Rackwick Hostel, Rackwick Hostel, Rackwick, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ

Call Customer Services on 01856 850907 or 01856 873535 ext 2901


Rackwick Outdoor Centre Hostel is in the scenic Rackwick Valley in the north of Hoy. Much of north Hoy is owned by the RSPB, where a large variety of birds live and breed. Off the west coast of the reserve towers The Old Man of Hoy, a 137m sea stack, Orkney's most famous landmark and a great place to see puffins. Local wild flowers and bird life make this a must for naturalists to visit.

The centre overlooks Rackwick Bay considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. The hostel sleeps 8 in two rooms, two pairs of bunks per room. All bedding is provided. There's a small kitchen with a good range of utensils, and a separate eating area. Free car parking and storage to the rear of the hostel for bikes. Walkers and Cyclist Welcome scheme awarded.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    8: 2x4
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    For prices please check accommodation's website or phone.
  • Booking:

    Please book online or by phone.
  • Directions:

    In Rackwick village on the NW coast, OS sheet7 GR199998.
  • Public Transport:

    Passenger ferry from Stromness to Moaness Pier (about 10 km away). Private hire and taxis are normally available at the pier, or alternatively the walk to the hostel is via the scenic Rackwick valley which takes approximately 2 hours. Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lyness, about 21 km away. (Orkney ferries 01856 872 044/www.orkneyferries.co.uk).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks
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Small Hostels By the Sea Available to Individuals Accessible to disabled people

This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available May Day Bank Holiday 2021 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2021 Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2020 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
pClothes washing facilities
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated


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Rackwick Hostel on the Orkney island of Hoy is open

August 1st 2020

In the scenic Rackwick Valley in the north of Hoy this 3* hostel overlooks Rackwick Bay considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. It sleeps 8 across 2 rooms of 4 beds.


Visit Hoy and learn the Norse tales of Wonder

March 12th 2020

After just ten minutes on Hoy it becomes apparent how it made its way into Norse Mythology. The dramatic scenery all round serves as a powerful backdrop for an epic. The never-ending battle between Heðin and Högni…

Home to the highest sea cliffs in the UK Hoy is not to be missed. Essentially a large wildlife reserve, due to most of the island being owned by the RSPB. There’s a level of serenity that’s difficult to match anywhere else. This sharply contrasts with the islands place in Norse mythology, the scene of an unending battle between two fearsome warriors. Look out for reference to the Saga of Hild for more on this tale. Alternatively find the old man of Hoy for some incredible views, a perfect example of the beauty of Hoy. Rackwick hostel is the place to be for your Hoy adventure.

rackwick hostel on hoy orkney

Wildlife in the spectacular Rackwick Valley.

January 22nd 2019

Rackwick Hostel is located in the spectacular Rackwick Valley on the Island of Hoy. A large variety of birds live and breed on Hoy and much of the island is owned by the RSPB.

Some famous and rare bird breeds shelter in our wonderful valley, including puffins, great skuas, hen harriers, red-throated divers, and stonechats.

Rackwick hostel - Hoy island Orkney - self catered accommodation - RSPCB

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