Two charming 1800’s 4-star historic self-catering Cottages located right on the Stromness Harbour and waterfront. Retaining the charm of yesteryear, yet equipped with every modern amenity and tastefully decorated with contemporary stylish furnishings - the best of both worlds. Located on 10 & 18 South End in Stromness, the heart of the Orkney Islands.

17 September 2021

"Hi Rosemary

Thank you for your email to Gary. We will do as you suggest with the recycling material.

On a personal note, I would just like to thank you for allowing us to stay in your fabulous property, it is outstanding and in 40 years of renting holiday properties it is by far the best. Thank you also for your generosity regarding toilet paper and washing and foodstuffs. It makes such a difference to be able to cook in the property and eat outside at leisure. Thank you also for the weather!!!! What a pleasant surprise that has been.

We would love to return again next year but are struggling to find availability for 2022, so would appreciate it if you could help us with that. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Many many thanks."

Jill and Gary Allen

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15 August 2021

What a location! The bothy is right on the water with absolutely enchanting views. The house is slightly set back, has loads of space and all the facilities you could possibly want for a week or longer, including things like a dishwasher and dryer. Stromness itself is unique and utterly charming, and the whole Orkney mainland is easy to explore by car and then foot. Communication with Rosemary was excellent throughout, and made our stay simple and relaxed. We hope to come back!

Beren and Karen

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29 July 2021

My family and I stayed in the cottage for a week in July 2021. We are a family of two adults and three children (10yr, 7yrs and 7yrs). The cottage was awesome and we had a great week. The cottage was perfectly located for both walking into and out of Stromness but also day trips to most of the islands of the Orkney archipelago. The children loved being by the sea and watching the boats come in and out along with the tide and we were fortunate that the weather allowed us to have many of our meals in the garden overlooking the sea. A great place that I would recommend to anyone wanting to explore Orkney

Anthony

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12 June 2021

We are back safely home and just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed your cottage and being able to use your slipway for our canoes and boards to go out on the sea most mornings.  We even swam (intentionally) on a few occasions.  Thanks once again for giving us just what we needed!

John

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28 May 2021

Loved being on the seafront, yet in walking distance to the golf course, shops and art centre.    Our favourite walk of the day was from the Cottage to Warbeth beach, since the walk hugs the sea.  Such a treat. Thanks again so much for letting us stay in your place.

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08 May 2021

Just to let you know we have arrived back home and just want to touch base to let you know how very much we enjoyed our time in your seafront cottage.  Our best was sitting on the pier eating the dishes we prepared with all the local fare available.  Thank you Rosemary for your hospitality.  We feel we have had a real holiday.  All the best for the rest of the year.

Ruth

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25 April 2021

Thanks so much for last week’s stay - providing everything we might need and more. You have thought of everything.  Looking forward to next year’s booking already – you just can’t beat being right on the sea like that.

Virginia

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14 April 2021

We had the most amazing short break at 40 Alfred St. we originally book number 36 but shortly before we arrived Rosemary upgraded us. What an amazing cottage. I have stayed in many Airbnb’s and this has to be one of the best. It’s a cosy, warm yet spacious former fisherman’s cottage. So well decorated and full of everything you could possibly need in a holiday cottage. The kitchen was so well equipped. Having a bathroom on both floors was a great bonus. So many lovely little extras. A huge range of teas and coffees and all the other condiments you could possibly need The bookshelves were crammed full of books and games. Never seen such a selection. We were so lucky to have great sunny weather. Sitting outside with a coffee and a Book whilst the boats sailed past, then cosy by the fire with some wine in the evening. Just heavenly. Communication with Rosemary was excellent and nothing was to much trouble. I can’t to come back and stay again.

Steve

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5 April 2021

“Working over Easter was not as arduous with your well-equipped cottage.  Will be back”

Alistair.

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31st March 2021

“Your place made our work here so much more enjoyable. Thank you.” 

Magnus.

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18 March 2021

“Really enjoyed the desk, fast Wi-Fi and facilities at your place while having to do work on the Islands, Thanks – will be back”.

Tim

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4 March 2021 ‘

Thank you for hosting us during our work on the line.  Staying at your cosy seafront cottage made our work stay so much more enjoyable”. 

Joseph.

