Birsay Outdoor Centre

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.