Orcades Hostel, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1RS

Call Erik or Sandra on 01856 873745


Welcome to Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this modern, comfortable 4 star hostel which makes an excellent base for exploring the beautiful Orkney isles.

This hostel is run by a family who have carefully considered the guest's comfort and created a homely feel.

Accommodation is in doubles, twins, 4 and 6 bedded rooms (mixed or single sex). All of the bedrooms have en suite toilet/shower rooms, TVs and all bedding is provided. There is a stylish fully equipped kitchen, including oils and spices for cooking. The lounge has a DVD player, XBOX 360, lots of board games, books and free internet access.
There is WiFi throughout the building.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    34: doubles, twin, 4 and 6 bed
  • Open:

    All year. Check in after 2pm. Check out by 10am on day of departure.
  • Price per night:

    £22 pp in a shared room, £60 for a double or twin room. Winter rates available.
  • Booking:

    Book by email, phone or online. Credit or debit card details must be given to secure bookings.
  • Directions:

    Take Pickaquoy Rd from roundabout at the west side of the waterfront. Proceed for 300m, turn left onto Muddisdale Rd and hostel is after 500m.
  • Public Transport:

    Kirkwall is the centre for buses on mainland Orkney and the harbour is the hub for ferries to the Northern Isles.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term, New Year, February Half Term and Easter.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
sComputer with internet
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
9Best Price Guarantee


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Ness of Brodgar soon opens to the public

February 10th 2019

Take a trip back in time at the 5,000 year old site close to Orcades Hostel

If you have been inspired by the archaeological excavations at the Ness of Brodgar (featured in the BBC 2 programe, Ancient Capital, Secrets of Orkney) then why not make a visit to Orkney and stay at Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall. The Ness of Brodgar will be open to the public from Wednesday 5th July until Wednesday 23rd August. Take a trip back in time at the 5,000 year old site with a free tour every weekday at 11am and 1pm. Orcade Hostel in the current Orkney capital, is surrounded by shops, cafes and bars and just 15 mins from the Ness of Brodgar site.


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Visit the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall

January 3rd 2018

Orcades Hostel provides a great base in Krikwall

Orcades Hostel provides a great base in Krikwall, the capital of Orkney.  From this comfortable self catering accommodation you can take a ferry to the Northern Isles or ride a bike to the Ring of Brodgar.  Kirkwall is a great base for a tour of Orkney. It has the ferry port for boats ferries to Shetland, Aberdeen and the Northern Isles, and the hub of the bus network thought the mainland island of Orkney. Orcades Hostel is close to the centre of Kirkwall so you can explore the shops, discover the medieval architecture of St. Magnus Cathedral,and Bishop’s Palaces and take a walk out in the evening to enjoy live music in the pubs. Kirkwall is also a great base for exploring Orkney by bike and the hostel has secure cycle storage. The island has had plenty of historic Norse visitors and there are some great historical and archaeological sites within cycling distance, including the massive stone of the Ring of Brodgar, the burial tom of Maeshowe and the prehistoric village of Skara Brae.

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Orcades Hostel

September 27th 2017

Experience Orkney and all its story-book magic.

You’d be unsurprised to hear that The Orcades Hostel is in The Orkneys. The Orkneys. A cluster of islands. Tall sandstone cliffs and buttresses. Neolithic homes dug from the ground. Fishing boats creaking aganist the harbour. Huge skies. The thread of vikings woven through everything.  Welcome to Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall. 5 minutes from the largest settlement and 5 minutes from the middle of tranquillity. 

This family run hostel prides itself on warm and friendly hospitality.  Explore their gallery on their website to see the very high standard of their rooms. Even though you dweller of the mainland may feel like you’re miles from anywhere Orcades Hostel provides all the mod cons a modern traveller would need. 

As if you needed another prompt to visit: the annual Oracadian Storytelling Festival is coming up soon too! What is the collective noun for storytellers? A yarn? An eloquence? Whatever, between the 26th and 29th October, this magical landscape of Orkney plays host to them. Could you imagine a better location for it?


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