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19 February 2021

“What an amazing place to stay. The place is immaculate throughout,all bedrooms are en-suite. The view from the private harbour front is as calming as it is beautiful. There is everything you will need with the apartment. There is the largest selection of herbs and spices available outside of a Michelin starred restaurant. Would recommend to anyone that wants a quiet getaway in Orkney,yet close enough to venture to all of the historic/ancient attractions”

Steve

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10 November 2020

“We absolutely loved our stay at South End. The house was beautiful, cosy and homely and perfect for a quiet few days away. There was nothing we needed that wasn’t available. Coffee on the pier in the morning was the best way to start a day and we were lucky enough to have the company of a seal on our last day as the sun came up. Rosemary was a wonderful host and very helpful when answering our queries. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back to Stromness. When we do, we’d definitely be looking to stay in one of Rosemarys properties.”

Laura

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25 October 2020

"Just to say that we all had a wonderful week in your beautifully restored house by the sea and hope to come back some day.  We are home again with very happy memories of our stay."

Elizabeth.

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18 May 2020

"So sorry we missed our annual Easter Orkney treat at your seafront cottage Rosemary due to Covid-19, but so glad you are now able to accommodate us in August!  Can’t have a year without my seafront cottage dose!"

Anne Williams.

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13 May 2020

"Morning Rosemary, so glad you have been able to swap our May booking for end July – so glad we have been able to take advantage of the cancellation you had!  Can’t wait – we really need this holiday!."

Adam Burstein.

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15 April 2020

"Dear Rosemary, thanks so much for moving our April booking to July – we were heartsore to have to miss out on the holiday.  Look forward to it so much, especially after all of what has been happening."

June Sinclair.

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23 March 2020

“Fantastic accommodation with fabulous views. I would highly recommend this holiday cottage. Rosemary is superb with a very quick response to any questions you may have before and during your stay.”

Julie

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19 March 2020

This house is a (not so)wee gem! Set over three floors in a lovely location at the water’s edge, it is decorated nicely, beautifully clean, good bed linens, loads of thoughtful touches, quality appliances and laundry facilities... I could go on! Stromness was the perfect base for our first trip to Orkney and it won’t be our last. Beautiful sunrises, loads of birds and it was lovely to watch the ferry going back and forth from the pier too. I recommend this house to anyone needing plenty space in a superb spot in Stromness!

Laura

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25 February 2020

Staying at 40 Alfred Street will not disappoint

Barry

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24 February 2020

A great house in an fantastic location. 7 of us stayed for 3 nights. Despite the weather we had a lovely stay in the house and enjoyed the views over the harbour. The bedrooms were really well equipped with stylish decor and comfortable beds. The self contained part of the house in the basement was ideal for my mum and dad. All in all a lovely property and I would recommend to others.”

Rebecca

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24 February 2020

Je recommande très chaleureusement cette location. Réactivité et gentillesse de la propriétaire, emplacement idéal, maison douillette et très joliment décorée. Une adresse formidable pour découvrir l’île !

I highly recommend this rental. Responsiveness and friendliness of the owner, ideal location, cozy and very nicely decorated house. A great place to discover the island!

Véronique

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19 February 2020

A gorgeous house which looked even more impressive in real life than in the pictures. We absolutely loved it . Rosemary and her team were really helpful and flexible when we needed an extra night due to a cancelled ferry, which made a stressful situation instantly okay. Massive thanks. We'll be back!

Barbara

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13 February 2020

Amazing location, kitchen well stocked and wonderful cottage, if I'm ever in orkney I'll be staying there again

Aaron

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10 February 2020

Recommend this as a lovely home in a fascinating area. All attention to detail is made there for comfort and warmth.”

Clive

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13 January 2020

“36 Alfred St is the perfect base for exploring Stromness and the perfect home to return to.”

Michael

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11 December 2019

"Hi Rosemary 

Really loved the cottage. Exceptionally cozy and we loved the feeling of homing down and cooking comfort food in your well-equipped kitchen while enjoying the dramatic views of the boisterous sea right outside.  The sunrises at this time of the year across the sea are exceptional – could not be a better way to enjoy one’s cuppa coffee in the mornings, while sitting on the pier.  We feel well rested and stress free.  Thank you!"

Thanks again

John

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02 December 2019

"Very comfortable cottage. We'll appointed kitchen, lovely sea views from the Bothy. Lots of helpful communication from Rosemary. Really enjoyed our stay, thank you.”

Joe

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19 November 2019

“Gorgeous cottage right on the see front. My husband & I had a lovely visit to Rosemary's place, and she's a great host -- very responsive and helpful. Make sure you have a morning coffee watching the sea and the seals if you spot them! Very nourishing place to go. Highly recommend to anyone.”

Venetia - Airbnb

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19 November 2019

“A fantastic place to stay in Stromness. A very central location and the accommodation is very comfortable. Check in was very straightforward and the hosts were very welcoming. Would definitely recommend.”

