Chalmersquoy Accommodation, Chalmersquoy, Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BZ
The Barn is part of Chalmersquoy Accommodation and offers four-star quality hostel accommodation and camping facilities It is open all year round and is situated in Westray in Orkney, which is known as the Queen of the Isles. The Barn has excellent kitchen and lounge facilities and offers one double, one family and three twin bunk rooms, all with a sea view. It is in a great location to explore the many cliffs, beaches, seabirds and walks that our island has to offer. You can also explore the Heritage Centre, craft businesses and well stocked local shops. If you don’t want to cook in, the Pierowall Hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Barn and offers excellent food and bar facilities. The famous fish and chip shop is open on Wednesday and Saturday eveningsThis accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.
or call Michael & Teenie Harcus on
12: 3×2 (bunk), 1×2 (dbl), 1×4
All year. If we're in, we're open.
£22pp or £190 per night for exclusive use.
Booking advisable. No deposit required.
Westray is one of the north isles of Orkney. Travel to Westray with Orkney Ferries (Tel: 01856 872044 to book car) or Loganair (Tel: 01856 872494). From Rapness Ferry turn right and drive north for 7 miles. You will then see Pierowall Village. The Barn is on the outskirts of Pierowall Village. It is well signposted and central to all facilities.
There is a bus service available from Rapness Ferry Terminal to Chalmersquoy. This bus service is available on request during the winter season. The number to phone to request the bus is 07789 034289 (Kenneth Harcus).
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A warm family welcome.
The Barn, part of a range of accomadation offered at Chalmersquoy in Westray, is a beautifully renovated farm building on the edge of Pierowall, the island’s main town. The Harcus family have been here since, since -ooh- a long time ago. The Barn sleeps 12 in rooms for twos, threes and fours. The star of the show is the open plan ‘Laft’ with skylights, wooden features and comfortable chairs from which to enjoy the sea view. The family thing is important here. Visitors comment on the welcome, on the facilities and how this hostel is ‘a cut above’.
Their website invites guests to local events – typically hospitable of an island of only 600 people – notably the Westray Regatta (the last Saturday in July) with al the boats in the bay, a viking flavoured torch parade and boat burning followed by a dance at night. The musical theme continues as Micheal harcus is a gifted musician and organises weekly gigs in the ‘ Graand Owld Byre at Chalmersquoy‘. A varied mix of traditional, folk, country and family harmonies could be tasted all in one evening. After the music there is supper to follow each concert with lots of homebakes. These rmind your correspondent of the heritage and community of Levon Helm’s midnight rambles. Needless to say, I approve.
Of course you’ll want to get out and about, to leave the cosy charms of the hostel and taste the sea air. Although Westray is a moderately sized Orkney Island, it is still entirely explorable on foot or cycle. The sea is always present. The wildlife a constant companion. the spectacular sea cliffs around Noup Head are home to thousands of seabirds including an enormous colony of guillemot, black-legged kittiwake, razorbill and puffins. I am lead to believe that otter frequent the shores and we have photographic proof of seals basking ungainly on the beach.
Like its neighbours, Westray is imprinted with its history and heritage. Visit Noltland Castle to feel some of the turbulent stories like its role in the death of Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Find the oldest human figure in Britain: The Westray Wife. Explore the churches overlying older sacred sites.
On the Isle of Westray in Orkney, known as the Queen of the Isles.
Welcome to The Barn at Chalmersquoy, on Westray in Orkney, known as the Queen of the Isles. The Harcus family have been running The Barn hostel and the campsite since the turn of the century. Situated at the edge of Pierowall village, Chalmersquoy is in easy walking distance of the shops, hotel, craft shops, Heritage Centre, café, swimming pool and playpark. Chalmersquoy Accommodation is open all year round.