The Quoy Of Houton


Quoy Of Houton, Houton Orphir, Orkney, KW17 2RD

    Enjoy a luxurious, relaxing stay at the historic Quoy of Houton on Orkney mainalnd.

    Situated in walled gardens overlooking the sea, this comfortable farmhouse provides an ecclectic mix of the old and new, providing very comfortable accommodation.

    Antiques, open fires, sea views from your enormous bed and a dawn chorus of curlews and oyster catchers will all make your trip memorable.

    Conveniently located for ferries to Hoy. Stromness and Kirkwall are only a short drive away. An ideal base for good walking and world heritage sites.

    We also offer a range of luxury self catering cottages, please see our website The Quoy of Houton is beautifully positioned on the Houton headland, just a two minute stroll away from the beach where seals are regular visitors.
    The shallow bay is ideally suited to many migrating birds and oyster catchers, skuas, curlews ,plovers, sanderlings and eider ducks are regular visitors.
    For those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, the bay provides a safe area for canoeing and trout fishing. The Quoy of Houton has plenty of storage space for any equipment you may need.
    Cyclists and motor cyclists are also well provided for, with outside taps and large barns for the overnight stay of their bikes!

    Our visitors enjoy fantastic views fom the well equipped and comfortable accommadation across Scapa Flow (with its sunken German fleet) to the islands of Hoy, Cava and Flotta.

    This 18th Century traditional farmhouse, complete with 'crowsteps' , flagged floors and many period features is sheltered within a large, pretty walled garden where breakfast can be taken on the south facing flag-stone terrace

    Delicious evening meals using locally sourced produce can be enjoyed on the cosy dining room. The Quoy provides an idyllic location, where every effort has been made to provide a warm, welcoming relaxing atmosphere, where our visitors can un-wind and enjoy the unique Orcadian island atmosphere.

    The Quoy of Houton is conveniently sited, just 10 minutes from both the quaint, historic fishing towns of Stromness and 15 minutes from Kirkwall, and located just 5 minutes walk away from the Hoy ferry and sight seeing boat trips.
    Many of the Orkney historical sites are within a 15 minute drive including the world heritage sights of the ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe burial tomb. Skara Brae and the beautiful Bay of Skaill are a further 15 minutes away.

    4 Bed and Breakfast
    Cyclists Welcome Taste Our Best Walkers Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Double Ensuite
    £75.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage


    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Linen Provided
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
    • Open Hearth Fire
    • Shower
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Towels Provided
    • WC EnSuite

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • TV In Room
    • Television

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • No credit cards accepted


    • Bike Storage Available
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Breakfast Available
    • Bring Your Own Bottle
    • Dinner Available
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Organic Food
    • Restaurant
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Internet Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Tuition Available Dry stone walling tutition available on a half day basis.


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

    Special Requirements

    • Non smokers
    • Single Travellers

    Road Directions

    From Kirkwall take the A964 signposted to Orphir. Continue to Houton Ferry and take the first little junction by the sign for The Quoy of Houton  to the other side of the bay keeping to the TARMAC road. You will see a cream famrhouse infront of you. House is clearly maked on the OS map.

    Public Transport Directions

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

    From Kirkwall airport turn right and follow signs for Kirkwall. About 0.5 miles into Kirkwall turn left onto Clayloan (just after grass square on left). At bottom of hill turn left onto Junction Road, turn first right into Wellington Street (sign posted Orphir-A964). At Orphir village stay on the A964 for another 2 miles. Turn left at signpost for Houton Pier and then bear right onto single track road. The Quoy if Houton is half a mile further on.

    Getting there by ferry:- Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay (nr John O' Groats) to St Margaret's Hope.

    John o' Groats ferries from John O' Groats to Burwick (May - September)

    NorthLink Ferries from Aberdeen or Lerwick to Kirkwall. NorthLink Ferries from Scrabster to Stromness.

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