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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 36 HANDMADE IN ORKNEY 46 SHORTER DAYS, LONGER NIGHTS 48 FESTIVAL ISLANDS 50 THINGS TO SEE & DO 56 TOURING ORKNEY 60 STAYING IN ORKNEY 64 ACCOMMODATION 85 AREA MAP 86 SOCIAL MEDIA

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TIMELESS AND BEAUTIFUL, DISCOVER THE WONDER OF ORKNEY Orkney is a world to explore – where the past seems close enough to touch and where the changing seasons and endless skies create incredible backdrops. Dive into Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. Enjoy Orkney’s incredible coastal walks, try your hand at a spot of fishing, or perhaps something more adventurous. Wonder at the wildlife that make Orkney’s waters their home and hunting ground, and savour the fruits of our seas and lochs – taste delicious seafood and enjoy a wee, warming dram…

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5,000 YEARS OF HISTORY 70 UNIQUE ISLANDS 600 MILES OF COASTLINE

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

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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GETTING TO ORKNEY IS EASY HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL?

Your journey to Orkney is all part of your adventure. Just 6 miles (10 kilometres) north of the coast of Caithness - there is a great choice of transport links. Breathe the freshest sea air and spot dolphins and seabirds from the ferry deck, or arrive by plane and watch the isles emerging from the crystal waters beneath you.

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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 -

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

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

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

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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

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. 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 islands. Look out for the ‘iKnow’ logo.

* Foot passengers only. Operates May-Sep.

DISCOVER MORE WITH A LITTLE ISLAND-HOPPING 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.

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

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Inter-island flights are an amazing way to get a breathtaking view of the islands. 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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ESSENTIAL ORKNEY

TIME IN ORKNEY IS PRECIOUS – THERE IS NEVER QUITE ENOUGH… From its Neolithic past and wartime heritage, to its plethora of wildlife and stunning Isles, there is so much to discover, you’re bound to want to stay 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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THE BISHOP’S AND EARL’S PALACES 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 VisitScotland 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

Orkney offers you a glimpse into the lives of its past inhabitants, with some of the best-preserved Neolithic houses, tombs and standing stone circles in Europe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, tells the story of its cultural and religious significance, whilst Orkney’s many active archaeological sites bring new insights every year. 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 Kathleen MacLeod, Co-owner of The Tomb of The Eagles “Orkney’s archaeological excavations continue to uncover incredible discoveries about our Neolithic ancestors, and advanced technologies mean that these can be shared across the globe. However, for visitors being able to get up close, and in some cases even touch artefacts from thousands of years ago at Orkney’s Neolithic sites, including The Tomb of The Eagles, is a truly awe-inspiring experience.”

Standing Stones of Stenness

Ness of Brodgar

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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MEMORIES OF CONFLICT AND HEROISM Reminders of the crucial part that Orkney played in both world wars are dotted across the landscape. The archipelago’s strategic location made it of vital significance for both air and sea forces. 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. Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum in Hoy is closed for major renovations until 2021, but visitors can enjoy the exhibition in the Hoy Hotel, just half a mile from the ferry terminal in Lyness. From April - October there are regular guided walks around the remains of the former naval base. Booking is advised.

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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 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 and HMS Hampshire 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 Jude Callister, Visitor Services Team Leader, Museums, Orkney Islands Council “The landscape around Lyness, which was home to 12,000 Royal Naval personnel during WW2, isn’t typical of Orkney, but taking a guided tour around the remains of the former Naval Base really brings the area, the remaining wartime structures and the stories of those based here to life. Afterwards, you’ll find yourself spotting military remains all over the county!”

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THE ISLANDS

EXPLORE A LITTLE MORE The perfect place to go island-hopping, Orkney is made up of around 70 islands, just 16 of which are inhabited. Each of these isles has its own traditions and way of life, and you can be sure of a warm Orkney welcome wherever you venture. 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.

