aberdeen from numerous locations across Scotland, including Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Inverness to Thurso line is a particularly spectacular journey.

A little planning goes a long way to making the most of your Orkney time. All of the inhabited islands are well served by Orkney Ferries. If you’re travelling as a foot passenger, with or without a bike (bikes go free), there’s no need to book. Car travel should be pre-booked. orkneyferries.co.uk Inter-island flights are an amazing way to get a breathtaking view of the islands.

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Flights operate from Kirkwall airport to Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray and Papa Westray. The world’s shortest scheduled flight less than 2 minutes - hops from Westray to Papa Westray. So why not take to the skies - even for just a few memorable moments? loganair.co.uk

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WITH SO MUCH TO ENJOY, TIME SPENT IN ORKNEY IS ALWAYS PRECIOUS Whether it’s an annual family holiday, islandhopping adventure or cosy retreat, Orkney has so much to offer, you’ll wish you had just a little longer...

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HERE ARE JUST SOME OF OUR TOP TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT… HEART OF NEOLITHIC ORKNEY (1) The UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses Skara Brae, considered to be one of the best preserved Stone Age villages in Europe, the huge chambered cairn of Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar - Orkney’s largest henge and the Standing Stones of Stenness. ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL (2) Dominating Kirkwall’s skyline, St Magnus Cathedral is Britain’s most northerly cathedral. Construction began on this fine example of Romanesque architecture in 1137, and took over 300 years to complete.

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EARL’S PALACE & BISHOP’S PALACE These ruinous Renaissance style palaces are adjacent to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. These stunning examples of architecture offer a fascinating insight into our early modern heritage. BROCH OF GURNESS Located on the north west coast of the Mainland, Scotland’s best preserved broch offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of Orkney’s Iron Age dwellers.

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ITALIAN CHAPEL (3) This world famous landmark on the island of Lamb Holm was built by Italian prisoners of war out of two Nissen huts using their craftsmanship, creativity and the most basic of materials. THE PIER ARTS CENTRE, STROMNESS (4) The Pier Arts Centre houses an impressive collection of British fine art, works by island artists and visiting exhibitions. Situated in Stromness, Orkney’s second largest town is a thriving cultural community with the arts centre at its heart.


BROUGH OF BIRSAY (5) This uninhabited tidal island just off the north west coast of the Mainland is one of the best places in Orkney to see puffins and seals. Visitors can walk across at low tide, and explore the Norse settlement adjacent to the causeway.

HACKNESS MARTELLO TOWER AND BATTERY These mighty coastal defences were built on Hoy, to protect merchant shipping interests during the Napoleonic Wars. These rare and well-preserved military remains never saw action. MARWICK HEAD & THE KITCHENER MEMORIAL The cliffs of Marwick Head on the West Mainland offer some of the most breathtaking views in Orkney. This RSPB reserve is the largest seabird colony in Orkney, where up to 25,000 seabirds breed in just a one mile stretch of sandstone cliffs.

KNAP OF HOWAR On the beautiful island of Papa Westray, one of Orkney’s smallest islands, is the oldest standing house in North West Europe, with the first residents probably dating back 6,000 years.

MIDHOWE CAIRN Dating back over 5,000 years, this large stalled cairn is located on Rousay’s south west shoreline, adjacent to Midhowe Broch it has been preserved with a huge stone structure. THE BEACHES OF SANDAY (7) Sanday is the third largest of Orkney’s islands. Best known for its Neolithic history, stunning white sandy bays, rolling dunes and turquoise seas.

NOLTLAND CASTLE (6) Noltland Castle on Westray was built in the 16th century by Gilbert Balfour, a supporter of Mary Queen of Scots. VAT OF KIRBISTER This sea arch on Stronsay is the most spectacular in Orkney. Formed by the collapse of the roof of a large sea cave, the arch is around 35 feet across.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ORKNEY EXPERIENCE Why not pop into the Visitor Information Centre in Kirkwall to book tours, pick up leaflets and find out how to get the most from your Orkney experience?

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TOMB OF THE EAGLES This visitor centre offers a unique view of Mesolithic, Stone Age and Bronze Age Orkney. Located on a cliff edge at Isbister, at the southernmost tip of South Ronaldsay, the Tomb of the Eagles is one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites.


ANCIENT ORKNEY OUR LIVING HISTORY

With the UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Heart of Neolithic Orkney at its centre, Orkney allows you a close-up glimpse to a time when the islands were a thriving cultural and religious focal point. Its Neolithic houses, tombs and standing stones are some of the best preserved in Europe, and with so much active archaeology, every year brings fresh new insights. Regardless of whether you have a good knowledge of Neolithic history, a visit to Orkney will almost certainly awaken an interest in the lives and culture of the people who inhabited these islands thousands of years ago. On the west coast of the Mainland, Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing

Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe make up the World Heritage Site, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. These are the jewels in the crown, but the Orcadian landscape is dotted with archaeological sites, settlements and monuments that together tell a story of the lives of the people who first settled in

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Orkney, cultivating the land and enjoying the fruits of the sea. Skara Brae, considered to be the best preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe lies nestled into the landscape on the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Skaill. The village lay completely hidden under layers of sand for over 4,000 years.


Standing stones are a feature of the Orcadian landscape, with The Ring of Brodgar dominating the West Mainland. This iconic ring, standing as it does in a natural amphitheatre, is thought to have been a place of ritual and ceremony. Built between 2,500 and 2,000 BC, the huge circle today has 27 stones remaining, and the sheer scale and beauty cannot fail to take your breath away. Thought to be the world’s earliest standing stone circle, the Standing Stones of Stenness was probably in use as a ceremonial site around 3,100 BC. Smaller than its Brodgar neighbour, with only three of the 12 huge stones

originally making up the circle, still standing. The tomb of Maeshowe, standing towards the end of the Brodgar peninsula is the finest Neolithic burial chamber in Northern Europe. Constructed almost 5,000 years ago, this vast structure is aligned so that the setting sun illuminates the interior chamber around the winter solstice. We can only wonder at this powerful symbolism and the beliefs that drove its creation. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site represents

only a fraction of the vast array of prehistoric sites from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age that can be found across Orkney. From the Neolithic farmstead, the Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray, built about 3,500 BC, to the Stone of Setter, Orkney’s most iconic standing stone, on Eday and the Iron Age settlement, the Broch of Burrian, on North Ronaldsay, each corner of Orkney offers a glimpse into its rich heritage and into the lives of the people who made it their home, up to five thousand years ago.

MEET A LOCAL EXPERT Julie Gibson, County archaeologist “Remains of the ancient past are everywhere in Orkney. Over 1,000 years ago Viking settlers left behind their longhouses on the Brough of Birsay, and later built St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. 2,000 years ago, the great Iron Age brochs, Gurness and Midhowe were erected. The World Heritage sites are 5,000 years old and history is still being made at the Ness of Brodgar excavations each summer.”

Ness of Brodgar

Standing Stones of Stenness

Knap of Howar

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The Ness of Brodgar, an active archaeological site stretching over six acres, featured in the BBC series, Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney. Open during July and August, this site is changing our understanding of the Neolithic period and the ways of its people.


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REMINDERS OF HARDSHIP AND HEROISM Orkney’s landscape and seascape are today dotted with reminders of the crucial role the islands played in both World Wars, when Orkney’s population swelled by up to three times, as its strategic location made it of vital significance. Scapa Flow, one of the finest natural anchorages in the world, was home to the British Home Fleet throughout the First and Second World Wars. It witnessed the loss of many lives, including 834 with the sinking of HMS Royal Oak when the British battleship was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1939.

Today, a tour of the Ness Battery - just outside Stromness - shows its significance in defending Scapa Flow, and what life was like for its gun operators. Orkney’s most visited wartime landmark, the Italian Chapel, was created on the island of Lamb Holm by Italian prisoners of war, brought to Orkney to

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work on the construction of the Churchill Barriers in 1942. The Italians created the now world famous place of worship from two Nissen huts, joined together. Led by Domenico Chiocchetti, the chapel is a truly remarkable achievement, lovingly crafted from the most basic of materials.


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The Kitchener Memorial stands austere against the skyline at Marwick Head on the West Mainland. Erected in 1926, it commemorates the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916 with the loss of more than 650 lives, including the then Minister of War, Lord Kitchener. Orkney’s airspace was of equal significance to its waters in the Second World War when four military airfields were in operation. Today HMS Tern, with its distinctive control tower is open to visitors thanks to the work of the Birsay Heritage Trust.

MEET A LOCAL EXPERT Christine Muir, Italian Chapel visitor attraction “With so many well-preserved wartime landmarks across Orkney, visitors can get a real feel for what life was like for Orcadians, service men and women, and of course the prisoners of war. From the awe-inspiring Ness Battery to the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Chapel - powerful reminders of the vital role that Orkney played at that time.”

Gun batteries at Hoxa Head

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WAITING TO BE EXPLORED Why not discover more of Orkney? With around 70 islands, 16 of which are inhabited today, island hopping is a great way to experience the many different landscapes and communities that make up this wonderful archipelago. Away from the Mainland, the islands offer a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes, creating wonderful wildlife habitats, with each season offering a plethora of opportunities to enjoy native and visiting species. THE MAINLAND AND LINKED SOUTH ISLES The Mainland is the starting point for many Orkney adventures. The 12th Century St Magnus Cathedral and The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site are “must-sees”.

A drive across the Churchill Barriers brings you to the Italian Chapel and the Neolithic Tomb of The Eagles, perched on the cliffs of South Ronaldsay. HOY, GRAEMSAY & FLOTTA Orkney’s second largest island, Hoy, is perhaps most famous for its red sandstone sea stack The Old Man of Hoy, but it also boasts the stunning Rackwick beach. The green isle of Graemsay is almost traffic free, with only 30 residents. Flotta, lying as it does at the gateway to Scapa Flow, played

a significant part in both World Wars, and many military enthusiasts visit its historic sites. SHAPINSAY Just a 25 minute ferry crossing from Kirkwall, this green and fertile island is home to the RSPB reserve of Mill Dam - a must for those seeking to catch a glimpse of rare species, including the hen harrier. Balfour Castle and village with its many beautiful views, can be found in Shapinsay. It’s a lovely island to stroll or cycle around.

North Gaulton Castle

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Rackwick Beach


northernmost tip offering spectacular birdlife.

WESTRAY & PAPA WESTRAY With a rich choice of historical remains, from the world renowned Westray Wife (Scotland’s only Neolithic representation of human form) to the 16th Century Noltland Castle, the Pierowall Heritage Centre tells the tale of the island’s history. Wildlife abounds on Westray, with Noup Head RSPB Reserve & Lighthouse on the

EDAY The heart of the North Isles, Eday is just eight miles long. Its Heritage Walk encompasses prehistoric sites including the Vinquoy chambered tomb and The Stone of Setter - probably the finest stone of its type in Orkney.

The world’s shortest scheduled flight will take you to Papa Westray, where the Knap of Howar, North West Europe’s oldest standing house, was inhabited around 6,000 years ago. SANDAY With stunning white sandy beaches, an abundance of wildlife and archaeological sites, Sanday is the largest of Orkney’s North Isles. Visitors can enjoy the challenge of Sanday’s nine hole golf course as well as its swimming pool and fitness centre.

