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Stylishly refurbished in plum and grey, this central but peaceful hotel is Kirkwall’s finest address. Comfortable contemporary rooms in a variety of categories sport superinviting beds and smart bathrooms...
Houton Bay Lodge
Particularly good for families or business folk, this old seaplane base has been extensively refurbished, and the stylish rooms decked out with pine furniture are top-notch (room 5 is a fave)...
Right on the waterfront, this 200-year-old hotel has been recently renovated, leaving its low-ceilinged, large-bedded rooms looking very spruce. It's definitely worth paying the extra few pounds to grab one with a sea view.
Kirkwall Youth Hostel
This functional hostel is a 15-minute walk from the centre, set in a prefabricated former naval barracks...
Located on the shore of Harray Loch and family-run for over 30 years, the Merkister Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. It features impressive views over the famous loch and its surroundings...
Situated on the Orkney Island, 14 miles from Kirkwall, Smithfield Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with free parking, a bar, and a restaurant. Kirkwall airport is 30 minutes’ drive away...
New price structure £15.00 per bed price includes continental breakfast and free cycle hire£18.00 for single occupancy of a twin room price includes continental breakfast and free cycle hire£45...
Lagganbeg Guest House
Lagganbeg Guest House is a few minutes walk away from the town's many breathtaking views and wonderful charms. We offer six small ensuite rooms with every thing for an overnight stay with free wi-fi in both rooms and public areas...
This large rustic house does everything right, with smashing rooms of a great size, and engaging owners who put on quality breakfasts and take pride in thinking of new innovations to further improve guests' comfort levels...
No timetables reign at this imposing house with arcing coastal vistas; make your own breakfast when you feel like it. Your welcoming hosts have introduced a raft of green solutions for heating, fuel and more...
One of the Orkney Islands’ most charming B&Bs, this is a welcoming stone house near the sea...
Brinkies Guest House
Just a short walk from the centre, but with a lonely, king-of-the-castle position overlooking the town and bay, this exceptional place offers five-star islander hospitality...
Old Hall Cottage
If you’re after a self-catering option, check out this renovated 200-year-old cottage with impeccable facilities (sleeps up to six), gorgeous gardens and lovely views. It’s a good spot for a zen moment.
Heart of Neolithic Orkney
Characterful and a bit chaotic; this could make a relaxing away-from-it-all retreat, with great starwatching on clear nights and opportunities for various workshops for adults and children.
The welcoming and family-friendly Kettletoft is a refurbished elderly statesman near the centre of the island...
Harbourside Guest House
The owners of Miller's House also run the well-located Harbourside Guest House.
Perched on the hill above Longhope, the small atmospheric Stromabank has very acceptable, refurbished en suite rooms, as well as an attractive bar, offering tasty home-cooked meals (£6 to £10) using lots of local produce.
Rackwick Outdoor Centre
Newly refurbished, this cosy spot, 6 miles from the ferry at Moaness, is a snug, clean place, popular with walkers, with two four-bed dorm rooms. You can also camp outside and use the facilities (per night adult/child £4.50/3).
Beltane Guest House & Hostel
Owned by the local community co-op, this comprises a 20-bed hostel and a guesthouse with four simple and immaculate rooms with en suite and self-catering kitchen access. It’s just over a mile north of the ferry...
Warm and homelike, this small hotel right in the heart of things is likeably out of the ordinary, and features cosy rooms with narrow, comfortable beds; rates vary slightly depending on the room you choose. In winter you can use the hotel’s kitchen...
This welcoming B&B is nestled at the base of Ward Hill, on a working farm 1 mile south of the ferry terminal. It has spectacular views over Scapa Flow and offers tours and a taxi service.
Ankersted is a great place to stay, with fine rooms, all with private bathroom. The upstairs lounge and balcony area, overlooking Watersound Bay and Churchill Barrier 4, are exclusively for guests’ use. Stay a week and you get a free night.
This excellent, intimate, modern 13-bed hostel is an Orcadian gem. It’s heated throughout and has an inviting lounge, complete with DVD collection. The price includes bed linen, shower and pristine kitchen facilities; local advice comes free...