Rackwick Outdoor Hostel


Rackwick, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ

    Rackwick Outdoor Hostel is situated in the scenic Rackwick Valley and is in close proximity to a large sandy beach, dramatic hills and towering sea cliffs.

    The hostel consists of two rooms with two bunk beds in each room. All bedding is provided. Family & exclusive rooms are available. There is a kitchen area and a separate seating/dining area. Washing and drying facilities are also available.

    The hostel is open April to September.

    The Hostel is one of the start points to the Old Man of Hoy, a 137 metre sea stack, which is perhaps, Orkney's most famous landmark and also a great place to see a variety of seabirds including puffins.
    Rackwick is considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney and is surrounded by high cliffs and a fine sandy beach. Much of North Hoy is owned and managed by the RSPB.
    3 Hostel
    Walkers Welcome Cyclists Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    29 Apr 2016 - 29 Sep 2016


    • Children Welcome


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Single Travellers


    • Electric Cooker
    • Fridge
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Service Available
    • Linen Provided
    • Shared Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • No Television

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted


    • 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, turn left on to Junction Road and take the B964 to Houton ( 8 miles). From Lyness, turn right on to B9047 for 13 miles. Take a right turn at hostel sign. From Stromness T.I.C. turn right on to Ferry Road, 2.5 miles the take right turn to Houton 5 miles.
    From Stromness T.I.C. turn left for ferry to North Hoy. from Moaness, follow signs for Rackwick, road to the hostel is on the right hand side (6 miles).

    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).

    Getting there by ferry:- To Orkney:
    NorthLink Ferries from Aberdeen or Lerwick to Kirkwall and from Scrabster to Stromness: tel 0845 6000 449 or visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk. Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope: tel. 01856 831226 or visit www.pentlandferries.co.uk. John O' Groats ferries from John O' Groats to Burwick (May - September). Foot passenger service only. Tel 01955 611353 or visit www.jogferry.co.uk

    To Hoy:
    Rackwick Hostel is 5km from Moaness Pier, the arrival point for pedestrians by ferry from Stromness. A car ferry operates from Houton to Lyness, details for both are available through Orkney Ferries 01856 872044. Minibuses and taxis are available on the island, however if guests decide to walk to the hostel, a footpath runs through the Rackwick Valley.

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