STRONSAY With its highest point at just 47 metres above sea level, it’s easy to get around Stronsay on foot or bike. Thousands of Grey seal pups can be seen throughout October and November. The island’s east coast is home to the dramatic Vat of Kirbister, Orkney’s most stunning natural sea arch and the cliff coast is ideal for spotting puffins and other sea-birds. NORTH RONALDSAY The most northerly of Orkney’s Outer Isles, many old traditions still prevail here. North Ronaldsay supports a rich and diverse population of wildflowers, mammals and birds including the island’s hardy breed of sheep that feed on the coastal seaweed, giving their meat a distinctive, gamey flavour.

YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT SAILINGS AND FLIGHTS TO THE INNER & OUTER ISLES AT THE KIRKWALL VISITOR CENTRE OR GO TO WWW.ORKNEYFERRIES.CO.UK AND WWW.LOGANAIR.CO.UK Rothiesholm beach, Stronsay

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Geramount, Sanday

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ROUSAY, EGILSAY & WYRE Even by Orkney standards, these three islands have an abundance of ancient remains. Rousay, ‘The Egypt of the North’, contains some of the best preserved ancient monuments in Northern Europe. Egilsay, where St Magnus was martyred, was an important destination for pilgrims, and today St Magnus Kirk is a rare example of the round towered churches built by the Vikings. The Viking stronghold, known as “Cubbie Roo’s Castle”on Wyre, built in 1145 by the great Kolbein Hruga, is a reminder of Orkney’s turbulent Viking past.


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LAND OR SEA, THE CHOICE IS YOURS Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, getting outdoors is a great way to discover the very best of Orkney. If you’re properly equipped, there’s nothing to stop you, whatever you choose to do on your visit. SHARE THE ENERGY #visitorkney #loveorkney

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On land, walking and cycling will get you closer to nature and allow you to really take in the beauty of the landscape as well as Orkney’s diverse and beautiful flora and fauna. Orkney’s clear waters are tantalising, with plentiful opportunities for sea-kayaking, surfing and windsurfing. From the earliest settlers, sailing has always been part of the Orkney lifestyle, and today sailors come to enjoy the excellent facilities and conditions around the islands. The summer racing season is a must for those who enjoy the added thrill of competition. Below the waves, Orkney waters offer experienced divers exciting locations to explore, including sunken wartime ships in Scapa Flow. Orkney’s fishing has attracted anglers for generations - with both loch and sea fishing on offer. Popular with anglers of all ages and abilities, the island’s inland lochs are well stocked with brown trout,

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and also promise a great day’s sport. Over 100 miles of sea trout shoreline is here to enjoy, or why not hire a boat and benefit from the skills and knowledge of a local skipper to ensure you get the very best from a day at sea? With red sandstone the most prevalent rock, and towering sea stacks, including temptations like the Old Man of Hoy, experienced climbers may consider taking on Orkney’s challenges, and for windsurfers, kite surfers and power kiters, Orkney is the perfect playground. Perhaps more leisurely but no less competitive, Orkney’s five golf courses offer a challenge for even the lowest handicappers. On the Mainland, Kirkwall and Stromness each offer 18 hole courses. To complete the set, some island hopping is needed - with nine hole courses in truly stunning locations on the islands of South Ronaldsay, Westray and Sanday.

MEET A LOCAL EXPERT John Fergusson, Writer of “Orkney: 40 Coast and Country Walks” “If you like being out of doors, you’ll love Orkney! From the top of Wideford Hill – just over an hour’s walk from the centre of Kirkwall – there’s a 360° view, and the islands are spread out below you like a mosaic. Each is full of interest, easily accessible and just waiting to be explored. Wonderful walks, beaches, wildlife, wrecks and so much archaeology you’re almost tripping over it! Whatever the season, Orkney’s a brilliant place to visit.”


SURROUNDED BY NATURE AT ITS FINEST Every season brings new delights to Orkney, with some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife visiting its fertile pastures and rich seas. From the delicate blooms of Primula scotica, to the power of hunting Orcas, Orkney’s wildlife cannot fail to inspire you.

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NATURAL ORKNEY


Orkney’s 600 miles of coastline, rich habitats and climate make it home to a multitude of wildlife, tempting visitors who want to catch a glimpse of native species, or those passing through on their incredible migratory journeys. Orkney’s wildlife calendar is filled all year round, from the early days of spring as vast colonies of seabirds start to congregate on the sea cliffs to nest and those that have wintered in Orkney’s temperate climes prepare to return north to the Arctic. Inland, spring brings frolicking lambs and boxing brown hares. Through the longer days of summer, seabirds including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills nurture their young while perched on the sea cliffs. Wetlands team with native wildflowers and wading birds, and the ancient moorlands are the natural habitat of short-eared owls, hen harriers and red-throated divers. Out to sea, dolphins, minke whales, orcas and even

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basking sharks can sometimes be spotted, whilst Common seal pups are in evidence on coastal rocks and shallower waters. The very rare Scottish primrose (Primula scotica), can be found flowering on maritime heathland on Papa Westray, Westray, the Mainland and Hoy in May and July. Autumn in Orkney sees the arrival of thousands of migrating birds, from Barnacle geese and Whooper swans to Slavonian grebes. Out to sea, whales, porpoises and dolphins pass by en route to warmer waters, and with 15% of the world’s Grey seal pups born in Orkney, the pupping beaches are alive with activity. As days draw short, our night skies can be filled with dazzling displays of colour - the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The temperate climate means that wetlands and moorlands remain home to many species of birds, with the hen harrier forming communal roosts at favourite sites on the Mainland.

What to look out for through the Orkney year: SPRING Hen harriers Short-eared owls Seabird colonies Brown hares SUMMER Puffins Dolphins Orcas Scottish primrose Wildflower meadows AUTUMN Slavonian grebe Grey seal pups Barnacle geese Whooper swans Redwings Porpoises WINTER Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) Wading birds Mountain hares


MEET A LOCAL EXPERT Raymond Besant, Wildlife cameraman & photographer “The secret to Orkney’s natural year is the sheer diversity of its islands, each offering the opportunity to see incredible wildlife. Spring sees hen harriers displaying over vast moorland whilst sea eagles soar above the hills of Hoy. Pick out the Scottish primrose on a summer coastal walk before marvelling at the puffins on the cliffs below. The beaches are alive with activity in autumn as Grey seals come ashore to pup.”

Orkney has been farmed for thousands of years, and today its agricultural shows are important events in the summer calendar, attracting locals and visitors alike. Orkney’s beef, lamb and dairy produce is of such quality that they have achieved protected name status, under European law. Agricultural shows are important dates in the community calendar, with fierce competition for prizes. The shows are also great spectacles and offer visitors the chance to sample local produce while enjoying

exhibits of arts and crafts, dog trials, show jumping and other attractions. Shows are held in Sanday, the East Mainland, Shapinsay, South Ronaldsay and Burray and Dounby, with competition culminating at the Orkney County Show, held in Kirkwall, the highlight of the farming calendar, attracting thousands of visitors every August.

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A FOOD LOVER’S PARADISE With its lush, fertile land and rich waters, Orkney’s artisan producers create a wonderful larder to enhance your stay. With its farming heritage and rich, abundant seas, Orkney offers an array of the very best quality, locally sourced food and drink. From succulent Scottish beef raised on the lush Orkney grassland and North Ronaldsay lamb - famous for its flavour derived from its diet of seaweed, found on

the shores of the island, to the very freshest of seafood, sustainably caught in the clear blue Orkney waters, and brought to shore using traditional methods, Orkney’s larder is second to none. Orkney has its own quality mark - a Taste Of Orkney. Traditional bakeries use beremeal, flour ground from

bere, a type of barley that has been grown in Orkney since 1,500 BC to create delicious bread, oatcakes and shortbread. Generations of Orcadians have been raised on ‘bere bannocks’. Orkney’s only working water mill, Barony Mill mills bere through the winter months and is open to visitors throughout the summer.

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FOR DETAILS ABOUT LOCAL FOOD & PRODUCE www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com


Distilling has been a part of Orkney life for generations and today the islands boast both whisky and gin distilleries. Highland Park is the older of the two whisky distilleries, beginning life as an illegal still in the 1790s on a hill outside Kirkwall. In 1885 the Scapa Distillery was established and today both produce whiskies of worldwide renown.

A more recent addition to Orkney are gin distilleries Deerness Distillery Ltd and Orkney Distilling Ltd. They offer an Orcadian twist to their gins, using locally sourced botanicals. The award winning Orkney cheddar is a favourite of chefs and cheese lovers alike due to its unique flavour and texture and Orkney ice cream also derives its rich creamy flavour

from the lush grasslands on which Orkney’s dairy herds graze through the long summer months. Local produce is available from many of the islands independent shops, where staff will be happy to advise and perhaps offer you a taste before you buy. Look out for local produce in restaurants and cafes to get a real taste of Orkney.

MEET A LOCAL EXPERT Rosemary Moon, Food writer “Orkney truly is a cook’s paradise... Year-round there is produce to inspire! My personal favourites to date? Rib boil, buffalo and North Ronaldsay mutton; the salmon, scallops, crab and mackerel; beremeal for baking; the ruby red rhubarb: the beers, gins and whiskies. Come and taste it for yourself!”

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The Orkney Distillery

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Today, brewing is alive and thriving in Orkney, with two craft breweries - the Orkney Brewery and Swannay Brewery. Both breweries use traditional methods to brew a selection of traditional, flavoursome craft brewed ales.


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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 water wheel and learn about Orkney’s unique and health-giving flour.

Deerness Distillery, Orkney’s first distillery in over 130 years welcomes you to the beautiful East Mainland. Here you can experience awardwinning artisan spirits, partake in a bespoke tour and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Booking is essential.

Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LY T: 01856 721439 miller@baronymill.com www.baronymill.com

Newall, Deerness, Orkney KW17 2QJ T: 01856 741264 info@deernessdistillery.com www.deernessdistillery.com

OPENING TIMES MAY - SEP Mon-Sun 11.00am-4.30pm Guided tours (approx 45 minutes) £3.50 for adults, with under sixteens free of charge

OPENING TIMES MAR - SEP Tues-Sun 11.30am-5.00pm OCT - DEC Phone for opening hours. Tours by appointment. £10 per person

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Flett’s family run butcher shop prides itself in bringing prime Orkney beef, pork and lamb to your table. Also speciality black and white puddings, haggis, flavoured and traditional sausages and burgers, marinades, stir fry and gluten free products.

Our cosy eatery in the heart of Evie village serves locally sourced produce and home cooked food; fresh sourdough bread baked on the premises, delicious sourdough pizza stonebaked in our pizza oven served with delicious toppings with an authentic European flavour.

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Eviedale, Evie, Orkney KW17 2PJ T: 01856 751714 info@eviedale-cottages.co.uk www.eviedale-cottages.co.uk

NON ACCOMMODATION LISTING Orkney KW16 3AD T: 01856 850309 enquiries@eflettbutcher.co.uk www.eflettbutcher.co.uk

OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Mon-Fri 7.00am-5.00pm Sat 7.00am-4.30pm

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LYNNFIELD HOTEL

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Opening times vary, please check our website or social media

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Experience and savour another side of island life, enhance your food and drink knowledge and soak up a day of flavours. You can meet awarding winning producers, sample Orkney’s finest offerings and let us do all the driving in our eco friendly electric van.