Sarah

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18 November 2019

“Do not hesitate to book, house is fantastic in a fantastic location, lots of lovely homely touches.”

Tracie

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17 November 2019

“Great place. Everything about this place is amazing. Would recommend this to anyone.”

Thomas

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23 October 2019

“Lovely clean and cosy cottage. Child friendly and little touches throughout to make your stay effortless and comfy”

Keira

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23 October 2019

“The house is amazing!! It has everything you'd need for a brilliant holiday. Wonderful location with amazing views and great history associated with the house. Cant recommend this place enough.”

Ger

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19 August 2019

“We had a fantastic stay in Stromness. The house was lovely in so many ways. It was clean, comfy, and amazingly kitted out for self-catering. The views from the pier out back were stunning and the garden area was lovely too. I enjoyed sitting out on the pier early in the morning with a cup of tea, watching the water and the sea birds. It was very peaceful. There were plenty supplies of everything in the house and so many personal little touches that made us smile. Thank you so much and we hope to be back again in the future.”

Fiona

 

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FOODIE PLACES  (all in walking distance from the cottages, unless otherwise mentioned) 

 

The Peedie Corner Café:  3 Alfred Street.  Hot filled rolls, soups, toasties and home bakes.  Tel 07525419377.

The Tearoom:  10 Graham Place.  Kerry Sinclair bakes delicious confectionaries for you to indulge in and has lovely light meals too.  Tel: 01856 850551.

The Bayleaf:   19 Graham Place, Victoria Street, Stromness. A little gem and deli with lovely healthy gluten free options as well as cheeses, smoked fish, great coffee to take away etc. Have to go there!

The Hamnavoe:  36 Graham Place.  A highly rated restaurant, and you need to pre-book.  Sometimes, way in advance.  Tel 01856 850606

Argo’s Bakery: 50 – 52 Victoria Street.  Has general groceries as well as Orkney Fudge and Confectionaries as well as hot pies.  Take aways. Tel 01856 850245. Email: sales@argosbakery.co.uk.

The Chinese Take Away: 63 Victoria Street.  Besides tasty Chinese they also do Fish and Chips and other take aways.  Tel 01856 850248.

The Royal Hotel: 55 Victoria Street.  Has 3 pubs, 1 of them you can also enjoy a hearty meal in. There is also a more  formal restaurant (The Haven Restaurant) too. Great ales! Tel 01856 850342

Ell&Co:  22 Victoria Street.  Lovely contemporary café right on the seafront at the Stromness Harbour (opposite Stromness Hotel), 22 Victoria Street.  Tel 01856 851416.

The Stromness Hotel: 15 Victoria Street.  Has well0priced, good Orkney produce in their Scapa Flow Restaurant which over-looks the harbour. They also have award winning Orkney Ales & over 100 malt whiskies, including special bottling from the Highland Park Distillery &   Scapa Distillery (both Distilleries are based in Orkney). Have a pub too … “The Flattie”.  Stromness Harbour, Tel 01856 850298.

Julia’s Café & Bistro: John Street (diagonally opposite the Stromness Ferry Terminal ). Seating both inside and outside too on benches in summer. Great cappuccinos! Tel: 01856  850904

The Ferry Inn: 10 John Street, Stromness Harbour. Tel: 01856 850280. Cosy Pub with a great selection of Ales and locally produced beers, gins and whiskies.

Flett Family Butcher, Fruiterer and Greengrocer: 63 John Street, A country selection of local Orkney fresh produce, game birds, venison and poultry – old fashioned and quaint. Tel 01856 850309

The Co-Op: A general grocery store at 27 North End Rd (diagonally opposite the Stromness/Northlink Ferry Terminal/Harbour). You can get most of your supplies here and you can stock up with delicious Orkney milk, Orkney Cheeses, Orkney Butter, Orkney bannocks, Stockan’s Orkney oatcakes (great with Orkney cheese on them), Orkney fudge, Orkney Ice Cream, freshly baked breads and confectionaries etc.  Orkney beers, gins and whiskies too! It is conveniently open 7 days a week 7am   - 11pm. For a bigger supermarket as such, there is a large Tescos in Kirkwall, which you would need to drive to (18 Pickaquoy Rd, Kirkwall) that Is open 7 days a week 6am – midnight & on Sundays 8am to 10pm. Tel 0345 026 9658

Orkney Fish and Shellfish:  Garson Park (you need to drive there … just out of town).  All things local seafood can be bought for you to cook up an Orkney Storm … scallops, salmon, fish, crab, lobster, fish, smoked and some ready to eat and much more!  Tel 01856 850870, contact@orkneyfishshop.co.uk.

