Birsay Outdoor Centre, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LY
Call Stromness Customer Services on 01856 850907 or 01856 873535 ext 2901
OverviewBirsay 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, small lounge, drying room and disabled access. All bedlinen 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 welcome 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.
Rooms & Beds:26: 2x4,1x2,1x6,1x10 + camping.
Open:April - Sept. Open all year for group bookings.
Price per night:Prices on enquiry. Private rooms or whole hostel bookings.
Booking:Bookings can be made online or by phone/email.
Directions:OS sheet 7 GR 253267.
Public Transport: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)
Walks:Local Walks Long Distance Walks
This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals and is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the Wedding Venue page, the Hostels with Camping map and the present or past youth hostel page.
Birsay was already steeped in ancient history when it became the centre of viking power
January 20th 2019
Birsay was already steeped in ancient history when it became the centre of viking power in the days of Earl Thorfin of Saga fame. Otherwise known as “the Black” and “Thorfin the Mighty”, born in the Orkney Islands and burried at the ancient “Christchurch” which is now believed to be on the site of St. Mangus’ Church located one mile from Birsay Outdoor Centre!
St. Magnus is said to have been buried on the foundations where St. Magnus’ Church now stands. Each chapter of this little island’s history has left iconic landmarks to remind us of the rich heritage this peaceful farming area once had, including centuries later, when Earl Robert Stuart, bastard brother of King James V, built his palace here…. visit Birsay to form the next layer of history.
Birsay Outdoor Centre
January 16th 2018
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.
Welcome to Birsay Hostel on Orkney
November 13th 2017
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.