Small country-house style hotel offering fine dining amongst antiques and whisky memorabilia. Begin in our panelled lounge, then savour specialities such as North Ronaldsay mutton, local shellfish and steaks. Finish with malts from our selection of over 400.

Cleatfurrows, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T: 01856 721761 enquiries@jporkney.co.uk www.jporkney.co.uk

Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU T: 01856 872505 office@lynnfield.co.uk www.lynnfieldhotel.com

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OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Fully electric van, seats maximum of 6. Prices are fully inclusive of tastings, samples and gift bag.

OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Mon-Sun Lunch 12.00pm-1.45pm Dinner 6.00pm-8.30pm


To make the most of your time in Orkney, why not take a look at orkney.com? It is packed with up to date information, including lots of things to see and do during your visit to the islands, no matter what time of year you’re planning your trip.

You’ll find lots about Orkney’s packed calendar of events, with details of what’s on month by month. With plenty of information, including ticket prices and venues, there’s no need to miss out on Orkney’s wonderful events - from lively community gatherings to internationally acclaimed festivals.

And while we’re talking digital, why not get the best of Orkney straight to your inbox? Our monthly newsletter is packed with news and information on all things Orkney. Simply complete the sign-up on the ‘Contact Us’ page, and we’ll do the rest.

FOR UP TO THE MINUTE EVENT LISTINGS VISIT

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CREATIVE ORKNEY

TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES Creative people and craft producers have long found inspiration in Orkney’s distinctive land and seascapes. Today the islands are a thriving centre of creativity with native Orcadians and more recent arrivals using a blend of traditional and new skills to create a wonderful variety of items including jewellery, furniture, paintings, pottery and textiles. Orkney is home to some of the most talented of Scottish designers and craftspeople. From its traditional roots amongst crofters, arts and crafts is a flourishing industry

and has evolved to become an important part of the Orkney experience. From handmade jewellery - often made with precious stones and enamels that

reflect the wonderful Orkney hues - to beautifully textured knitwear, pottery and textiles, traditional and contemporary paintings, and handcrafted furniture that

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One of the best ways to enjoy Orkney’s rich arts and crafts offer, and to meet many of the people who take their inspiration from the unique landscapes and seascapes, is to follow the Creative Trail. This trail leads you to craft workshops where you can talk to the makers, and understand their inspirations and how their products are made - many using traditional techniques. Look out for the brown roadside signs across the islands, or download the latest brochure from creative-orkney.com

The Pier Arts Centre in the centre of Stromness houses an impressive collection of British fine art which was donated by philanthropist Margaret Gardiner, including works by Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. In addition there are works by Orcadian artists and a year

round programme of visiting exhibitions and events. The iconic building won the Andrew Doolan Award for the Best Building in Scotland 2007. Many of the islands’ independent shops and galleries also feature locally made arts and crafts, including some that have become world renowned brands.

MEET A LOCAL EXPERT Isla Holloway, Visitor Services & Communication Officer, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness “There is a thriving artistic community in our islands and it’s not difficult to see why Orkney is an inspiration for artists, makers and writers. As well as those living in Orkney, many artists travel to Orkney for a creative holiday. If you prefer to look at the art rather than to make it, between the myriad of local artists, craftspeople and makers, and the museums and art galleries throughout the county, there is something here to suit everyone’s artistic tastes.”

Sheila Fleet Jewellery

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Orkney Hand Crafted Furniture

FOR CRAFT WORKSHOP OPENINGS TIMES www.creative-orkney.com

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feature skills handed down through generations, Orkney’s creativity will inspire and delight.


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Visit the shop in Dounby for an impressive selection of Made-in-Orkney products. Supplied by over 100 local Artists and Craftspeople and regularly described as a “treasure trove” with something for every taste, this shop is a ‘must visit’ to add to your itinerary. Rose Cottage, Dounby Orkney KW17 2HT T: 01856 771376 castaway_crafts@hotmail.com www.castawaycrafts.co.uk

OPENING TIMES MAY - SEP Mon-Fri 10.00am-6.00pm Sat 10.00am-4.00pm Sun 12.00pm-4.00pm OCT - APR Mon 11.00am-5.00pm Tue-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm Sat 11.00am-4.00pm

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The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness houses a remarkable collection of 20th Century British & contemporary art including key works by Barbara Hepworth & Ben Nicholson among others. The Centre also curates a changing programme of local, national & international exhibitions. 28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA T: 01856 850209 info@pierartscentre.com www.pierartscentre.com

OPENING TIMES JUN - AUG Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.00pm SEP - MAY Tues-Sat 10.30am-5.00pm Admission Free

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AMAZING EXPERIENCES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Each season brings new delights to Orkney - whenever you choose to visit, you’ll find a warm welcome awaits. SHARE THE LIGHT #visitorkney #loveorkney

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Mild days mix with chillier ones, so be prepared with suitable clothing to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather. It’s a great time to see rare birds and even migrating whales and porpoise. October is the time to spot adorable Grey seal pups, particularly at the Brough of Birsay and the islands of South Ronaldsay, Rousay and the outer isles.

Orkney’s vast skies are incredible at any time of the year, but now spectacular sunsets offer a breathtaking end to the day. On particularly clear nights, Orkney is one of the best places in the UK to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. This amazing spectacle is caused by charged particles accelerated into the Earth’s upper atmosphere along magnetic field lines. Those lucky enough to visit in mid-winter can see how Orkney’s Neolithic inhabitants built the vast burial tomb of Maeshowe so that during the shortest days of winter, around the winter solstice, shafts of light from the setting sun descend a narrow entrance passage,

illuminating the main chamber - a truly remarkable feat of engineering. Enjoying the festive period in Orkney is a delight. Christmas and New Year celebrations include the Ba’, a mass street ball game held in Kirkwall, attracting a huge and noisy crowd. As winter gives way to the first signs of spring, the Orkney year starts over again, bringing new life to the fields, skies, seas and moorlands.

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If you’re looking to get away from it all, Orkney has lots to offer, regardless of the season. As summer turns to autumn, Orkney’s colour palette changes along with its pace of life. Autumn brings a quieter time, with fewer visitors, but just as much to enjoy, so take your time and soak up the season.


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YEAR-ROUND CELEBRATIONS Orkney’s festival scene brings colour and excitement throughout the year. From long summer days of fun, to autumn’s eagerly anticipated story-telling, the islands’ festivals bring communities and visitors together to enjoy local, national and international talent.

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Held in May, the Orkney Folk Festival attracts a world-class line-up of artists, and visitors travel from far and wide to venues throughout Orkney. Also in May, the Orkney Nature Festival attracts wildlife enthusiasts to take part in a variety of events including snorkelling, photography and spectacular wildlife cruises.

2019 also sees the return of Orkney’s popular Garden Festival, with gardens throughout the islands open to the public. Perhaps Orkney’s most unusual festival is the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival. Launched in 2016, volunteers from across the globe come to the island to help with the annual task of maintaining and rebuilding the dykes that keep the sheep on the shore. The St Magnus International Festival, held in June, attracts orchestras, musicians, theatre and dance companies and writers from around the world, as the festival draws audiences to venues across the islands.

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Stromness Shopping Week, one of Orkney’s longest established events, takes place in July. The week sees a programme of activities and celebrations enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. In September, the week-long Orkney International Science Festival draws visitors and presenters from across the world. September also sees music lovers arriving for Orkney’s Rock and Blues festivals, closely followed by the Storytelling Festival in October.

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Festivals have long been a feature of Orkney life and today those traditions remain strong, with celebrations throughout the year. A key part of Orkney’s rich culture, festivals and celebrations offer visitors and Orcadians alike an opportunity to come together to enjoy the very best of island life.

In the winter months celebrations continue, with ‘The Ba’ - filling Kirkwall’s streets on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Accounts of this mass ball game begin in the 1800s, though it is believed the tradition is much older.

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BISHOP’S AND EARL’S PALACE

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Step inside the spectacular ruins of a remarkable residence in the heart of Kirkwall. The Bishop’s PalaceACCOMMODATION was built in the 1100’s at about the same NON LISTING time as St Magnus Cathedral.

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Watergate, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PD T: 01856 871918 www.historicenvironment. scot/bishops-and-earlspalaces

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm Adult £6.00 Child £3.60 Concession £4.80

BROUGH OF BIRSAY

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Cross the causeway to explore a tidal island that was a place of local and perhaps regional importance, first for the Picts and later for Norse NON ACCOMMODATION LISTING settlers.

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Tidal island at Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T: 01856 841815 www.historicenvironment. scot/brough-of-birsay

OPENING TIMES JUN - SEP Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm Adult £6.00 Child £3.60 Concession £4.80 (tides permitting)

THE ITALIAN CHAPEL

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BROCH OF GURNESS

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Explore an icon of Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage. This impressive Iron Age complex is one of the most outstanding examples of a later prehistoric settlement. Aikerness, Evie, Orkney KW17 2NH T: 01856 751414 www.historicenvironment. scot/broch-of-gurness

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm Adult £6.00 Child £3.60 Concession £4.80

HACKNESS MARTELLO TOWER

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These defensive installations are remarkable remnants of war. They were built in 1813-14 to protect British convoys during the Napoleonic Wars and adapted during later conflicts. SE end of Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PQ T: 01856 701727 www.historicenvironment. scot/hackness-martello-tower

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm Adult £6.00 Child £3.60 Concession £4.80

MAESHOWE CHAMBERED CAIRN

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Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe. This chambered tomb is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney’s people some 5,000 years ago. Ireland Road, Stenness, Orkney KW16 3LB T: 01856 851266 www.historicenvironment. scot/maeshowe

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 10.00am-5.00pm OCT - MAR Mon-Sun 10.00am-4.00pm Adult £9.00 Child / Conc £5.40 / £7.20 Advance booking required

Built by the 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. Lambholm, Orkney KW17 2SF T: 01856 781580 orkneyitalianchapel@ gmail.com www.italianchapel.co.uk

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THE ORKNEY EXPERIENCE

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Orkney’s only Optical Illusion attraction. Bring a camera and dress like a Viking or be caught by Cubbie Roo the giant – there’s lots to do. Fun for all ages, family friendly & wheelchair accessible. 14 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AB T: 01856 988944 d.odonnell412@btinternet.com www.theorkneyexperience. co.uk

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm Sun 10.00am-5.00pm OCT - MAR Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm Admission fees apply. All day ticket.


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Building the Churchill Barriers exhibition, local heritage & geology galleries and an intriguing collection of fossils from Orkney and around the world. Gift Shop & Café. Viewforth, Burray, Orkney KW17 2SY T: 01856 731255 info@orkneyfossilcentre.co.uk www.orkneyfossilcentre.co.uk

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 10.00am-5.00pm Adult £4.75 Child £3.20 Concession £3.20 Under 5’s Free Family (of 4) £13.75

ORKNEY WIRELESS MUSEUM

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Take a walk back through the glory days of radio. Taste the atmosphere of a bygone age. See the wartime displays with a Spitfire set and a U-Boat NON ACCOMMODATION LISTING radio.

