Birsay Outdoor Centre, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LY
Birsay Hostel in the northwest corner of the Orkney mainland offers comfortable accommodation for up to 26 in 5 bedrooms. It is an ideal venue for outdoor education trips, weddings, workshops, clubs or family gatherings. It has a well equipped kitchen, dining area and small lounge, drying room, disabled access, and all bed linen is provided. There is a campsite in the extensive grounds with a level firm grassy site for touring caravans, motor homes and tents. Dogs are welcom on the campsite but not in the hostel. The centre is close to spectacular coastline including the RSPB reserve of Marwick Head. Nearby at the Brough of Birsay you can see the remains of early Christian and Norse settlements on a tidal island, The centre is convenient for visiting Orkney’s 5,500 year old Neolithic Heartland (UNESCO World Heritage site), with the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Tomb of Maeshowe and Skara Brae.This accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.
or call Orkney Islands Council on
01856 873535 ext. 2430
OS sheet 7 GR 253267.
For buses from Kirkwall and Stromness contact Orkney Coaches (01856 870555). Ferries from Scrabster, (Northlink Ferries 01856 872044), to Gills Bay, (Pentland Ferries 01856 831226). Foot passenger ferries from John O'Groats, summer only (John O'Groats Ferry 01955 611353)
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The magic of Orkney.
Birsay Hostel, is run by the Orkney Islands Council and offers a range of room sizes from 2 to 10 as well as camping facilities. With comfortable shared facilities including a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, lounge and crucially a drying room. But who is going to be lingering indoors? You’re staying on Mainland, Orkney! Get out and Explore!
On the largest island in the Orkneys, Birsay is right up on the northern coast. The hostel itself overlooks the inland Loch of Boardhouse on one side and the sea on the other, literally surrounded by rolling hills as far as the eye can see!
I’ve written elsewhere about the magic of Orkney’s 5,500 year old ‘Neolithic Heartland’ which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Tomb of Maeshowe and Skara Brae. Birsay is a good place to be based to explore these. Of course people flock like the birds themselves to enjoy birdwatching here and the RSPB reserve at Marwick Head is a treat. Standing stones and a lone sentinel tower overlooking high layered cliffs. Magnificent.
Birsay Outdoor Centre and Hostel has joined the Independent Hostels UK network
Birsay Outdoor Centre and Hostel has joined the Independent Hostels UK network. Set close to the stunning coastline by Birsay, in the northwest corner of the Orkney Mainland. This recently refurbished hostel offers comfortable 3 star accommodation in 5 bedrooms, sleeping 26 persons in total. Camping is available in the extensive grounds with 13 electric hook-ups for tents, campervans and caravans. The centre and site is fully accessible for disabled guests.