Birsay Outdoor Centre


Orkney Islands Council, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LY

    Birsay Outdoor Centre is ideally located for spectacular coastal walks as well as close to Orkney's 5,500 year old Neolithic heartland which was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in1999.

    Birsay Outdoor Centre is situated in the northwest corner of the Orkney mainland. The centre offers comfortable, affordable accommodation in a stunning location. The Centre accommodates up to 28 people in 5 bedrooms,with family\exclusive rooms available. All bed linen is provided. There's a well equipped kitchen, dining area and small lounge, drying room and disabled access.

    The Centre is open April to September, but is available to groups outside this period. Please prebook.

    The Centre is in close proximity to a spectacular and varied coastline including Marwick Head, a RSPB reserve.
    Nearby is the Brough of Birsay which is only accessible at certain states of tide. The Centre is an ideal base to explore the World Heritage site which includes the Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, the tomb of Maeshowe and in Sandwick, the well-preserved village of Skara Brae.

    3 Hostel
    Groups Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Birsay Hostel Opening Times 2016 - Groups of 4 and over
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


    • Electric Cooker
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Gas Cooker
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Service Available
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Payphones Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden

    Special Requirements

    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Single Travellers


    • Children Welcome


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Island Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Kirkwall T.I.C. go out of Broad Street on to Castle Street then turn right on to Junction Road. Follow this road for 8 miles then turn right on to A967. Continue through Dounby village to Birsay. The centre is on the left past the community centre. From Stromness T.I.C. go on to Ferry road (A965) then turn left on to the A967 continue for 9 miles then turn left at the Phone box. The Birsay Centre is 2 miles on the left just past the community centre.

    Getting there by railway:- Scotrail from all Scottish departures to either Thurso or Wick or Aberdeen.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- British Airways (UK) either from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Wick or Sumburgh (Shetland) to Kirkwall (Orkney).

    The Centre is approx. 20 miles from Kirkwall airport.

    Getting there by ferry:- NorthLink Ferries from Aberdeen or Lerwick to Kirkwall and from Scrabster to Stromness: tel 01856 872044 or visit Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope: tel. 01856 831226 or visit John O' Groats ferries from John O' Groats to Burwick (May - September). Foot passenger service only. Tel 01955 611353 or visit

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