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Kiln Corner, Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LB T: 01856 871400 macdonald762@btinternet.com www.orkneywirelessmuseum. org.uk

SKAILL HOUSE

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.30pm Sun 2.30pm-4.30pm Adult £3.00 Student £1.00 Child £1.00

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Orkney’s only PADI Dive Centre. 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 are also available. Lifeboat House, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA T: 01856 851218 diving@scapascuba.co.uk www.scapascuba.co.uk

STROMNESS MUSEUM

OPENING TIMES MAY - SEP Mon-Fri 11.00am-6.00pm Sat-Sun 4.00pm-5.30pm OCT - APR Mon-Fri 11.00am-5.00pm

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Overlooking the spectacular Bay of Skaill, Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of the man who discovered Skara Brae in 1850. Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR T: 01856 841501 info@skaillhouse.co.uk www.skaillhouse.co.uk

OPENING TIMES APR - SEP Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm OCT Mon-Sun 10.00am-4.00pm Admission via a joint ticket with Skara Brae

SKARA BRAE PREHISTORIC VILLAGE ooooo B8 Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe’s best preserved prehistoric settlements. From 1st Apr to 31st Oct, ticket includes access to Skaill House. Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR T: 01856 841815 www.historicenvironment. scot/skara-brae

OPENING TIMES APR - OCT Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm NOV - MAR Mon-Sun 10.00am-4.00pm Adult £9.00 Child £5.40 Concession £7.20

Orkney maritime and natural history collections from the Victorian period to present. Scuttled German Fleet; Hudson’s Bay Company; Orcadian explorers John Rae and Balfour Baikie; antiquarian archaeological collections. 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney KW17 3DH T: 01856 850025 custodian@ stromnessmuseum.co.uk www.stromnessmuseum.co.uk

OPENING TIMES APR - OCT Daily 10.00am-5.00pm NOV - MAR Daily 11.00am-3.30pm Check notices and website for up-to-date events. Admission charge applies.

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CRAIGIE’S TAXIS

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Established in 1965, now Orkney’s largest taxi company. Based in central Kirkwall, we pride ourselves in offering the ultimate dependable, reliable service. Opening times may vary. 58 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AG T: 01856 878787 craigiestaxis@hotmail.com www.craigiestaxis.co.uk

ROUSAY TOURS

OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Weekdays: 6.00am-1.00am Weekends: 24 hours

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A comprehensive, six hour, guided tour of the stunning island of Rousay, encompassing history, archaeology, wildlife, scenic views and island living; not to be missed! Sinyan, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T: 01856 821234 patrick_maguire@hotmail.co.uk www.rousaytours.co.uk

OPENING TIMES MAY - SEP Mon-Sun 10.30am-6.00pm OCT - APR Mon-Sat 10.30am-6.00pm Cost £35.00pp Private tours on request

The Community Bus is used on a hail & 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). Revenge Naval Hall, Longhope, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PG T: 01856 701356 bus.iohdt@gmail.com www.hoyorkney.com/ travel/community-bus

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ISLAND TOURS OF HOY

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Your resident guide offers a warm welcome to the Island of Hoy, the second largest isle in Orkney. Hoy is unique and very different from the Mainland and other isles. Tour the vertical cliffs, swathes of wilderness, abundance of wildlife and long history.

Transport and tourist guiding services. We are a coach, bus and minibus company providing transport for private tours, weddings, school trips, cruise liner excursions and much more. We have wheelchair accessible vehicles and Orkney Green Badge Guides available.

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18 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AB T: 01856 871536 hires@octocic.co.uk www.orkneycommunities. co.uk/octo

NON ACCOMMODATION LISTING Longhope, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PG T: 0788 799 5730 ness.longhope@gmail.com www.islandtourshoy.com

OPENING TIMES APR - OCT Thurs only Maxi Tour £59.00 (Full Day) Standard Tour £49.00 (3/4 Day) Private tours available on other days

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OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Our vehicles range from 15 seat wheelchair accessible minibuses to 53 seat touring coaches.

WESTRAAK TOURS

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Experience your own private guided tour with Lorna or Carrie, we are a mother and daughter team. As native Orcadians we love to share our beautiful Islands, not only the scenery but our Ancient, Norse and Wartime History including Orkney today.

Minibus tour of the island of Westray with local guides featuring archaeology, history, wildlife and beautiful scenery as well as a home cooked lunch. Separate evening puffin tours also available. Please contact us for more information. Find us on TripAdvisor.

Grobust, 2 Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UH T: 01856 870635 info@see-orkney.co.uk www.see-orkney.co.uk

The Old Manse, Pierowall, Westray, Orkney KW17 2DH T: 01857 677777 info@westraak.co.uk www.westraak.co.uk

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OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Daily 8.00am-8.00pm

OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Contact Andy & Karen Mobile: 0779 321 6922


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HOW TO READ THE ACCOMMODATION LISTINGS

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Map reference Find the actual location of the property by checking the grid reference on the map located on page 89 of the guide

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Kenila Bed & Breakfast A warm Orcadian welcome awaits you. Situated in rolling countryside with magnificent views over the nearby Harray Loch and distant hills of Hoy. Ideal base for fishing, bird watching and many historic sites. Extensive breakfast menu.

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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 page 89.

GREEN TOURISM Businesses that work in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way are graded: Bronze Silver Gold VISITSCOTLAND TASTE OUR BEST Our food and drink quality scheme ensures that you’ll enjoy Scottish food and drink of exceptional quality.

Costs and capacity

VISITSCOTLAND WELCOME SCHEMES D Walkers C Cyclists ∂ Anglers º Classic cars ª Children z Groups π Bikers Ω Field sports √ Golfers µ Ancestral

VISITSCOTLAND STAR RATING o An acceptable standard oo A good all round standard ooo Very good standard with attention to detail in every area oooo Excellent - superb food where provided and friendly, professional service ooooo An exceptional standard where quality, hospitality and service are hard to fault

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farm/croft , Pets accepted by arrangement G Garden for residents’ use Ä Packed lunches by arrangement É Building of historic/ literary/architectural interest S Special diets catered for on request u Passenger lift A Children’s play area . Ground floor bedrooms available E Assistance dogs welcome ü Short breaks available H Hairdryer available L Bed linen provided on request - free or hire T Towels provided on request - free or hire ) Non-smoking establishment

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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 whatever reason, the proprietor generally has the right to ask for compensation.

Online bookings are also subject to terms and conditions so always check prior to booking.

information received from the relevant advertisers. Please note that prices include VAT where applicable and are for your guidance only (VAT as at Nov 2017). Please check prices when you book accommodation and confirm exactly what the quoted price includes.

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

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SMOKING Orkney’s public places including pubs, restaurants and cafes are smoke free by law, creating a healthier and fresher environment for residents and visitors to our beautiful islands.

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Wattle Road, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LS T: 01856 721327 info@baronyhotel.com www.baronyhotel.com

Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HT T: 01856 771215 info@smithfieldhotel.co.uk www.smithfieldhotel.co.uk

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Barony Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Single Family run hotel on the edge of Boardhouse Loch. Near 3 excellent Double HOTELS GUESTHOUSE / B&B bird reserves/and 4 other trout Twin fishing lochs and close to many Family archaeological sites. Restaurant/ Ensuite bar serving local produce on the evening menu. (Bookings required)

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Longhope, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PA T: 01856 701494 stromabankhotelhoy@gmail.com www.stromabank.co.uk

Loch Harray, Orkney KW17 2LF T: 01856 771366 merkisterhotel@gmail.com www.merkister.com

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Merkister Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Single THE perfect base for fishing, walking, birding, relaxing and Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE / B&B enjoying Orkney. Family run, Twin standing on the Banks of Loch Ensuite Harray. Conservatory, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, Residents Lounge & Lovely Gardens. Bed & Breakfast from £30 Out Of Season.

HOTELS & INNS

Stromabank Hotel (3) £70-£95 pppn (6) £65-£115 pppn (6) £65-£115 pppn (15)

Stromabank Hotel is a small family run hotel on Hoy with panoramic views over the Pentland Firth towards mainland Scotland. We use fresh local produce as much as possible to serve up wholesome affordable food.

Single £60-£75 pppn Double (2) £90-£100 prpn Twin (3) £90-£100 prpn Ensuite (5)

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RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS

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At the Foveran you can enjoy comfortable accommodation and good food from the freshest local ingredients in a relaxed and modern setting with spectacular sea views across historic Scapa Flow.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Foveran Restaurant with Rooms

HOTEL

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Kirkwall Hotel (3) £70-£85 prpn (3) £120-£125 prpn (2) £125 prpn (8)

Ideally situated in the heart of the historic town of Kirkwall facing Kirkwall Harbour, The Kirkwall Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Orkney Isles - we seek to deliver memorable experiences. Please call for pricing.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC Single Small country house style hotel looking northwards over Kirkwall Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE Bay and the isles beyond. Relax and / B&B Twin enjoy their open fires, antiques, Ensuite Jacuzzis, locally sourced seafood, North Ronaldsay mutton, great wines & not to mention - over 400 malts! DC

The Orkney Hotel (1) £100-£120 prpn (6) £130-£170 prpn (3) £130-£140 prpn (10)

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We welcome guests to the historic heart of Kirkwall, where fresh local cuisine meets friendly Orcadian hospitality. Let us tempt you with over 900 malt whiskies and over 150 gins in our newly refurbished Royal Cask Bar. Free parking & Wi-Fi.

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Shore Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LG T: 01856 872200 info@theshore.co.uk www.theshore.co.uk

OPEN: FEB - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC Single For a peaceful overnight stay on Kirkwall’s historic waterfront, Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE / B&B take a room and dine with us Twin at The Shore. With an a la carte Family restaurant, we provide a haven for Ensuite those in the islands to work and heaven for those to holiday.

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The Shore ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU T: 01856 872505 office@lynnfield.co.uk www.lynnfield.co.uk

Lynnfield Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

HOTEL

The Taversoe (3) (10) (2) (2) (17)

£50-£92 prpn £85-£128 prpn £85-£128 prpn £105-£158 prpn

The Taversoe is situated on the island of Rousay, offering magnificent sea views towards the Orkney Mainland. We have a public bar, four en-suite bedrooms and a small established restaurant serving quality meals.

Sgl £40-£45 prpn Double (3) £80-£95 prpn Twin (1) £85-£95 prpn Ensuite (4)

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HOTELS & INNS Kettletoft, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2BJ T: 01857 600206 thebelsairorkney@gmail.com www.thebelsairorkney.co.uk

In a perfect location next to Kettletoft Harbour, we are ideally based to explore our beautiful island. Warm and friendly Orcadian welcome with fresh cooked food and real Orkney Ales. 4 bedroom self-catering house also available.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Belsair Hotel

SMALL HOTEL

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Standing Stones Hotel Single (1) £35-£45 pppn Double (2) £35-£45 pppn Twin (1) £35-£45 pppn Family (1) £90-£110 prpn Ensuite (3) Private facilities (1)

If you are looking for accommodation which offers comfort and relaxation in abundance, stay at The Standing Stones Hotel and we guarantee you will enjoy a very memorable holiday in Orkney. Ideally located between Kirkwall and Stromness.

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10 John Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AD T: 01856 850280 info@ferryinn.com www.ferryinn.com

HOTEL

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: MAR - OCT

The Ferry Inn ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Stromness Hotel

Single (3) £50-£95 prpn Situated on the harbour front in Orkney’s gateway port, The Double (7) £85-£145 prpn HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE / B&B Ferry Inn provides an ideal base Twin (4) £85-£135 prpn for business or leisure stays, Family (6) £105-£168 prpn great all day food and a cracking Ensuite (19) community bar. Private facilities (1)

Overlooking the picturesque harbour and Scapa Flow, we provide comfortable rooms and use the finest Orkney produce in our restaurant. The bars are stocked with local award winning beers and malt whiskies. There is a lift to all floors.

