Ayres Rock Hostel, Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2AY

Call Julie or Paul on 01857 600410


Sanday 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.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.


  • 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 Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2021 Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
ZDogs by arrangement


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News & Offers from Ayres Rock Hostel

Ayres Rock Hostel is now open

April 26th 2021

As of the 26th of April, Ayres Rock Hostel is open in line with guidance from the Scottish government.

After the events of the last year there’s no better time to relax and unwind, and Sanday on the Orkney Isle is just the place. Here you’ll be sure to find the fresh air, unspoiled sandy beaches and glittering seas of your dreams – with an abundance of wildlife to keep you company!


Orkney is calling YOU this August Bank Holiday!

August 18th 2020

Escape the crowds this August Bank Holiday and book into Ayres Rock Hostel. For great value accommodation in a spectacular setting.

Long long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, an abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering seas, clear air and spectacular skies……all await you.  Don’t delay, book today. 


We’re ‘Good to go’

July 9th 2020

Ayres Rock Hostel is now ‘Good to go’ certified from travel Britain. That means we’ve followed all the guidelines necessary to ensure a safe stay at our wonderful Hostel on the Isle of Sanday.

Beaches unlike any other in the British Isles, Sanday is the perfect spot for your post lockdown break. See nature at its finest with birds and seals being frequent visitors to the area.  Or take a trip to some of the rugged cliff faces and gaze out to sea. There’s a whole world to see over here don’t let it pass you by. Click here to see the measures we’ve put in place for safe visits, or you can contact us at sandayhostel@gmail.com for enquiries.

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