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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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: email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
TRANSPORTATION ON THE ISLAND
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
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 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.
Norman W Brass
Self Drive Car Hire
Blue Star Garage, North End Road,
Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AG
Tel: 01856 850850 / Fax: 01856 850985
J D Peace Cars
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1GR
Tel: 01856 879600 / Fax: 01856 875300
John G Shearer & Sons
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1QY
Tel: 01856 872950
A1 Car Hire/Colin Gregg Cars
Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RE
Telephone: 01856 870900
Mobile: 07856 870900
Grainshore Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1FL
Telephone: 01856 877551 / Fax 01856 871738