Brinkies Guest House

Top choice b&b in Stromness

Just a short walk from the centre of Stromness, but with a lonely, king-of-the-castle position overlooking the town and bay, this exceptional place offers five-star islander hospitality. Compact, modern rooms are handsome, stylish and comfortable, and the public areas are done out attractively in wood, but above all it's the charming owner's flexibility and can-do attitude that makes this place so special.

Breakfast is 'continental Orcadian' – a stupendous array of quality local cheese, smoked fish and homemade bere bannocks (a wheat-barley bread). Want a lie-in? No problem, saunter down at 10am. Don't want breakfast? How about a packed lunch instead? To get here, take Outertown Rd off Back Rd, turn right on to Brownstown Rd, and keep going.