Old Man of Hoy

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Rackwick Beach


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

northernmost tip offering spectacular birdlife. 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. The Heritage Centre gives a fascinating insight into the island’s past with exhibits including the Appiehouse Stone, a Pictish Christian symbol stone found in a nearby house during renovation work. 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. 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 seabirds. 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, VISITSCOTLAND VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE OR GO TO WWW.ORKNEYFERRIES.CO.UK AND WWW.LOGANAIR.CO.UK

Vat of Kirbister, Stronsay

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North Ronaldsay sheep

Sanday

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Stone of Setter, Eday

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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 Getting outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy Orkney. Whether you’re looking for a gentle beach walk or something altogether more adventurous, if you’re properly equipped, there’s no end of fun to be had... 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 Martin Gray, Beachcomber “The Orkney coasts have sustained its people since the first colonists’ time, providing stone, wood, bone and food. Beachcombing here has roots in our deepest past. We’re a small target in a vast ocean but things wash up here from the Tropics to the Arctic and all points in between. I search the coast year round, foraging for stories. There’s no art in it or experience required just curiosity!”


SURROUNDED BY NATURE AT ITS FINEST No matter what the season, Orkney’s wildlife is a delight, with some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife visiting its skies, seas, cliffs, lochs and pastures. Treasure seeing puffins perched precariously on their nesting ledges, while dolphins and orcas hunt offshore and wonder at the delicate blooms of Primula Scotica. SHARE THE WONDER #visitorkney #loveorkney

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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 Jonathan Ford, Papay Ranger “My definition of an island is a land encircled by water, where life and time is defined by the birds encountered there. Here the Auks herald the summer, Golden Plover bring the Autumn with them from the far north, and the Great northern divers are happy to call our islands home for the winter. Then on the first foggy day in the first week of May, the Arctic terns are back, and the island year of birds begins again.”

Orkney’s farmers and Orcadian’s show off their best livestock and produce at the summers’ agricultural shows, with long-held traditions 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 offers visitors the chance to see quality livestock while sampling

local produce and enjoying exhibits of arts and crafts along with local entertainment 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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DELICIOUS ISLAND FLAVOURS Rich waters and fertile lands give local producers fabulous, fresh ingredients to create a wonderful Orkney larder. 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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The Orkney Distillery

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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.

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.

A more recent addition to Orkney are gin distilleries Deerness Distillery Ltd and The Orkney Distillery. They offer an Orcadian twist to

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 Lee Inkster, Orkney Celebrity Master Chef 2019 “In Orkney, we’re fortunate to have access to an incredible diversity of premium quality food and drink. Local producers recognise the importance of protecting the Orkney brand and the islands’ provenance, while exploring new product lines and markets. That balance is a uniquely Orcadian approach, and really sets us apart from other food and drink destinations. For chefs, amateur and professional, the possibilities offered by Orcadian ingredients are limitless!”

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Highland Park Distillery

Orkney Ice Cream

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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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Function and meeting rooms for 5-150 Restaurant with locally sourced meat and seafood Pub/bar with local ales, draughts, local and world spirits

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Family run ice cream parlour and cafe offering ice creams, waffles, pancakes, coffees, milkshakes, cakes and homebakes and savouries. 42 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DG T: 01856 877811 thedailyscooporkney@gmail.com facebook.com/thedailyscooporkney

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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.

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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. 63 John Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AD T: 01856 850309 enquiries@eflettbutcher.co.uk www.eflettbutcher.co.uk

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LYNNFIELD HOTEL

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

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HANDMADE IN ORKNEY TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES

Orkney’s Artisans take inspiration from the rich tapestries of seasonal colours and textures their natural backdrop provides. Renowned for their creativity, Orcadians blend traditional crafts and contemporary techniques, making Orkney a thriving centre of creativity and a treasure-trove for visitors. 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,

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pottery and textiles, traditional and contemporary paintings, and handcrafted furniture that feature skills handed down through generations, Orkney’s creativity will inspire and delight.

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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 Edgar Balfour, Project Manager Creative Orkney “The Orkney Creative Trail - one of the first of its type in Scotland - covers everything from jewellery, ceramics and artwork, to textiles, tapestry and traditional Orkney chair making. It’s a fantastic way for visitors to see our designers at work. Equally, our designers enjoy discussing their inspiration and techniques with anyone following the Trail. Special roadside signposts mark the trail throughout Orkney, with our accompanying brochure acting as guidebook. We also offer suggestions for places to eat and drink along the trail, so it’s a great day out!”