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Harray, Orkney KW17 2LE T: 01856 771431 Sheila@kenila.com www.kenila.com

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£55-£75 prpn £90-£120 prpn £90-£120 prpn £144-£173 prpn

BED & BREAKFAST Craigiefield Road, St Ola, Orkney KW15 1UJ T: 01856 876786 ardconnel@hotmail.co.uk www.bed-and-breakfastkirkwall.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Kenila Bed & BreakfastLISTING ACCOMMODATION

Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Ardconnel Bed & Breakfast Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

£70 pppn (1) £90 prpn (1) £90 prpn (1) £90-£130 prpn (3)

Single (1) £32-£37 pppn A warm Orcadian welcome awaits you. Situated in rolling countryside Double (1) £32-£37 pppn HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE with magnificent views over the / B&B Family (1) £32-£37 pppn nearby Harray Loch and distant hills Ensuite (2) of Hoy. Ideal base for fishing, bird Private facilities (1) watching and many historic sites. Extensive breakfast menu.

Ardconnel is a modern spacious family run Bed & Breakfast situated 1 mile to the east of Kirkwall surrounded by open countryside with superb views over the Kirkwall Harbour and over Kirkwall Bay. Bikers welcome, garage facilities.

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Berstane Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NA T: 01856 873759 hightoft@gmail.com www.hightoft.co.uk

Carness Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UE T: 01856 872306 info@bellavistaorkney.co.uk www.bellavistaorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

High Toft B&B

Bellavista Guest House Quiet location, sea views across Kirkwall Bay. Downstairs rooms available. Breakfast includes dairy/ gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Guest laundry facilities available. Free WiFi and large private car park.

Single £45-£65 pppn Double (3) £30-£40 pppn Twin (4) £30-£40 pppn Family (1) £30-£40 pppn Ensuite (7) Private facilities (1)

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We refurbished the bed and breakfast accommodation in 2017 and are delighted with the results. We hope you will be, too! With two letting rooms and a comfortable TV lounge we are ready to welcome guests to our home.

Double (1) £40-£60 pppn Twin (1) £45-£70 pppn Ensuite (1) Private facilities (1)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: APR - OCT

Highland Park House LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Polrudden Guest House

Single (1) £60-£70 prpn Family run bed and breakfast in a spectacular mansion full of Double (4) £90-£130 prpn HOTELSitems / GUESTHOUSE / B&B interesting and period Twin (1) £110-£130 prpn furnishings. Ideal touring Ensuite (3) base close to Kirkwall and the Private facilities (1) Highland Park Distillery. Delicious breakfasts cooked to order and spacious rooms.

Polrudden is situated in a quiet, peaceful area of Kirkwall with a short walk to restaurants, sports facilities and town centre. Linda’s breakfasts, using local produce will set you up for the day to explore the sights Orkney has to offer.

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Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PY T: 01856 877177 info@stayinkirkwall.co.uk www.stayinkirkwall.co.uk

£70-£75 prpn (1) £75-£80 prpn (4) £75-£80 prpn (2) £90-£100 prpn (7)

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Scapa House Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

£55-£64 pppn (3) £40-£42 pppn (3) £40-£42 pppn (2) Price on request (8)

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Orcadian family home in a rural location next to Scapa Distillery and a short walk to Scapa beach. Only 2 miles from Kirkwall town centre, St Magnus Cathedral and the many shops and restaurants. Tours arranged in classic cars or minibus.

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BED & BREAKFAST Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RB T: 01856 811470 richardclubley@hotmail.com www.carlinskerry.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Carlin Skerry Bed & Breakfast

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Single Double Twin Ensuite

Single £40-£45 pppn Double (2) £80-£90 prpn Twin (1) £80-£90 prpn Family £80-£90 prpn Ensuite (3)

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Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633200 alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk www.nrbo.co.uk

We offer comfortable, solar and wind powered island accommodation, with birdwatching and natural history activities. Half Board is available to our guests and we also have a fully licenced bar. Additional hostel rooms and camping available.

Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SE T: 01856 874639 bs.wylie39@btinternet.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Royal Oak Guest House The Royal Oak Guest House is a family run, modern, custom-built property, all with en-suite rooms. Conveniently located in the heart of Kirkwall, making it ideal for both business & pleasure. Guest have the use of the kitchen and lounge.

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Rosebank, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SU T: 01856 876077 info@artistsholidaysorkney.co.uk www.highlandparkhouseorkney.co.uk

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GUEST HOUSE

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Situated half way between the towns of Kirkwall and Stromness, Carlin Skerry overlooks historic Scapa Flow and Orkney’s hills. Guests have exclusive use of a comfortable lounge/dining room with panoramic views and its own front door.

Double (1) £75 prpn Twin (1) £75 prpn Ensuite (2)

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ORPHIR D10

BED & BREAKFAST

STENNESS C10

GUEST HOUSE

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Scorradale Road, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF T: 01856 811268 margaretclouston@btinternet.com www.scorralee.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Scorralee Bed & Breakfast ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Button-Ben Guest House

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Enjoy a warm Orcadian welcome at Scorralee. This modern bungalow CATERING isSELF situated in an elevated position overlooking the famous anchorage of Scapa Flow. An ideal base for a great holiday experience and for touring the Mainland & Outer Isles.

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Enjoy dazzling views over the Bay of Ireland. We are close to archaeological sites and only 4 miles from Stromness. Relax in our spacious rooms with king-size beds and home bakes. Enjoy a hearty breakfast using locally sourced produce.

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Stenness Orkney KW16 3HA T: 01856 850136 info@millofeyrland.com www.millofeyrland.com

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Beautifully converted water mill with maintained workings creating SELF accommodation. CATERING Lovely unique garden and mill burn surroundings. Three miles from Stromness and close to archaeological sites. Central Location. Orkney Mainland.

Single (1) £35-£45 pppn Double (3) £35-£45 pppn Twin (1) £35-£45 pppn Family (2) £35-£45 pppn Ensuite (6) Private facilities (1)

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This refurbished 19th century stone cottage retains much of its original character. Situated in a scenic location overlooking Marwick Bay and close to a RSPB reserve. Short breaks available.

Marwick, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2ND T: 0774 331 9978 anne.dunmore@icloud.com www.corksorkney.com

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Per week £400-£600 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING Northside, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LU T: 01856 771281 info@grukaltyorkneyselfcatering .co.uk www.grukaltyorkneyselfcatering .co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Corks Corks is a stone built cottage in a spectacular location with views over the island and to the sea. There is underfloor heating throughout. The kitchen/living area has traditional farmhouse furniture and a stove for colder evenings.

£60-£75 prpn (3) £75-£90 prpn (2) £75-£90 prpn (1) £90-£160 prpn (6)

A modern contemporary, detached property, with stunning uninterrupted sea views towards the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect place to relax and unwind in a tranquil rural setting. You can watch the ever changing sunset from your private Hot tub.

OPEN: JAN - DEC Per week £500-£650 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

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Netherdale, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NA T: 01856 721386 phyllis@loonscottage.co.uk www.loonscottage.co.uk

SELF CATERING Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LU T: 01856 721418 enquiries@nordhavn-orkney.co.uk www.nordhavn-orkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Loons Cottage ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Brand new house finished to the highest standards to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay. Its location is peaceful and private with unspoilt seaviews and stunning sunsets. Close proximity to the Brough of Birsay and Earls Palace.

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Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T: 01856 721418 enquiries@palace-cottage-orkney .co.uk www.palace-cottage-orkney.co.uk

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Palace Cottage

Per week £800-£900 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (8)

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ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Palace Cottage is a traditional cottage which has been SELF CATERING sympathetically renovated, retaining many original features, finished to a high standard for a most comfortable stay. Within easy walking distance to Brough of Birsay & Marwick Head.

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Per week £300-£400 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING

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. A ‘Welcome Pack’ with some ‘Orkney goodies’ awaits you, along with a very warm welcome.

DOUNBY C7

Deerness, Orkney KW17 2QQ T: 0770 373 5926 newhollandcottage@icloud.com www.newhollandcottage.com

Refurbished spacious detached bungalow with garden. Situated in tranquil Deerness close to sandy beaches and Kirkwall. Open plan kitchen diner and large living room with sofa beds. Level access throughout.

SELF CATERING Easthouse, Dounby, Orkney KW17 2JE T: 01856 771943 hopecottage4@yahoo.co.uk www.denecottage-orkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

New Holland Cottage

Per week £425-£500 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Dene Cottage Per week £400-£550 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (7)

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A cosy eco retreat, powered by solar panels and small wind turbine, with all home comforts. Set in a peaceful rural location with open vistas, but an easy walk to Dounby, Smithfield Hotel and Merkister Hotel’s excellent restaurants.

Per week £340-£420 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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DOUNBY C7

SELF CATERING

DOUNBY C7

Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HR T: 01856 771340 enquiries@hannabreck.co.uk www.hannabreck.co.uk

SELF CATERING Howan, Dounby Orkney KW17 2HS T: 01856 771587 howancottage@mail.com www.howancottageorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Hannabreck ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Howan Cottage

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Set in a secluded hilltop location with stunning panoramic views, SELF CATERING this traditional Orkney ‘But n’ Ben’ cottage has flagstone floors, box beds and an open fire. It makes an ideal base to explore Orkney. New for 2019 a Spa Hot Tub.

Per week £400-£600 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING

Newly renovated self catering cottage situated on a family farm in the heart of Orkney’s West Mainland, only 0.8 miles from Dounby village which offers a range of amenities. An ideal base to explore Orkney’s natural and cultural heritage.

Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HN T: 01856 841803 enquiries@kringla.co.uk www.holidayinorkney.co.uk

Per week £375-£550 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HR T: 01856 771340 enquiries@lochlandchalets. co.uk www.lochlandchalets.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Kringla Apartments LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Lochland Chalets

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5 star TripAdvisor reviews. Spacious, modern and well SELF CATERING equipped. In the heart of a small, friendly village with shops, fuel and hotel. Convenient but peaceful location for archaeological sites, RSPB reserves, beaches, fishing and shooting.

Per week £300-£490 Apartment (2) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (4)

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Spacious chalets, currently under refurbishment. 1.5 miles from the village of Dounby. Ideally located near fishing lochs & archaeological sites. Has its own bird hide onsite overlooking the RSPB reserve Loch of Banks. Dogs welcome.

New Vola, Swartland Road, Dounby, Orkney KW17 2JQ T: 01856 841724 newvola@btinternet.com www.orkneyselfcatering.holiday

Charming little cottage ideally situated for exploring all that Orkney has to offer. Only a short distance from many Neolithic sites. Free fishing nearby. Welcome pack provided. Families welcome.

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SELF CATERING Eday, Orkney KW17 2AA T: 01857 622269 anne@mcgregorsolutions.co.uk www.dalecottageorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Peedie Hoose

Per week £200-£350 Chalet (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

Eday is Orkney’s hidden gem: unspoilt landscapes, expansive beaches, breath-taking cliffs/ caves, rare wildlife, rich fauna and interesting historical landmarks. Dale cottage is cosy and wellequipped, designed to meet all your needs.

