The Barony Hotel, Birsay

A warm friendly welcome awaits you at The Barony Hotel, this beautiful family run establishment situated on the shores of the Boardhouse Loch in Birsay. The Property is surrounded by 3 excellent bird reserves so is the perfect location if bird watching is your passion. But if you are an avid angler then it is also close to 4 other trout fishing lochs. Archaeological sites are also abundant in Orkney, a few of which are near us for all you time team enthusiasts, and if all you are seeking is a quiet base to relax and explore the surrounding breathtaking country side Then shores and cliffs around Birsay offer fantastic walks for all levels of ramblers.

The property has 4 single rooms, 2 double rooms, 2 twins and 2 Family rooms most of which are en-suite. All are tastefully decorated for your comfort and all have tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a laundry service available and an ironing facility. Hairdryers are also available and high chairs and cots are available upon request.

A substantial breakfast is provided and is included in the price. There is a large lounge bar from which you can choose fron an extensive supper menu of beef, fish and shellfish all locally produced. Most dishes are prepared to order to maintain the freshness of local produce. If you have any special dietary needs then please inform your hosts when booking and every effort will be made to accommodate you.

There is a fully licensed bar so you can enjoy a warming drink after your exploration of this beautiful island.

Within easy reach of the hotel are the main fishing lochs of Harray, Swanney and Hundland. Boardhouse Loch is only a walk down the lawn and has surpassed both Harray and Swanney as Orkney’s top fishing loch for the past 3 years as quoted by Malcolm Russell’s monthly reports in the Trout & Salmon.

Your hosts can also provide you with boats for hire and a private harbour. And birdwatchers and walkers alike can enjoy Marwick Head.Park your car in the car park and enjoy the walk up to the cliffs edge. The seabird colony comprises of razorbills, kittiwakes and guillemots. Puffins can occasionally be spotted too. Also there is Kitchener’s Memorial. A monument built to Lord Kitchener who died when H.M.S Hampshire hit a mine and sank off the coast of Birsay in 1916.

FROM £45 pppn plus a full breakfast.

BY AIR -British Airways Express (0345 222111) fly from Birmingham, Manchester and London Heathrow via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness or Wick (daily except sunday)

BY SEA – Northlink Ferries (01856 851144) sail three times weekly from Aberdeen and twice daily from Scrabster (Caithness) to Stromness (Orkney) during the summer season.

BY ROAD -Follow the A9 north from Inverness to Thur so on to Scrabster. Coaches travel through Inverness daily (0990 505050).

The Broch of Gurness in Evie is on the coast facing Rousay and Eynehallow. It was built in the Iron Age as a fortress, then continued to be occupied by the Picts and then by the Vikings but lastly as domestic dwellings. A worthwhile visit!Earl’s Palace A short distance away in the village near the Brough of Birsay is the ruins of the Earl’s Palace. Earl Robert Stewart built it in the 16th Century.Aerial View of BroughA view overlooking the Brough of Birsay, down through Birsay itself and the Boardhouse Loch. The Brough of Birsay is a tidal island and has early Christian and Norse settlements. Puffins can also be seen along the high cliffs. Seals and Eider ducks can often be seen on the shore whilst crossing to the Brough.Red Throated Divers have some of their nests on Burgar Hill. There is a hide nearby to watch them from. The hide is easily found by watching out for 3 large aero generators that are nearby. All in all there is plenty to do and experience for all ages.

Pets Allowed | Evening Meals | Children Welcome | Parking | TV | Highchair Available | Cot | Garden/Seating Area | Tea / Coffee Making Facilities | En-Suite | Licensed Bar