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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


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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

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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. This truly remarkable feat of engineering was designed so that around the winter solstice, shafts of light from the setting sun descend a narrow entrance passage, illuminating the main chamber. 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, and the Hogmanay Stromness Yule Log Pull. 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.


FESTIVAL ISLANDS CELEBRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Renowned for its lively festival scene, Orkney’s calendar has events to enjoy every month of the year. From long summer days to cosy evenings, you’ll find storytelling, music and more.

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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.

After an 80-year absence, the Hogmanay Stromness Yule Log Pull is once again a popular annual event. Split roughly along an old town boundary, one team from the north of the town and one from the south battle to pull the yule log to their territory, cheered on by a lively crowd! Perhaps Orkney’s most unusual festival is North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival which begins in July. 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.

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

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BROUGH OF BIRSAY

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 settlers.

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Explore this once mighty Iron Age settlement, with a cluster of small buildings arranged around what was once a tall, massive broch tower. Aikerness, Evie, Orkney KW17 2NH T: 01856 751414 www.historicenvironment. scot/broch-of-gurness

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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 For opening times and admission costs please visit our website

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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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

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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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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. 28-36 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA T: 01856 850209 info@pierartscentre.com www.pierartscentre.com

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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 manager@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

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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 KW16 3DH T: 01856 850025 custodian@ stromnessmuseum.co.uk www.stromnessmuseum.org.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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KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ORKNEY’S NEWS AND EVENTS 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 home page, together with details of your interests and we’ll do the rest.

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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

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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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Northerly Marine Services offer bespoke wildlife tours, fishing trips or just general sightseeing trips around the beautiful coastal waters of Orkney. We have two comfortable vessels that can accommodate up to 10 people. NON LISTING PleaseACCOMMODATION contact us for more information.

Experience the best of Orkney with friendly certified guides. Custom and scheduled tours available. Coaches, minibuses and midibuses available for tours or private hire. 100% of proceeds go directly to the charity Orkney Disability Forum (SC019325).

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18 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AB T: 01856 871536 hires@octocic.co.uk orkneycommunity transportorganisation.com

Orkney KW15 1SZ T: 01856 252998 info@northerlymarineservices. co.uk www.northerlymarineservices. co.uk

OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC See website for full details of costs and availability

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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.

Explore our enchanting islands with experienced guides. Visit the ancient standing stones and view our varied wildlife. We offer Orkney tours and cruise ship excursions for individuals or small groups. We specialise in holidays to Orkney and Shetland.

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

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

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OPENING TIMES JAN - DEC Office Hours Mon - Thu 9.00am - 5.00pm Tours available all year round. Holidays available April to September.


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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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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 £35 Out Of Season.

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Stromabank Hotel is a small family run hotel on Hoy with panoramic views over the Pentland Firth . We use fresh local produce as much as possible to serve up wholesome affordable food. We offer bed & breakfast with evening meal.

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HOTEL Ayre Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QX T: 01856 873001 info@ayrehotel.co.uk www.ayrehotel.co.uk

The Ayre Hotel & Apartments is one of the finest & biggest hotels in Orkney with 51 bedrooms and 9 self catering apartments, restaurant, bar and function rooms for 2 - 150 persons. We have car and coach parking and just a min walk into town.

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Foveran Restaurant with Rooms Double Twin Family Ensuite

(39) £60-£300 prpn (19) £60-£300 prpn (2) £80-£350 prpn (60)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Ayre Hotel

RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS

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.

Single Double Twin Ensuite

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SMALL HOTEL

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Lynnfield Hotel

The Kirkwall Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Small country house style hotel looking northwards over Kirkwall Bay and the isles beyond. Relax and enjoy their open fires, antiques, Jacuzzis, locally sourced seafood, North Ronaldsay mutton, great wines & not to mention - over 400 malts!

Double (19) Ideally situated in the heart of the historic town of Kirkwall facing Twin (15) HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE / B&B Kirkwall Harbour, The Kirkwall Family (3) Hotel is the perfect base for Ensuite (37) exploring the Orkney Isles - we Price on request seek to deliver memorable experiences. Please call for pricing.

