Hotels in Orkney
Merkister Hotel, Loch Harray, Orkney
A fantastic lochside location with panoramic views midway between Kirkwall and Stromness on the shores of Loch Harray, this friendly hotel, run by the MacDonald family, is a perfect base. Wildlife and walks are on your doorstep, and you are only 15 minutes drive from the two main towns. There are 15 en-suite bedrooms with all the usual extras, including superior rooms and terraced suites with extra large rooms. The three suites are adapted for the disabled. The residents' lounge hosts a courtesy bar or you can relax in the conservatory. The award winning restaurant "Skerries" serves wonderful meals and has an extensive wine list.
The Lynnfield Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney
Antiques, wood panelling and open fires create an informal atmosphere of warmth. The lovely bay view from the retaurant can distract from the excellent menus, changed daily to suit fresh local ingredients including Westray organic salmon, crab & scallops, Orkney steak and the seaweed-fed North Ronaldsay mutton. There are around 250 malt whiskies to keep you interested too. The 10 spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with bath & shower, include suites and four-poster rooms (with jacuzzi baths) as well as a ground floor bedroom.
Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney
The Ayre Hotel overlooks the harbour only 5 minutes walk from the historic town centre, St. Magnus Cathedral and other attractions. Management and staff offer a warm welcome and guarantee their guests a comfortable, peaceful stay. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, the Ayre Hotel offers an excellent base. 51 en-suite bedrooms, including 3 on ground floor. Supplement for harbour view room: £10 per room, per night.
Cleaton House Hotel, Island of Westray, Orkney
Family run small hotel with six en-suite bedrooms finished to a high standard. The cuisine emphasises local produce. There are regular ferries from Kirkwall to Westray and it is easy to explore the island by bike, car or organised tour. This was one of the earliest parts of Orkney to be settled by Vikings. Castle o' Burrian is considered the best place in Orkney to see puffins and also hundreds of nesting fulmars.
Sands Hotel, Burray, Orkney
Newly modernised to a high standard, the Sands Hotel has considerable character, located in a former 19th century herring station in a quiet location on the shores of Scapa Flow. Fifteen minutes drive from Kirkwall crossing the scenic Curchill Barriers. All rooms enjoy sea views. Two suites are also available. Taste of Orkney award winner.
Guest Houses and B&B's in Orkney
Westrow Lodge, Orphir, Orkney
An absolutely wonderful Norwegian style timber house with magnificent Scapa Flow views and two spacious bedrooms. Large open plan dining and lounge area. It is a short drive to Stromness & Kirkwall and ideal for day trips to Hoy. There are also self catering Buxa Farm Chalets sleeping up to 6 each.
Polrudden Guest House, Kirkwall, Orkney
A friendly, family run house with 7 en-suite bedrooms, including ground floor bedrooms, and a large private car park. In a peaceful location 10 minutes walk from the town centre and close to Kirkwall's sports complex.
Avalon House, Kirkwall, Orkney
Avalon House is a purpose built guest house. Home cooking, a warm welcome and home comforts await you. There are 5 en-suite bedrooms. The house is in a quiet location with views from the dining room over Kirkwall Bay, and is only twenty minutes walk from the town centre. Private parking.
Self Catering Accommodation in Orkney
Atlantis Lodges, Finstown, Orkney
Atlantis Lodges border the shores of the Bay of Firth in Finstown, midway between Kirkwall and Stromness on the A965. In a central location, they are ideal for touring, historic sites, nature reserves or visiting Orkney's smaller islands. There are two types of self contained waterside apartments available; 5 family/four person lodges and 9 two person lodges at the water's edge, all with panoramic views over the Bay of Firth. They are available all year round for one night or longer, beginning any day of the week.
Buxa Farm Chalets, Orphir, Orkney
Three Norwegian style semi-detached wooden chalets situated between Houton and Stromness in Orphir. Waterfront property on 20 acres of unspoilt land with stunning panoramic views of Scapa Flow and the Island of Hoy. They are very comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Each lodge has two bedrooms, each with zip-link beds, and a double bed settee in the lounge.