OPEN: JAN - DEC Per week £350-£420 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

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Eday, Orkney KW17 2AA T: 0777 846 3798 sties@btinternet.com www.sties.co.uk

The Bungalow, By Evie, Orkney KW17 2NP T: 01856 721258 info@swannaycottageorkney.co.uk www.swannaycottageorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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A traditional croft cottage, in a secluded location at the end of SELF CATERING its own private road, has been renovated to a high standard. It is situated 200 yards from the shore and enjoys panoramic views across neighbouring islands.

Per week £300 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

EVIE D6

SELF CATERING

Swannay Cottage has marvellous panoramic views across to Costa Hill, with amazing fishing, shooting and birdwatching opportunities on site. With its large walled garden, it is perfect for families and friends, pets are also welcome!

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Per week £350-£400 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (5)

EVIE E7

Eviedale, Evie, Orkney KW17 2PJ T: 01856 751714 info@eviedale-cottages.co.uk www.eviedale-cottages.co.uk

SELF CATERING Old Evie Church, Evie Village, Orkney KW17 2PH T: 01856 751432 kirkdaleapartments@ btinternet.com www.kirkdaleapartments.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Eviedale Cottages ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Kirkdale Apartments

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Eviedale Cottages are located in the village of Evie. Our lovely SELF CATERING traditional Orkney cottages are tastefully decorated and cosy, each has a multi fuel stove, ample parking on site and the beach is only a short walk away.

Per week £405-£575 Cottage (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (6)

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Set in the picturesque village of Evie, Kirkdale Apartments boasts high quality accommodation over 4 apartments, catering to various party sizes and budgets. With a large range of facilities, we aim to be your ‘home from home’.

FINSTOWN E9

Walkerhouse, Evie, Orkney KW17 2PQ T: 0776 809 0354 info@woodwickmill.co.uk www.woodwickmill.co.uk

Woodwick Mill has been renovated to provide superior self-catering accommodation in a beautiful burnside setting. The environment is quiet and serene with ducks, trout, grey wagtails and the relaxing sound of Woodwick Burn.

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Woodwick Mill

Per week £300-£625 Apartment (2) Apartment (2) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Atlantis Lodges Per week £413-£882 Apartment (2) Apartment (2) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

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Waterfront accommodation with breath-taking sea views. Available for single night or longer starting any day of the week. On-site parking. Convenient central location to all Orkney attractions. Ideal for groups.

Per week £302-£480 Apartment (8) Apartment (4) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (4)

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FINSTOWN E9

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FINSTOWN E9

Finstown, Orkney KW17 2EG T: 01856 875438 michelle@r-clouston.co.uk www.auldkirk-apt.co.uk

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OPEN: MAR - OCT

Auld Kirk Apartments LISTING ACCOMMODATION

The Boathouse

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Auld Kirk Apartments are three, 3 bedroomed apartments located SELF CATERING in the small village of Finstown. Finstown is 10 minutes from Kirkwall and Stromness making Auld Kirk an ideal base for visiting all Orkney has to offer.

Per week £400-£600 Apartment (3) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

FINSTOWN E9

A novel upturned boathouse in the village of Finstown. This house has lots of character and wonderful views over the Bay of Firth. This is ideal family accommodation as it has its own garden and is centrally located for all sightseeing.

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Boathouse, Finstown, Orkney KW17 2EH T: 0776 921 6756 bookings@orkneyself-catering.com www.orkneyself-catering.com

Per week £500-£620 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Orkney Self Catering Bungalows ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Buan House

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Three well equipped, family friendly Self Catering bungalows, SELF CATERING in a central waterfront location, with sea views. Each has a patio and private parking. They are close to World Heritage Sites and only a short drive to Kirkwall or Stromness.

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Per week £480-£570 Cottage (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

Buan House has breathtaking, panoramic views from every window. At the end of a day spent enjoying all that Orkney has to offer, sit in the conservatory and enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching the sun setting in the west. True bliss.

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Grimbister Farm, By Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1TT T: 01856 761318 grimbister@orknet.co.uk

Spacious three bedroom cottage on working farm. Come and enjoy the outstanding views over the Bay of Firth from the spacious living room. 5 miles from Kirkwall. Central for all Orkney’s attractions.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Peedie Hoose Per week £350-£450 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

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SELF CATERING Burness, Firth, Orkney KW17 2ET T: 01856 761442 ann@the-stevensons.co.uk www.orkneyselfcatering.co.uk

OPEN: MAY - DEC

Grimbister Farm Cottage

Per week £650-£990 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (8)

Wonder at beautiful scenery, incredible skies and magical sunsets whilst enjoying a memorable holiday at Peedie Hoose. Relax in the 1st floor lounge with its triple aspect windows with panoramic views over the surrounding sea and hills.

Per week £400-£690 House (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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HARRAY D8

Stoneyhill Road, Harray, Orkney KW17 2JS T: 01856 771442 james.ballantyne4@ btopenworld.com

SELF CATERING Netherbrough Road, Harray, Orkney KW17 2LE T: 01856 875135 auroraselfcatering@hotmail.com www.auroraselfcateringorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: APR - OCT

Breckan Self Catering LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Furso Langhouse

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With its enclosed garden and beautiful views over the Hoy Hills SELF CATERING and Harray Loch, this spacious house is the ideal place for family holidays. The central location makes it the perfect base for sightseeing, fishing or just relaxing.

Per week £300-£400 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (6)

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Furso is a traditional langhouse which has been used as a family home since at least the 17th century. It retains many original features today, combined with modern comforts, making any stay truly memorable.

Per week £350-£650 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

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New Breckan, Harray, Orkney KW17 2JR T: 01856 771233 sandra@newbreckan.co.uk www.newbreckan.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

New Breckan Cottage LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Netherbutton Cottages

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Enjoy the countryside on your doorstep, this lovely cottage is SELF ideal forCATERING couples looking to get away and relax. In the heart of the West Mainland, it is an ideal base for exploring Orkney and visiting the many archaeological sites nearby.

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Per week £190-£280 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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Traditional style cottages in a peaceful country location, surrounded by farmland and only 3 miles from Kirkwall. Superb views over Scapa Flow, the buoy marking the war grave of the Royal Oak, Hoy Hills and South Isles. Mob: 0783 583 5126.

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St Marys, Holm, Orkney KW17 2RU T: 01856 781319 bookings@rockworkschalets.co.uk www.commodorechalets.co.uk

Rockworks Chalets complex consists of nine comfortable self catering chalets and six selfcontained en-suite bedroom units (lodges) that provide ‘home from home’ accommodation. Ideal for holiday and business travellers. Short stays welcome.

SELF CATERING Cantick Head Lighthouse, Longhope, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3PQ T: 01856 701777 cantick@gmail.com www.cantickhead.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Rockworks Chalets

Per week £325-£495 Cottage (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages Per week £385-£665 Chalet (9) Lodge (6) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (2)

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Here at Cantick Head Lighthouse, on the beautiful island of Hoy, we offer the opportunity to stay in one of our unique, dog friendly, self catering cottages which were once the home of Victorian lighthouse keepers.

Per week £750-£950 Cottage (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

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New Voy, Toab, Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QG T: 01856 861267 raymondpeace@btinternet.com www.14buttquoypark.co.uk

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OPEN: APR - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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Benbradagh Flat

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Do you want to stay in Kirkwall town centre and experience all itSELF has toCATERING offer? Only a two minute walk from historical attractions, a host of local Orkney retailers and a number of bars and restaurants makes this the perfect place to stay.

Per week £250-£350 House (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

KIRKWALL & ST OLA G9

This recently renovated flat, is attached to a modern family house and has its own entrance. Although situated in a quiet residential area, it is only a 15 minute walk to the centre of town with its many shops, restaurants and harbour.

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA E10

St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SZ T: 01856 876277 collinreid@btinternet.com www.berstane.co.uk

Per week £175-£275 Flat (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Berstane House & Seaview Apartments ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Blinkbonny Holiday Homes

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Quiet location, set in woodland with a view over Berstane Bay to SELF CATERING Shapinsay, Tankerness, Deerness, Stronsay and Auskerry. Airport close by and within easy walking distance of Kirkwall.

Per week £200-£400 Apartment (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Blinkbonny is situated just three miles from Orkney’s main town of Kirkwall, enjoying spectacular views over Scapa Flow and towards the South Isles. Fully equipped to a high standard for all your holiday needs.

Off Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1GY T: 0770 236 6933 taitorkney@gmail.com www.kirkwallapartments.co.uk

Modern purpose built accommodation right in the heart of historic Kirkwall, a perfect base for exploring Mainland Orkney and the outer islands. Well equipped with everything needed for an enjoyable stay. Bed settee available in 2 apartments.

Per week £430-£745 Apartment (8) House (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (6)

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SELF CATERING 12 Clay Loan, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1EB T: 01856 875556 alicecant@btinternet.com www.kirkwallselfcatering.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Broad Street Gardens Apartments

Per week £395-£695 House (2) House (2) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Clay Loan Self Catering Ideally located in the centre of Kirkwall. We offer comfortable family friendly accommodation within walking distance of Kirkwall’s historical sites, shopping and sporting facilities.

Per week £350-£500 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (5)

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St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RZ T: 0771 161 0017 crantit@aol.com www.crantit.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Eastbank Cottages

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Two high quality self-catering apartments adjoining an SELFcirca CATERING 1850 country mansion house and set within its own mature walled garden. It is a 15mins walk to Kirkwall town centre and only 10mins to the beautiful Scapa beach.

Per week £350-£490 Apartment (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Five modern cottages set in a quiet peaceful location but only an 8 minute walk from Kirkwall town centre and all amenities. Each cottage has access to a garden area and private parking. No smoking or pets. Free Wifi.

Junction Road, Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1AR T: 0752 509 1422 islesviewholidays@gmail.com www.kirkwallstoreapartments. co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Crantit House

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Per week £235-£395 Cottage (4) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (2)

SELF CATERING Grain House, 98 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AX T: 01856 874404 grainpark@btinternet.com www.grainpark.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

Flat 4 at The Store ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Grain Park Apartment

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Flat 4 is a new build two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of SELF CATERING Kirkwall. It is the perfect location for visiting the historic town, and an ideal base to explore and experience the best of what Orkney has to offer.

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Per week £430-£550 Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Superior apartment offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, situated in a quiet but very central area of Kirkwall, within easy walking distance of the town’s many historical sites, modern amenities and inter-island ferry services.

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

Highview, Rosebank, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1WU T: 01856 873541 highparkorkney@gmail.com www.highparkorkney.com

We are family run, dog-friendly, self-catering lodges, ideally situated for exploring Orkney. The historic town centre of Kirkwall is a pleasant 20-30 minute walk and is no more than an hour’s drive from any point on the Mainland.

SELF CATERING 25 St Catherine’s Place, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HX T: 01856 721761 enquiries@jporkney.co.uk www.jporkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

High Park Lodges

Per week £225-£395 Apartment (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (3)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

JP Orkney Per week £450-£650 Lodge (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Experience and savour time in our peedie Kirkwall house. Built in 1778, this quaint Orcadian home is warm and welcoming. Located a short stroll from the harbour front making a great base to explore. £100 per night (minimum 2 night stay).

Per week £600 House (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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3 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LB T: 01856 870285 laurelorkney@aol.com www.laurelselfcatering.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Laurel Self Catering LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Orkney Bedsits

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Per week £500-£600 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

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Cosy self-catering accommodation in the heart of Kirkwall. Walking distance to the town centre and its many shops, restaurants, bars and historical sites, making this the perfect place to discover Orkney. Daily bookings taken.