Single Double Twin Ensuite

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC Single We welcome guests to the historic heart of Kirkwall, where Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE fresh local cuisine meets friendly / B&B Twin Orcadian hospitality. Sample Ensuite over 1,000 malt whiskies and over 150 gins in our newly refurbished Royal Cask Bar. Free parking & Wi-Fi. DC

The Shore (8) £60-£90 prpn (14) £80-£125 prpn (8) £80-£125 prpn (30)

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For a peaceful overnight stay on Kirkwall’s historic waterfront, take a room and dine with us at The Shore. With an a la carte restaurant, we provide a haven for those in the islands to work and heaven for those to holiday.

Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

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STROMNESS C9

Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PT T: 01856 821325 taversoe@hotmail.com www.taversoehotel.co.uk

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OPEN: FEB - DEC

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

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

The Orkney Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

HOTEL

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Ferry Inn Sgl £60-£90 prpn Double (3) £85-£105 prpn Twin (1) £90-£105 prpn Ensuite (4)

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Situated on the harbour front in Orkney’s gateway port, The Ferry Inn provides an ideal base for business or leisure stays, great all day food and a cracking community bar.

Single (3) £50-£95 prpn Double (7) £85-£145 prpn Twin (4) £85-£135 prpn Family (6) £105-£168 prpn Ensuite (19) Private facilities (1)

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STROMNESS C9

HOTELS & INNS

STROMNESS C9

53-57 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850342 info@royalhotelstromness.com www.royalhotelstromness.com

The Pier Head, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA T: 01856 850298 info@stromnesshotel.com www.stromnesshotel.com

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Royal Hotel ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Single In the heart of the winding cobbled streets of Stromness, this small Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE family run hotel is an ideal place / B&B Twin to stay, whether it’s for business Family or pleasure. Our restaurant serves Ensuite local produce and we have a wide selection of beer & whisky.

HOTEL

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Stromness Hotel (2) (4) (3) (1) (10)

£50-£80 prpn £80-£125 prpn £80-£125 prpn £95-£140 pppn

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.

Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

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

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GUEST HOUSE

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Avalon Guest House LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Double A purpose built, family run property, situated in a quiet Twin HOTELS / B&B location just /a GUESTHOUSE 20 minute walk Family from Kirkwall along the sea coast. Ensuite All rooms are on the ground floor with private parking and Wi-Fi. The perfect place for a relaxing stay.

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Bellavista Guest House (2) £90 prpn (2) £70-£90 pppn (1) £100-£120 pppn (5)

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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.

BED & BREAKFAST

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

BED & BREAKFAST Berstane Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NA T: 01856 873759 hightoft@gmail.com www.hightoft.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: APR - OCT

High Toft B&B

Highland Park House Single (1) £60-£70 prpn Double (5) £90-£150 prpn Twin (1) £110-£130 prpn Ensuite (4) Private facilities (1)

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

Family run bed and breakfast in a spectacular mansion full of interesting items and period furnishings. Ideal touring base close to Kirkwall and the Highland Park Distillery. Delicious breakfasts cooked to order and spacious rooms.

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Scapa House

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. Guests have the use of the kitchen and lounge.

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£55-£70pppn (3) £80-£85 prpn (3) £80-£85 prpn (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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OPEN: JAN - DEC Single We offer comfortable, solar and wind powered island accommodation, Double HOTELS / GUESTHOUSE / B&B with birdwatching and natural Twin history activities. Half Board is Ensuite available to our guests and we also have a fully licenced bar. Additional hostel rooms and camping available.

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

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

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Carlin Skerry Bed & Breakfast (1) £41-£60 pppn (4) £41-£60 pppn (2) £41-£60 pppn (7)

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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GUEST HOUSE

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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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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Button-Ben Guest House

BED & BREAKFAST

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Mill of Eyrland Single Double Twin Family Ensuite

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

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Beautifully converted water mill with maintained workings creating unique accommodation. Lovely garden and mill burn surroundings. Three miles from Stromness and close to archaeological sites. Central Location. Orkney Mainland. Call 01856 850136 after 6.00pm

Single (1) £35-£50 pppn Double (3) £35-£45 pppn Twin (1) £35-£45 pppn Family (2) £35-£45 pppn Ensuite (4) Private facilities (1)

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BIRSAY B7

SELF CATERING

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Marwick, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NB T: 01856 874100 info@orkney-cottages.co.uk www.orkney-cottages.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Corkaquina ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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

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.

