West Shaird is a stone built, detached farmhouse situated on the west side of South Ronaldsay, Orkney. It was built in 1955 and is the last house in South Ronaldsay to have been built with stone.
It can very comfortably accommodate 6 people. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a toilet with wash hand basin. One bedroom has king size bed, one has twin beds and one has bunks. Downstairs there are two public rooms - a lounge with open coal fire and a kitchen-dining room with multi fuel stove. There is also a large shower room with toilet. The kitchen is very well equipped and has a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, electric cooker and microwave oven. Water is heated by immersion and there is oil central heating. The rooms are spacious but the house is warm and cosy and not too big for a couple. There is generous off road parking and a large area of lawn in front of the house (ideal for ball games.) There is also a small, enclosed garden behind the house. Picnic table and garden chairs are available to help you enjoy the outdoor environment. Well-behaved pets are welcomed by arrangement. Prices vary from £350 - £550 per week depending on time of year, number in party etc. This is inclusive of V.A.T., fuel, bed linen and towels. Please ask for price.
West Shaird majestically overlooks the sandy beach of Sandwick bay. The views can be dramatic whether it be a stormy day when the waves are pounding over the cliffs and up the beach or a beautiful summer's day when stillness and colour prevail. A 5-minute walk to the beach allows excellent bird and seal watching and cliff walking for the adventurous. Sandwick beach is a very quiet beach with few visitors to be seen. It's a haven for humans, seals and birds! Along the cliff margins you'll find maritime heath with a wealth of plant species - heathers and sea thrift in abundance.
The village of St. Margaret's Hope is 3 miles away and there you will find the award winning Creel Restaurant, a church, shops, cafe, hotels, post office, museum, craft shop and art gallery, tennis court, bowling green and a 9-hole golf course. The village hall, The Cromarty Hall, hosts films, dances, concerts, sales and exhibitions throughout the year. The Pentland Ferry terminal to Gills Bay in Caithness is in St. Margaret's Hope. Pentland Ferries catamaran style vessel makes several sailings across the Pentland Firth every day. Sailing time is approx. 50 minutes. The shops in the village are well stocked and there is little need to shop further afield. South Ronaldsay