Per week £240-£360 Flat (1) Studio (2) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (0) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (2)

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

Craigiefield House, Craigiefield Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UJ T: 01856 878477 info@orkneyvillas.com www.orkneyvillas.com

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Orkney Villas ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Overscapa Cottage

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Spacious self catering apartments providing comfortable SELF CATERING accommodation for 1 to 4 people. Located on the edge of Kirkwall within a short walk along the waterfront from the main town centre. Free on-site parking and Wi-Fi.

Per week £300-£750 Apartment (3) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (8)

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

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Escape, relax and unwind in this spacious traditional style cottage with unique character. Located on the outskirts of Kirkwall, its rural setting is close to Scapa Beach and has panoramic views. Short breaks available.

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

2 Park View, The Meadows, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DE T: 0777 392 0536 kirkwallparkview2@gmail.com

A newly-built, semi-detached house on two levels, located near the Bignold Park in Kirkwall. Freshly decorated, well equipped and cosy. Within walking distance of Kirkwall town centre. Ideal base for exploring Orkney at any time of year.

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St Magnus Apartment Per week £350-£600 House (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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SELF CATERING 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DH T: 0799 059 1393 enquiries@ stmagnusapartment.co.uk www.stmagnusapartment.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Park View 2

Per week £500-£1000 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (8)

An elegant two-bedroomed flat in the heart of Kirkwall, looking directly onto St Magnus Cathedral. Comfortable, well-appointed, with private parking. An ideal base for relaxing or exploring.

Per week £630-£700 Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

2 Earl Thorfinn Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QF T: 0788 514 5549 info@selfcateringorkney.com www.selfcateringorkney.com

SELF CATERING 4 West Tankerness Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AL T: 0782 591 4463 taitorkney@gmail.com www.kirkwallapartments.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

selfcateringorkney.com ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Shaalder Apartments

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Lovely two-bedroom cottage, 5 mins walk to shops, cafes, pubs, SELF CATERING restaurants, tourist centre, bus station & St Magnus Cathedral. Situated in a quiet area, small sheltered garden, parking, free unlimited WiFi. Check website for winter offers.

Per week £375-£495 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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In the centre of Kirkwall, these new apartments offer bright, modern living space from which to launch your Orkney adventure. Within easy walking distance to amenities & transport links to the rest of the Orkney Mainland and outer islands.

7 Thoms Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PF T: 01856 875135 auroraselfcatering@hotmail.com www.auroraselfcateringorkney.co.uk

Per week £300-£725 Apartment (2) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (2)

SELF CATERING St Ola, Orkney KW15 1TR T: 01856 875280 info@sunnydaleselfcateringorkney. co.uk sunnydaleselfcateringorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Startin ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Sunnydale Self Catering Cottage

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Per week £350-£675 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (7)

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

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A renovated 3 bedroom stone built cottage 2 miles from Kirkwall. Sleeping up to 6 adults and one child. It has 2 sitting rooms one with a double sofa bed, one with an open coal fire and patio doors leading out to the south facing deck.

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

16a Royal Oak Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RF T: 01856 861422 royaloak16a@gmail.com www.cottageguide.co.uk/ royaloak16a

The perfect base to discover Orkney, with many beauty spots and attractions just a 30 min car journey away. It is tastefully decorated, well equipped and only a 15 min walk from Kirkwall town centre. We welcome short breaks to long stays.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

ThistleDoMe Self Catering

Per week £630-£840 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (7)

A cosy ‘peedie hoose’ in a peaceful, central location, with panoramic views to the west makes this an ideal setting for 1-2 people. The ‘Hoose’ is in close proximity to St Magnus Cathedral, local shops, restaurants and leisure activities.

OPEN: JAN - DEC Per week £355-£475 House (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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Howar, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633253 cottage@howar.co.uk www.howar.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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Nouster Croft House LISTING ACCOMMODATION Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the very comfortable Nouster SELFHouse, CATERING Croft overlooking beautiful Nouster Bay with its seals and seaweed eating, native sheep. Five ancient breeds of sheep and friendly alpacas across the bay at Howar.

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Semi-detached cottage overlooking Kirbister Loch and Waulkmill Beach, between Kirkwall and Stromness. Ideal for historic sites, hillwalking and fishing.

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ORPHIR E10

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

Per week £270-£380 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RB T: 01856 811393 liz.slater1@outlook.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Buxa Farm Chalets & Croft House ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Gray’s Inn

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Three Norwegian style semidetached chalets and one croft SELFsituated CATERING house on 20 acres of waterfront property with stunning panoramic views.

Per week £475-£800 Chalet (3) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (8)

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Coaching Inn (past). Centrally located for historic sites of interest. Locally there is an ancient round Church and Visitor Centre located at The Bu, Orphir. Spectacular views overlooking Scapa Flow. Wildlife and walking close by.

ORPHIR D10

Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HB T: 01856 850365 jean.craigie1@btinternet.com www.hallofclestrain.com

Welcome to our farm cottage with beautiful views over the Hoy Hills and Stromness. Enjoy a walk to our private beach to see seals & sea birds. Comfortable and cosy accommodation with peat fire. Central location for all visitor attractions.

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Little Bu Per week £200-£350 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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SELF CATERING Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RD T: 0160 484 3275 judy@windbreck.co.uk www.littlebu.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Hall of Clestrain Cottage

Per week £250-£300 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

Little Bu is a spacious modern Norwegian-style chalet set in a quiet location near the sea with spectacular views over Scapa Flow and Orphir Hills. It is ideally situated for wildlife watching and is close by to Orkney’s main attractions.

Per week £550-£650 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

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Germiston Road, Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HD T: 0779 947 8756 fimby@millbrig.plus.com www.millbrig-orkney.co.uk

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Per week £475 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

ORPHIR E10

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OPEN: APR - SEP

Millbrig

Traditional Orkney stone built cottage with a flagstone roof. SELF CATERING Overlooking Ward Hill and the Kirbister Loch ensures that there is an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. This is the perfect location for your holiday in Orkney.

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Located 10 yards from the shore, this modernised traditional stone cottage with a wood burning stove is within an easy drive from main towns and attractions. This secluded cottage is in a stunning peaceful setting with abundant wildlife.

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ORPHIR E10

Greenigoe, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RA T: 01856 873596 vmainland@btinternet.com www.owlswoodlodge.co.uk

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Owlswood Lodge

Per week £170-£315 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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Scapa Flow Lodges

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Owlswood Lodge is a purpose built self catering house. Panoramic SELFlooking CATERING views south over Scapa Flow. Wheelchair friendly. Electricity, heating, linen and towels included. Pets welcome by arrangement. Enclosed garden. Hot tub.

Per week £550-£770 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (6)

ISLE OF ROUSAY F6

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These luxury two bedroom lodges look down over the magnificent views of Scapa Flow. Considerable thought and planning has gone into the design and build quality of the lodges. Enjoy a comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience.

ISLE OF ROUSAY F6

Brinian, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T: 01856 821243 cedarlee@btinternet.com www.cedarleeselfcatering.co.uk

Unwind in Cedarlee, a tranquil haven in Rousay, with beautiful sea views. Cedarlee is the ideal base for a peaceful, relaxing break. Ideally placed close to the pier, comfortable and well appointed, truly a home away from home.

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Cedarlee Self Catering

Per week £400-£580 Lodge (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Trumland Farm Steading Per week £300-£400 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

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Per week £280-£420 Cottage (2) Studio (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (2)

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ST MARGARET’S HOPE F12

SELF CATERING

ST MARGARET’S HOPE F13

The Priory, Beccles Road, St Olaves, Norfolk NR31 9HE T: 0149 348 8609 garleton@btinternet.com www.garletonselfcatering.co.uk

SELF CATERING Laura Cromarty, Hools, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney KW17 2RH T: 01856 831265 acrom265@aol.com www.westshaird.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Garleton Self Catering LISTING ACCOMMODATION

West Shaird

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Per week £450 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SANDWICK B7

An attractive farmhouse situated in a stunning location overlooking Sandwick Bay on the west side of South Ronaldsay. A great place to chill with spacious gardens and wildlife. Ideal for walking, cycling, sight seeing, bird watching etc.

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SANDWICK C7

Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LS T: 0775 337 8917 info@orkney-accommodation.co.uk www.orkney-accommodation.co.uk

Two traditional Orkney cottages renovated to a high standard. SELF CATERING Situated just over a mile from the beautiful sandy Bay of Skaill and the world famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Fantastic coastal walks on the doorstep.

Newbigging Cottage

Per week £370-£525 Cottage (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (6)

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Newly renovated country cottage, well equipped and homely with panoramic views. Easy access to historical and archaeological sites, RSPB reserves, fishing lochs and beaches. On working farm 3 miles from the small thriving village of Dounby.

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SANDWICK B7

Per week £275-£400 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Skaill House Apartments

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Skara Brae Cottages Per week £475-£875 Apartment (1) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

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Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR T: 01856 841501 info@skaillhouse.co.uk www.skaillhouse.co.uk/ stay-with-us

Skaill House Apartments comprises of two spacious self-catering apartments situated in a private wing of Skaill House - the finest mansion house in Orkney. Located next to the stunning Bay of Skaill and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

SELF CATERING Twatt, Sandwick, Orkney KW17 2JH T: 01856 841803 info@orkneyselfcatering accommodation.com www.orkneyselfcatering accommodation.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Instabillie Self CateringLISTING ACCOMMODATION

Per week £400-£600 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

Situated on a working farm which overlooks the Bay of Skaill and is exceptionally well placed for a holiday of many interests. The Stone Age village of Skara Brae is just a fifteen-minute walk away, other sites are only a short drive.

Per week £250-£350 Cottage (2) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (2)

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STENNESS C9

Stenness, Orkney Orkney KW16 3HA T: 01856 850136 info@millofeyrland.com www.millofeyrland.com

Quoyloo, Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LT T: 01856 841519 stewart.wood@btinternet.com www.unigar-cottages.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Red Brae Cottage

Unigar Cottages

ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Unigar is a group of three recently built, well designed, SELF CATERING environmentally friendly cottages situated in a peaceful, rural location in the small community of Quoyloo in the West Mainland, the heart of Neolithic Orkney.

Per week £350-£625 Cottage (1) Cottage (2) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (6)

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Welcome to Red Brae, a two bedroom cottage situated in Stenness close to the main archaeological sites of Orkney. Outstanding 180 degree views over to the picturesque town of Stromness, Hoy Sound and the the Hoy hills.

Per week £300-£430 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

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36 & 40 Alfred Street, 4, 10 & 18 South End, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DF T: 00 2779 492 9789 rosemary@andersoncottage.co.uk www.andersoncottage.co.uk

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Anderson’s Seafront Harbour Cottages ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Camusbeag

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Five charming, historic, 4-star cottages located right on the SELF CATERING seafront with their own piers. Retaining the charm of yesteryear, yet equipped with every modern amenity. All 5 cottages combined have a total of 15 bedrooms (sleep up to 30).

Per week £380-£1095 Cottage (2) Cottage (2) Bedrooms (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (8) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING

Unique split level bedsit accommodation in central Stromness. Spectacular views over harbour and out to Scapa Flow. Due to internal staircase it is not suitable if you have mobility problems. Sleeping arrangement is a double sofa bed.