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

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Per week £450-£600 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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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

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Loons Cottage is situated on the edge of the RSPB Loons Bird SELF CATERING Reserve with fantastic uninterrupted views over the marshland. The Cottage is the perfect base for exploring archaeological sites, walking, cycling, fishing or just relaxing.

Per week £200-£290 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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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.

BURRAY F12

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

Palace Cottage is a traditional cottage which has been 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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OPEN: JAN - DEC

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

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SELF CATERING Waaness, Littlequoy Road, Burray, Orkney KW17 2SX T: 0779 195 8662 hemfam@btinternet.com www.waanessorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Palace Cottage

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

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.

Per week £450-£525 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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DOUNBY C7

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: MAR - OCT

New Holland Cottage LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Dene Cottage

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

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.

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Dale Cottage

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

Per week £390-£480 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

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Eday is Orkney’s hidden gem: unspoilt landscapes, expansive beaches, breath-taking cliffs/ caves, rare wildlife, rich fauna and interesting historical landmarks. This is one of two cosy cottages, each sleeps 5.

The Bungalow, By Evie, Orkney KW17 2NP T: 01856 721258 karenmorgan925@btinternet.com www.swannaycottageorkney.co.uk

Both cottages have 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!

Per week £400-£550 Cottage (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (4)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Swannay and Brekkan Cottages

Per week £350-£420 Cottage (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Eviedale Cottages Eviedale Cottages are located in the village of Evie. Our lovely 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 £450-£650 Cottage (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (6)

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FINSTOWN E9

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

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: APR - OCT

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Woodwick Mill ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Woodwick Mill has been renovated to provide superior self-catering 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.

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 £315-£480 Apartment (8) Apartment (4) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (4)

FINSTOWN E9

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Auld Kirk Apartments LISTING ACCOMMODATION

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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.

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

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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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Settiscarth, Finstown, Orkney KW17 2PA T: 0775 366 0407 hello@cottiscarthcottages.co.uk www.cottiscarthcottages.co.uk

Cottiscarth Cottages sit right in the heart of the West Mainland of Orkney offering stunning views of the countryside. Built in 2019 they offer modern accommodation with a high standard of finish and green energy central heating.

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Orkney Self Catering Bungalows Per week £399-£630 Cottage (1) Cottage (2) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Cottiscarth Cottages

Per week £553-£651 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

Three well equipped, family friendly Self Catering bungalows, 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.

Per week £525-£630 Cottage (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: MAY - DEC

Buan House

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Grimbister Farm Cottage

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Buan House has breathtaking, panoramic views from every SELF CATERING 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: APR - OCT

Peedie Hoose ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Wonder at beautiful scenery, incredible skies and magical SELF CATERING 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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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.

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

Enjoy the countryside on your doorstep, this lovely cottage is ideal for 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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OPEN: JAN - DEC

New Breckan Self Catering

Per week £367.50-£685 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Netherbutton Cottages Per week £220-£300 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.

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

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Rockworks Chalets LtdLISTING ACCOMMODATION

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages

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Rockworks Chalets complex consists of nine comfortable SELF CATERING self catering chalets and six self-contained en-suite bedroom units, providing ‘home from home’ accommodation. Ideal for holiday and business travellers. Short stays welcome.

Per week £385-£795 Chalet (9) Lodge (6) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (4) 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. Check us on TripAdvisor.

Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SP T: 01856 874332 alisonrobinson55@gmail.com

Per week £840-£1050 Cottage (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Benbradagh Flat ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Berstane House & Seaview Apartments

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This recently renovated flat, is attached to a modern family house SELF and hasCATERING 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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Per week £175-£275 Flat (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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

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St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SF T: 0779 685 8569 enquiries@blinkbonny.com www.blinkbonny.com

Blinkbonny is situated just 2.5 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.

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Broad Street Gardens Apartments Per week £395-£695 House (2) House (2) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Blinkbonny Holiday Homes

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

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. Private parking on site.

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

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Clay Loan Self CateringLISTING ACCOMMODATION

Crantit House

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Ideally located in the centre of Kirkwall. We offer comfortable SELFfriendly CATERING family accommodation within walking distance of Kirkwall’s historical sites, shopping and sporting facilities.

