Ayres Rock Hostel, Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2AY
Call Julie or Paul on 01857 600410
OverviewSanday is the perfect place to take time out, with long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, an abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering seas, clear air and spectacular skies. Those lucky enough to live here enjoy a rare quality of life in a small, friendly and safe community. Ayre's Rock Hostel has accreditation by VisitScotland and is rated at 4 stars. There are two twin rooms and one family en suite room. A conservatory and lounge area with expansive views over the Holms of Ire offers a comfortable place to relax after a day's exploration. A kitchen is available for self-catering, . One and two berth camping pods are available.
Beds & Rooms:8 : 2x2 (twin), 1x4 (en suite).
Open:All year. 8am to 10pm.
Price per night:From £19.50pp. Twin room single occupant £23.50. Groups from £60. Camping pods from £18.50pp. Twin pod £35. Cooked breakfast £8.00. Evening meals from £12.50
Booking:Book online, phone or email.
Directions:6 miles from Loth ferry terminal and 2 miles from Sanday air field.
Public Transport:Direct ferry from Kirkwall Pier to the Loth terminal in Sanday takes 1 hr 20 minutes. Passenger fares approx £16 rtn. Flying direct from Kirkwall airport to Sanday takes 11 minutes and a return flight approx £65. For local buses and taxi phone 01857 600410.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
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Where can 4 people stay for £12:50 each per night ?
February 29th 2020
Ayres Rock Camping Pods under our 2 Pod promotion that’s where. Visit and enjoy the most stunning beaches in Orkney on your doorstep.
Sanday has the most stunning beaches in Orkney and at the hosts at Ayres Rock Hostel, Paul and Julie, have good local knowledge on the best places to visit for wildlife and scenery.
In the grounds of Ayres Rock Hostel, overlooking the shoreline are three glamping pods. Each one sleeps 2 people and normally costs £35 per night, but with this two pod offer you can hire two pods for £50, so four people can enjoy this lovely glamping accommodation £12.50 each. Availability, terms and conditions apply. Get in touch for more details.
Sanday is steeped in Viking History and unique Scottish island wildlife.
January 19th 2019
Relax into the land which once supported the lifestyle of Vikings between the 9th and 12th century. Stand in their ancient footprints as you take in the serene beauty and wildlife Sanday and the northern lights have to offer.
Ayres Rock Hostel is visit Scotland 4 star accredited island accommodation. Located directly on the beach front, you can enjoy viewing the peaceful wildlife of seals, otters and birds. We are a great location for the famous Aurora and Northern lights, and while viewing them you stand in the footprints of Sanday’s rich Viking history.
Ayre’s Rock on Sanday
January 19th 2018
It takes time to savour the gentle charm.
No! Not that one, not the big red water carved dome in the Australian outback. That’s Ayer’s rock. This is Ayre’s rock. A subtle change of spelling that transports us from the hot heart of the southern hemisphere to a tiny bay bitten out of the Island of Sanday in the Orkneys. Sanday is not-quite-the most-northerly Orkney Island. Fishing boats are pulled up onto the pebbles. A seal rolls over and gazes with his big old eyes. A fisherman casts for trout. Right on the water’s edge – any closer and you’d be wet – is Ayre’s Rock. A collection of whitewashed, stone roofed buildings bathed in the low late winter sun. They are gathered round a central courtyard: the small hostel, a self catering cottage, some glamping pods and a fish and chip shop. Imagine the freshness of those fish!
The Hostel sleeps eight in 3 rooms, including an en-suite family room. The gallery on their website not only shows off the hostel facilities but also gives some wonderful wildlife pictures too. My favourite is the otters amongst the seaweed.
Again, quoting from their website, the folk of Ayre’s Rock advise that ‘it takes time to savour (Sanday’s) gentle charm’ The list of over 20 places to visit on this tiny island tends to back this up! Not mention the kitesurfing, windsurfing and blokarts. I wonder if its a bit windy up there?
anday is the perfect place to take time out, with long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, an abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering seas, clear air and spectacular skies. Those lucky enough to live here enjoy a rare quality of life in a small, friendly and safe community. Ayre’s Rock Hostel has accreditation by VisitScotland and is rated at 4 stars. There are two twin rooms and one family en suite room. A brand new conservatory and lounge area with expansive views over the Holms of Ire & Westray offers a comfortable place to relax after a day’s exploration. A kitchen is available for self-catering, continental breakfast is included. One and two berth camping pods are available. Evening meals can be provided by arrangement. Takeaways are also available from the Ayre’s Rock Chip Shop every Saturday.