Orkneylodge, Orphir, Orkney, Scotland -activies

There are virtually endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The following list is far from complete but gives a good taste of what is on offer: -

  • Round Church, Orkney Saga Site, The Bu Orphir, Ward Hill. Bird reserve, great circular walks local from Scorrabrae, Hoy, Ward hill, Hoy war museum (although under reservations tours available twice weekly), Waulkmill Bay, Swanbister Beach and ancient pier, Maeshow Standing stones. Very central to most sites being 10 miles from both Kirkwall and Stromness War Museums, Isle of Hoy port only one mile from Scorrabrae. Hoy also has some great hill climbs, Old Man of Hoy, Ness dig at Stenness Five miles, John Ray museum under renovation, Hall of Clestrain, Scapa Flow.


  • Walking and cycling - there are a number of good shoreline and hillside walks in the vicinity and the area is well frequented by cyclists. For adventure further afield and/or daytrips, there is the added advantage of fast and frequent access by ferry to the nearby islands of Flotta and Hoy.

  • Nature - Houton Bay seal colony is on the doorstep, and the RSPB Hobbister Bird Reserve is nearby.

  • Historic sites - we are close to the ancient Round Kirk and Orkneyinga Saga Centre at Orphir, and within easy access of many of the other major historical sites on mainland Orkney

  • Diving - Dive boats head out daily from Stromness to explore the wrecks of Scapa Flow. Often these vessels call in at Houton Bay during the day.

  • Towns - A brief drive or bus journey will take you to the major towns of Kirkwall and Stromness, for a shopping trip, sports, cinema, and theatre or just a day or night out.
Orkneylodge is an ideal base for visiting the Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers, Skara Brae, Standing Stones, Maeshowe and the many other archaeological sites throughout Orkney mainland.