Per week £400-£550 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (5)

Two high quality self-catering apartments adjoining an 1850 circa 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.

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Per week £420-£560 Apartment (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING Junction Road, Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1AR T: 0752 509 1422 islesviewholidays@gmail.com www.kirkwallstoreapartments. co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Eastbank Cottages ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Flat 3 at The Store

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Five modern cottages set in a quiet peaceful location but only an CATERING 8SELF 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.

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

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Flat 3 is a modern two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of 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.

KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

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

Flat 4 at The Store Flat 4 is a modern two bedroom apartment situated in the heart of 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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SELF CATERING Grain House, 98 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AX T: 01856 874404 grainpark@btinternet.com www.grainpark.co.uk OPEN: JAN - DEC

Grain Park Apartment 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.

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

High Park Lodges

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We are family run, dog-friendly, self-catering lodges, ideally situated SELF CATERING 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.

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

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)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Orkney Villas ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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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 (2) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (4)

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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.

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

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.

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

St Magnus Apartment

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

Lovely two-bedroom cottage, 5 mins walk to shops, cafes, pubs, 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-£550 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

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KIRKWALL & ST OLA F9

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Shaalder Apartments

ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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

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

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Startin is ideally located for exploring both Kirkwall and Orkney as a whole. Its size and location makes the property ideal for families. Private, off-road parking and a quiet garden is available to the rear of the property.

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

Per week £367.50-£710 House (1) Bedrooms (4) Sleeps (7)

SELF CATERING 13 Buttquoy Park, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JL T: 01856 874061 enquiries@selfcatering-kirkwall centre.co.uk www.selfcatering-kirkwall centre.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Sunnydale Self CateringLISTING Orkney ACCOMMODATION

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Enjoy the south facing terrace with views over open countryside SELF CATERING towards Scapa Flow. Equipped with high speed internet, Sunnydale is a short drive to historic Kirkwall and local beaches. Hot tub hire is available by prior arrangement.

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

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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.

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

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the very comfortable Nouster Croft House, 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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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Nouster Croft House

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Bachylis Self Catering Per week £380 House (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (5)

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

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. B&B accommodation also available at Westrow Lodge.

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.

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

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

SELF CATERING

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OPEN: APR - OCT

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Little Bu ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Little Bu is a spacious modern Norwegian-style chalet set in a SELFlocation CATERING quiet 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.

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

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Traditional Orkney stone built cottage with a flagstone roof. 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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Smoogro Road, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RB T: 0781 453 7046 orkneyshorecottage@gmail.com www.orkneyshorecottage.co.uk

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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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Old Point

Per week £475-£550 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Owlswood Lodge Per week £200-£320 Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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

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Scorradale Road, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF T: 01856 811268 info@scapaflow-lodges.co.uk www.scapaflow-lodges.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Scapa Flow Lodges ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Trumland Farm Steading

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

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

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See Rousay, Know Orkney, where a warm welcome awaits you at Trumland Farm. Contemporary conversion of traditional farm buildings on organic farm for a memorable stay. Short lets possible. Daily rates. Mobile: 0754 537 4029

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

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

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

West Shaird ACCOMMODATION LISTING

Instabillie Self Catering

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An attractive farmhouse situated in a stunning location overlooking SELF CATERING 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.

Per week £400-£650 House (1) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (6)

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Two traditional Orkney cottages renovated to a high standard. 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.

Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR T: 01856 841501 manager@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.

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Skaill House Apartments

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Unigar Cottages Per week £500-£925 Apartment (1) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (3) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (6) Sleeps (4)

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Unigar is a group of three recently built, well designed, 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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Stenness, Orkney KW16 3HA T: 0782 696 4347 info@millofeyrland.com www.millofeyrland.com

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Hoy Sound Cottage LISTING ACCOMMODATION

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Welcome to Hoy Sound, a two bedroom cottage situated in SELF CATERING Stenness close to the main archaeological sites. Outstanding 180 degree views over to the picturesque town of Stromness, Hoy Sound and the the Hoy hills. Call 01856 850136 after 6.00pm

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

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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

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Feawell Self Catering LISTING ACCOMMODATION

Fisherman’s Cottage and Lyness House Studio Flat

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Situated in an idyllic location overlooking Orphir, Hoy Hills and SELFFlow. CATERING Scapa 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.