Bu Road, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JH T: 01856 850443 arthur.geddes@btinternet.com

Situated in an idyllic location overlooking Orphir, Hoy Hills and Scapa Flow. This semi-detached cottage offers peace and quiet and total relaxation. Just 1.5 miles from Stromness with its old world charm of narrow winding streets.

SELF CATERING 8 Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BY T: 01856 850581 norriemowat@gmail.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Feawell Self Catering

Per week £140-£240 Studio (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Fisherman’s Cottage and Lyness House Studio Flat Per week £220-£320 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (3)

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Unique cottage located in the town centre with its own pier and panoramic views. The studio flat is self-contained and only a stone’s throw from the seafront. Both properties are close to all amenities that Stromness has to offer.

Per week £250-£360 Studio (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (3)

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STROMNESS B10

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STROMNESS C9

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

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Harbourlee House and LISTING Cottage ACCOMMODATION

Howe Holiday Homes

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Stunning seafront location and very central to all amenities. The SELF CATERING property is fully equipped and furnished and guests may arrive and depart any day of the week. Ideal for holidays and business trips 10mins easy walk to the ferry terminal and bus stop.

Per night Per night from £200 from £80 House (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (16) Sleeps (5)

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We offer comfortable family cottages in a quiet countryside location but still only 1.5 miles from Stromness. Enjoy walks to the seashore to see the abundance of wildlife. Ideal for exploring Orkney and all that it has to offer.

Howe Road, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JU T: 0788 088 3107 ellis.dave5@googlemail.com www.maraquoy.co.uk

Per week £250-£325 Cottage (4) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (3)

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Maraquoy Holiday Cottages ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Merchant’s House and Fisherman’s Cottage

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Two cottages overlooking Scapa Flow, Orphir Hills and Hoy Sound. SELFlocation CATERING Quiet in 1 acre of ground, with plenty of parking. Only 1 mile from Stromness town centre. Within easy reach of Maeshowe, Standing Stones and Skara Brae.

Per week £350-£550 Cottage (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING

Elegantly renovated, spacious and luxurious 18th Century Merchant’s House and Fisherman’s Cottage with sea views from all rooms. The pier garden and slipway has unique and spectacular views of Stromness waterfront and passing boats.

80 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850183 echalmers7880@gmail.com www.cottageguide.co.uk/norday

Comfortable accommodation in the heart of historical and picturesque Stromness, close to local amenities and transport links. Now with Wi-fi. Part weeks available.

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Old Smokery Per week £320-£420 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Norday Self Catering

Per week £425-£1225 House (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (9) Sleeps (3)

Stunning views and a very comfortable stay awaits you at The Factory which has been recently converted into a beautifully presented one bed-roomed apartment to sleep two people.

Per week £420-£560 Apartment (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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54 Dundas Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA T: 01856 850255 info@orkneyaccommodation.com www.orkneyaccommodation.com

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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Three Self Catering properties on the seafront & overlooking the SELF CATERING harbour area in Stromness. Choose from the 1 bedroom unit at 52 Dundas Street, suitable for couples or the spacious 2 bedroom units at Marina House Apartments.

Per week £295-£480 Flat (1) Flat (2) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (4)

STROMNESS C9

SELF CATERING

Three purpose built modern 4 * apartments - Sandstone, Granite, Westslate beautifully finished, peaceful location, private parking, 10-15 minutes walk from town centre, harbour & bus station, FREE WiFi. Check website for winter offers.

Per week £350-£595 Apartment (2) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (2)

TANKERNESS G10

17a Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BY T: 01856 850376 kathleenireland@btinternet.com

SELF CATERING Toab, Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QU T: 01856 861296 mail@horriefarm.co.uk www.horriefarm.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Shed Up the Lane LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Horrie Farm Self Catering Apartments

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Studio apartment in central but peaceful location. Fine circular SELFaround CATERING walks the town and shore. Close to galleries, museum, transport links, shops, swimming pool and golf course. Storage for bikes & sports equipment and paved garden area.

Per week £250-£380 Studio (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

SELF CATERING

Warm comfortable accommodation with open outlook over farmland. 6 miles east of Kirkwall. Ideally suited for family groups wishing to holiday together. Pets accepted by arrangement.

Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QS T: 0776 622 1960 rerwickcottage@gmail.com www.lovelyorkneycottages.co.uk

A spacious and comfortable country cottage with traditional features. Enjoy the peaceful and stunning surrounds of Rerwick Head, an unspoilt headland steeped in history.

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: MAR - OCT

Rerwick Cottage

Per week £420-£490 Apartment (1) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (5)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Sebay Mill Holiday Apartments Per week £315-£371 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Situated 10 minutes from Kirkwall, this old Orkney mill has been converted into six award-winning self catering apartments, which have been beautifully designed and luxuriously finished to 4 and 5 Star Visit Scotland standards.

Per week £475-£745 Apartment (3) Apartment (2) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (3)

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ISLE OF WESTRAY F2

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North Cubbigoe, Westray, Orkney KW17 2DD T: 01857 677398 nettaharcus157@gmail.com

SELF CATERING The Lodge, Shirlett, Nr Broseley, Shropshire TF12 5BH T: 0754 367 2096

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Daisy Cottage ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Orcadee Self Catering

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Modern well equipped bungalow in centre of Pierowall Village. CARAVANS & CAMPING Convenient for shops, swimming pool, beaches and wildlife. Only 7 miles from the Ferry and 3 miles from the Airport.

Per week £280-£300 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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Fine views over Pierowall Bay and close to shops and the Heritage Centre. Noltland Castle and Golf Links are nearby. Good for walking or just relaxing. Enjoy sitting in the conservatory with panoramic views.

Queena Cottage, Swannay, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NS T: 0787 819 3710 queena@homeorkney.co.uk www.caravan.homeorkney.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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Per week £280-£455 Caravan (1) Caravan (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (6)

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Experience and savour independence exploring the beautiful islands of Orkney in our fully equipped, eco-friendly electric camper van. Pitch at a campsite or go wild camping for free, plus there’s no costly fill-ups at a petrol pump.

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Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LR T: 01856 879900 campsite@pickaquoy.com www.orkneycaravanpark.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Wheems Camping Eco Pods and Cottage Adults starting from £6.95 pppn Juniors starting from £1.80 pppn Touring pitches on site (51) Tent pitches on site (30) Camping pods (2) Sleeps (6)

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Touring (1) from £110 pn

East Side, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ T: 01856 831556 wheemsbothy@gmail.com www.wheemsorganic.co.uk

OPEN: MAR - DEC

Orkney Caravan Park Orkney Caravan Park at the Pickaquoy Centre is a high quality site ideally located for touring Orkney, adjacent to excellent leisure facilities, swimming pool and café. Camping pods available. Just a short walk from Kirkwall town centre.

CARAVAN & CAMPING Cleatfurrrows, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T: 01856 721761 enquiries@jporkney.co.uk www.jporkney.co.uk

Aurora Static Caravans LISTING ACCOMMODATION Two large spacious double glazed, well equipped static caravans in a CARAVANS & CAMPING beautiful rural location, with sea and loch views. Own wind turbine and solar panels supplying free electricity. Two bicycles available for hire.

Per week £300-£350 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

Wheems Organic Farm Camping / Glamping / Self Catering. Small family run campsite, wooden camping pods, yurt, bell tents, self catering cottage and loft on a working organic farm. Produce available. Overlooking sandy bays and cliffs.

Touring (10) Tent (20) Yurt (1) Camping pods (4) Bell tent (2) Cottage (1) The Loft (1)

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Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BB T: 01856 872243 kirkwall@hostellingscotland.org.uk www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/ hostels/kirkwall OPEN: APR - SEP

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel LISTING ACCOMMODATION

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Clean and friendly, family run hostel in Kirkwall a short walk from the town centre and close to 3 supermarkets and a sports centre. An ideal place to explore the wonderful history and sights of Orkney.

Junior £20-£26 Senior £20-£26 Dbl/Twin (3) Dorms (6) Ensuite (9) Sleeps (34)

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HOSTEL

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Ayre Houses, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QX T: 01856 877177 info@stayinkirkwall.co.uk www.stayinkirkwall.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

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The Peedie Hostel and The Bothy Self Catering Quaint hostel overlooking the harbour in the town of Kirkwall in HOSTELS easy walking distance of the town centre. Central for Bus Station, Restaurants and Ferries to the outer isles. Short breaks also available in The Bothy Self Catering.

Senior £18-£38 Dbl/Twin (4) Dorms (2) Private (2) Sleeps (18)

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Modern well equipped hostel in a converted barn, which is adjacent to the campsite and Observatory Guest House. Guests can enjoy meals and drinks in the Observatory lounge bar or cafe. There is also a shop with groceries on site.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC Come to vibrant Papay: We are a community run hostel close to beautiful beaches & archaeological sites. Our hostel is warm, friendly and comfortable with en-suite bedrooms, 2 camping bothies, modern kitchens, spacious dining room & garden.

£9-£10 £18-£20 (3) (1) (10)

ISLE OF ROUSAY F6

Beltane House, Papa Westray, Orkney KW17 2BU T: 01857 644224 beltanepapay@aol.co.uk www.papawestray.co.uk/ beltane-house.html

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Junior Senior Dorms Ensuite Sleeps

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Rousay Hostel and Campsite Junior £15-£35 Senior £25-£35 Dbl/Twin (7) Dorms (1) Ensuite (6) Sleeps (19)

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See Rousay and Know Orkney where a warm welcome awaits you at Trumland Farm. Close to ferry from Orkney mainland. Ideal for walking, birdwatching and visiting historic sites. Campers use facilities. Bikes for hire. Mobile: 0754 537 4029

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45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 2BS T: 01856 850661 sylvia@brownsorkney.co.uk www.brownsorkney.co.uk

Westray, Orkney KW17 2BZ T: 01857 677214 enquiries@chalmersquoywestray. co.uk www.chalmersquoywestray.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Brown’s Hostel and House Centrally situated self catering accommodation. 3 units - each with kitchen/living rooms. Some bedrooms ensuite, some with washbasins. Single and double beds . No dorms nor bunkbeds. Easy 5 mins. walk to bus stop and ferry terminals.

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The Barn Hostel and Campsite - Chalmersquoy From £21 Dbl/Twin (4) Family (5) Single (3) Ensuite (4) Sleeps (30)

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The Barn Hostel and Campsite is part of Chalmersquoy Accommodation and is situated on the edge of Pierowall Village. The Barn is a traditional building with a modern interior and offers excellent kitchen and lounge facilities.

Junior £18 Senior £24-£32 Dbl/Twin (4) Dorms (1) Ensuite (1) Sleeps (12)

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STAYING IN ORKNEY From welcoming hotels to cosy self catering, charming guest houses & B&B’s to budgetfriendly hostels, Orkney has the ideal accommodation for your stay. If you’re looking for ideas for your annual holiday or planning a last minute break, we can help. Search accommodation listings, late availability and special offers at orkney.com.

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WITH THANKS Destination Orkney would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the creation of this guide: Visit Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Food and Drink,Creative Orkney, Digital Media Orkney Images and all our local experts.

PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS Colin Keldie, Premysl Fojtu, Raymond Besant, Fiona Annal, Sean Purser, Antonella Papa, John Wishart, Adam Hough, Sarah Leslie, Paul Tomkins, RSPB Images.

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