Tesco’s in Kirkwall: 18 Pickaquoy Rd, Kirkwall.  It is open 7 days a week 6am – midnight & on Sundays 8am to 10pm. Tel 0345 026 9658.

Cafelolz in Kirkwall:  If you are wanting delicious Orcadian freshly baked confectionary treats as well as gluten free dishes and/or light luncheon meals with a difference (really sumptuous!) – treat yourselves to this cute little café down a short lane (Strynd Lane) off the main street (the lane right next to Highland Park Distillery Shop and in between St. Magnus Cathedral).  Strynd, Kirkwall.  +44 1856 877714.  If you want someone to cater for yourselves while you are in Orkney or a take away meal for your family or a special occasion – Lorraine can organise this too, with a bit of advance notice.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

FERRIES ACCROSS TO ORKNEY - There are two Ferry Services to get to Orkney.

Northlink Ferry Service which proudly boats the impressive vessel The Hamnavoe, which travels between Scrabster and Stromness.  It docks right in the Stromness Harbour – a 4 minute drive to the cottages.  It is  exceptionally well-maintained and comfy.  There is a play area for the children, pleasant pub and a self-service restaurant where you can enjoy a good, well-priced meal aboard.  It is a really pleasant crossing and is part of the holiday, you also get to travel right past the Old Man of Hoy, so make sure you have your camera out, quite special!   https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/timetables/

 

Pentland Ferries has two vessels and they travel between Gills Bay (4km from John O’Groats) and an Orkney town called St Margaret’s Hope.  It is a 45-minute drive from St. Margarets Hope to Stromness where the Cottages are positioned.  It is a pleasant drive and not difficult to navigate at all.  There are also attractions along the way you might want to stop at such as the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel. https://www.pentlandferries.co.uk


FLIGHTS TO ORKNEY

There are regular Loganair flights to (Kirkwall) Orkney from Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and Aberdeen.  Kirkwall is about a 35-minute drive to Stromness, where Seafront Orkney Cottages are located. Loganair also operates scheduled island-hopping flights within Orkney, linking Mainland with the isles of Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Westray and Papa Westray.  Flying between Westray and Papa Westray is the world’s shortest scheduled flight!  Treat yourselves to this world record!  It takes under two minutes depending on the wind direction.

https://www.loganair.co.uk/destinations/scotland/orkney

https://www.loganair.co.uk/destinations/scotland/orkney-inter-island


TRANSPORTATION ON THE ISLAND

Taxis
There are no taxis waiting as such at the airport, but you can telephone or pre-organise by contacting any of these Taxis that transport guests to and from the airport regularly:
· Stromness Taxis – 01856 850750
· Orkney Taxis - 01856 875511
· Craigie's Taxis - 01856 878787
· Finstown Taxis - 07934 839058
· George's Taxis - 07541 034830
· Kirkwall Taxis - 018Bus Service

Bus Service
A bus service operated by Orkney Coaches meets the early morning and late evening flights, with a shuttle service throughout the rest of the day. Service times are available from Orkney Coaches on 01856 870 555 or from the airport Information Desk by calling 01856 886 210.

Car Hire
Car hire is a good option to look at. Prices are reasonable and it is fun to have one's own independent transport in Orkney – you will definitely end up doing more if you have your own transport and I think enjoy your holiday more. The nice thing about driving in Orkney is that it is not at all intimidating, since there are lovely quiet roads, everything is easy to find, no traffic, slow driving and you never feel stressed about driving around, since getting lost is a pleasure since everywhere you are surrounded by sea and green pastures! Even if you try you can't get too lost! You could contact the details below just to get a quote. The nice thing is that you can pick the car up at the airport and return it there, so that covers both sides too so you can maximise your last day too.

W R Tullock
Contact telephone - 01856 875 500
Email: info@wr-tullock.co.uk 
Email: airportcarrental@btconnect.com

Norman W Brass
Self Drive Car Hire
Blue Star Garage, North End Road,
Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AG
Tel: 01856 850850 / Fax: 01856 850985
Email: info@nwbrass.co.uk

J D Peace Cars
Scotts Road
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1GR
Tel: 01856 879600 / Fax: 01856 875300
Mobile: 07786956843
Email: info@jdpeacecars.com

John G Shearer & Sons
Burnmouth Road
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1QY
Tel: 01856 872950
Email: info@shearersorkney.co.uk

A1 Car Hire/Colin Gregg Cars
Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RE
Telephone: 01856 870900
Mobile: 07856 870900
Email:anna@colingreggcars.co.uk

Drive Orkney
Grainshore Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1FL
Telephone: 01856 877551 / Fax 01856 871738
Email: info@driveorkney.com