Per week £250-£380 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.

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

Stunning seafront location. Very central to all amenities. The House - for shared option. Per room let - to Couples etc. Whole let - Divers or Students. Group option - House + Cottage. Shorter stays possible. 10 min Walk - Ferry & Bus stop.

Per week Per week £350-£1400 £560 House (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (4) Bedrooms (2) Ensuite (4) Sleeps (4+) Sleeps (12+)

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

Harbourlee House and Harbourlee Cottage

Per week £300-£400 Studio (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (3)

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Howe Holiday Homes 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.

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20/24 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DF T: 01856 850345 enquiries@orkneyescapes.co.uk www.orkneyescapes.co.uk

SELF CATERING 80 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850183 echalmers.7880@gmail.com www.cottageguide.co.uk/norday

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Merchant’s House and Fisherman’s Cottage

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Norday Self Catering

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Elegantly renovated, spacious and luxurious 18th Century Merchant’s SELFand CATERING House 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.

Per week £425-£1225 House (1) Cottage (1) Bedrooms (4) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (8) Sleeps (3)

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

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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.

STROMNESS C9

Per week £295-£495 Flat (1) Flat (2) Bedrooms (1) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (2) Sleeps (4)

SELF CATERING

4-Star modern beautifully finished apartments SANDSTONE, GRANITE & WESTSLATE, peaceful location,10 mins walk to shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, harbour & bus station, free unlimited WiFi, private parking. Check website for winter offers.

TANKERNESS H9

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

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

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

The Shed Up the Lane

Per week £375-£650 Apartment (2) Apartment (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (5) Sleeps (2)

OPEN: MAR - OCT

Rerwick Cottage Per week £300-£380 Studio (1) Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2)

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

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Toab, Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QU T: 01856 877782 office@sebaymill.co.uk www.sebaymill.co.uk

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OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Sebay Mill Holiday Apartments ACCOMMODATION LISTING

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Situated 10 minutes from Kirkwall, this old Orkney mill has been CARAVANS CAMPING 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 £525-£795 Apartment (3) Apartment (2) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4) Sleeps (3)

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

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

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

CARAVAN & CAMPING Queena Cottage, Swannay, Orkney KW17 2NS T: 0787 819 3710 queena@homeorkney.co.uk www.aurora.homeorkney.co.uk

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: JAN - DEC

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

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

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

Orkney Caravan Park at The Pickaquoy Centre is a high-quality site with camping pods located centrally in Orkney. Adjacent to excellent leisure facilities including swimming pools, café and cinema. A short walk from Kirkwall town centre.

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Wheems Camping Eco Pods and Cottage Hardstand pitches - electric (28) Hardstand pitches - no electric (4) Grass pitches - electric (3) Grass pitches - no electric (44) Camping pod (1) Camping pod (1) (5) Sleeps (6) Sleeps

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

OPEN: MAR - DEC

Orkney Caravan Park

Per week £385-£483 Caravan (1) Caravan (1) Bedrooms (2) Bedrooms (3) Sleeps (4) 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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Ayre Houses, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QX T: 01856 877177 info@stayinkirkwall.co.uk www.stayinkirkwall.co.uk

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

OPEN: JAN - DEC

OPEN: APR - SEP

The Peedie Hostel and The Bothy Self Catering

Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Warm and welcoming, in a quiet location on the edge of the Royal HOSTELS Burgh of Kirkwall, this is a great base for exploring the historic sights and wonderful wildlife of Orkney. Facilities include shared accommodation and private rooms.

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Quaint hostel overlooking the harbour in the town of Kirkwall in 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.

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

Junior Senior Dorms Ensuite Sleeps

OPEN: JAN - DEC

Papa Westray Hostel £9-£10 £18-£20 (3) (1) (10)

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.

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Trumland Farm, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T: 01856 821252 trumland@btopenworld.com

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Rousay Hostel and Campsite 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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OPEN: JAN - DEC Modern well equipped hostel in a converted barn, which is HOSTELS 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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Brown’s Hostel and House Senior Dorms Private Sleeps

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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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STAYING IN ORKNEY From welcoming hotels to cosy self catering, charming guest houses and B&B’s to budget-friendly 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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