Buchanhaven Holidays

Self Catering

Grainbank Cottage, St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RD

    Buchanhaven Cottage is a unique self-catering house situated on the outskirts of Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. It is aimed specifically at people with dementia in that attention has been paid to lighting, colours and signage.

    The cottage is available for holiday lets to anyone who needs a little bit of extra help or support. Adults and children with autism or mental health problems will be equally as welcome, and support will be offered as required. The cottage is wheelchair accessible but lifts/hoists are not part of the building's equipment. The cottage is in fact open to anyone who wishes a holiday in the Orkney Islands, whether you need extra assistance or not.

    Buchanhaven Cottage is owned and managed by Marilyn Buchan. Marilyn has worked in nursing for the past 25 years, mainly in dementia, mental health and rehabilitation settings. Last year she became one of Scotland's first Dementia Champions. Dementia is very close to her heart as her own father suffered with dementia before he died. Buchanhaven was the name of the family home, and Buchanhaven Cottage has been opened in memory of both her parents – Annie Jean and Willie Buchan.

    The cottage has just recently been renovated to a high standard and all appliances are new. The city and royal burgh of Kirkwall is within 10 minutes' walking distance, as are the pier, main bus terminal and taxi ranks. The Leisure Centre at Pickaquoy is also within walking distance, as are supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and pubs. Kirkwall also has many places of historic interest, such as St Magnus Cathedral, Bishops Palace, Earls Palace, and Tankerness Museum and Gardens.

    Holidays can be taylored for each individual with services offered to suit the person's needs. Taxi services from NorthLink Ferries, Pentland Ferries or Kirkwall Airport can be pre-arranged if required.

    A food package of Orkney fare will be offered on arrival, as will complimentary toiletries from the Orkney Soap Company.

    Buchanhaven Holidays will try to accommodate any request – big or small – to ensure you have a happy holiday.

    • Cottage is all double glazed and has air-source heating/air conditioning
    • Electricity is included in the price
    • Sittingroom and bedroom have Freeview flat screen TV and DVD/CD
    • Kitchen has cooker, washing machine, microwave, fridge with small freezer top, kettle, toaster, dishes etc
    • Bedroom has two single beds (linen and towels supplied)
    • Sittingroom has double sofa which converts to double bed if required
    • Wet room has shower, wash basin, toilet and complimentary toiletries
    • Patio area with garden furniture (BBQ if requested) and also drying area outside (all fenced in)
    • Accommodation is non-smoking but you may smoke outside if you wish
    • Welcome pack supplied on arrival of Orkney products (bread, milk, eggs etc)
    • Sorry no pets allowed as there are free range hens wandering around

    Access Statement:

    • See LINKS for transport services and Euans Guide
    • Parking for one car is available right at the door of the property
    • Chipped road with concrete area at entrance door
    • External entrance door of property is 85cm (2'9") wide
    • Entrance corridor has banister along right side and is 91cm (2.11") wide
    • Internal doors are all 82cm (2'8") wide
    • inside house all level access, no rugs
    • Wet room has rail at left side of toilet if sitting, right if you are standing
    • shower has 2 rails in front with ample room for
    • carer to assist behind curtains
    • Patio doors open onto level concrete patio which is all fenced
    • furniture can be re-arranged to suit
    • Hoist, raised toilet seat and shower chair by prior arrangement can be supplied
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Baby Listening/Sitting Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Open To Non Residents
    • Picnic Area
    • Smoking Restricted

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities
    • Radio
    • TV In Room
    • TV Lounge
    • Television

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Internet Banking Transfer


    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Patio/Beer Garden
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Air Conditioning
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Linen Provided
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Shower
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Beauty Treatments


    • City Location
    • Island Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

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