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Directory of Shops, Accommodation and Services in and around Birsay
We suggest you print out this directory and bring it with you when you come to Orkney.
|Bed and Breakfast:|
|The Barony Hotel|
The Barony Hotel offers a warm welcome to all visitors. Enjoy a meal in our restaurant with panoramic views of the Boardhouse Loch and the Palace. Our menu features local beef, pork, lamb, fish and shellfish. Fresh Birsay crab and lobster on request. Our rooms are all en-suite with prices on request.
|Dave and Anne Davidson|
|Telephone: 01856 721 327 Fax: 01856 721 302|
Comfortable ground floor self catering apartment within former
St Magnus Kirk Manse, opposite The Earls Palace in Birsay;
sleeps four adults plus infant cot, if requested. Refurbished
for 2015 with BT broadband, wi-fi and total control electric
heating. Tariff includes bed linen, towels and Annie's Welcome
Breakfast hamper on arrival.
No smoking premises; well-behaved dog accepted by arrangement.
Access to manse walled garden with chimera and bikes provided on request.
Visit Scotland 3-star with mobility award.
Open all year - see calendar on website
|Anne & Robin Barr, The Old Manse, Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX|
|Tel. 07503522089 or 01856 721491Website: www.anniesplaceorkney.co.uk||Web Site|
Situated on a working farm, the cottage
consists of large kitchen, shower room, bathroom, 3 bedrooms and
living room, all linen provided. The surrounding area is ideal for
walking fishing and bird watching with views out over the Brough of
|Mrs. Rena Fraser, Feaval, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LT|
|Telephone: 01856 721 271|
Modern cottage on a working stock farm situated on the edge of the
RSPB reserve "The Loons" and close to Marwick Head. This is an ideal
location for walking, fishing, cycling or just relaxing. The cottage
consists of kitchen/lounge, two bedrooms sleeping four persons, and
toilet with shower. All linen is provided.
|Mrs Phyllis Ballantyne, Netherdale, Birsay, Orkney|
|Tel: 01856 721 386.|
Modern detached bungalow at Marwick Bay,
Kitchener's Memorial & RSPB Reserve (puffins). 2BR sleeps 4
(cot available), 1 public room, shower, TV, fridge, microwave, free
linen on request, heating throughout, charge for electric, parking, no
pets, groceries on request, courtesy bottle of wine, free trout
|Mrs. Gertie Watt|
|Telephone: 01856 721 218|
Traditional cottage with
many original features situated right next to the Earl's Palace ruins.
Spacious and very comfortable with a recently refurbished kitchen and
bathroom with a whirlpool bath, separate dining room, large main bedroom
with a kingsize bed, twin room and sun porch. Contains all modern
conveniences, enclosed garden, parking. Electricity, towels, bedding
and "Orkney Welcome" pack included. Sleeps 6. No smoking. No pets.
|Mrs. Maureen Norquoy, Kenyon, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX|
|Telephone: 01856 721 418|
Former summer cottage of Orkney's late Robert Rendall poet & naturalist,
on shore with views of Brough of Birsay to Marwick Head. Perfect for
fishing, walking, bird watching, cycling and touring. In historic
village - near shop, post office and tearoom. Newly refurbished, one
bedroom, sitting room, shower, TV, microwave, linens, no smoking, no
pets. Open all year
|Mrs. Sheila Marwick, Schoolhouse, Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX|
|Telephone: 01856 721 317|
Wattle House, Birsay - 1 house
Panoramic views of Brough of Birsay, Earl's Palace,
Kitchener's Memorial. Ideal for touring, walking, bird watching,
fishing. Spacious comfortable and well equipped accommodation (ground
floor): 2 public rooms with TV, 3 bedrooms - sleeps 6, included: linens
& towels, oil central heating, shower room, bathroom, dishwasher,
washer, tumble dryer, CD player, microwave, electric cooker, coffee
makers, parking, lawns. Non-smoking, no dogs. Elaborate welcoming tray
with Orkney products.
|Corinne Gunn-Harvey, Wattle Farm, Birsay, KW17 2LS|
|Telephone/fax: 01856 721 206|
|Boat Hire on Boardhouse Loch - wild brown trout fishing|
|Tony Taylor, Crook Farm, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LR|
|Telephone: 01856 721 308|
|All boats have motors, petrol included, parking at jetty|
|Advance bookings recommended|
|W. M. Hay, Cursiter Cottage, Twatt, Orkney, KW17 2JH|
On the main road A986 next to
the Orkney Trout Association landing on the Boardhouse Loch. Follow the
sign to the Scottish Water plant.
|Telephone. Home: 01856 841 722; Mobile: 077 6982 8534|
|Proprietor - Mrs. I. K. Hay|
|Advanced bookings advisable|
|Church of Scotland's|
|In Dounby, the new MILESTONE CHURCH. This offers a fine venue for Church services and for other civic events.|
|Check local shops for schedule|
|Rev. David McNeish (telephone 01856 771 599)|
|St. Magnus Church Birsay at the Palace.|
Open daily, no admission fee. If church is locked, key may be obtained from nearby local shop. Though there are no regular services, throughout the year there are numerous concerts, special services, art shows, lectures, displays of local photographs and items of interest plus many other activities.
|United Free Church, Dounby|
|Minister: Dr. J. Creelman|
|Sunday Morning Service: 12:00 Noon|
|'Craiglands', Birsay, Orkney KW17 2ND|
|Marine & Wildlife Gallery/Workshop of Roger & Jo Philby|
Roger makes his jewellery based on dolphins, whales and other forms of wildlife in his workshop overlooking the beautiful Brough and Bay of Birsay. The view from his gallery is stunning.
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm April-Oct (although if we are in we are open!) Follow the 'Craft Trail Jewellery sign'.
|Telephone: 01856 721 343 E-mail: email@example.com|
|Hundland School, Swannay by Evie, KW17 2NR|
|Telephone: 01856 721 307|
|Orcadian artist, Wendy Hourston displays her original paintings in this converted schoolroom.|
OPEN: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 - 5 PM, June to August.
Other times by arrangement
|Holland Cottage, Marwick, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NB|
Kevin and Liz Allen design and make fine silver and jewellery in Birsay. Their workshop overlooks Marwick Bay, Isbister Loch, and two RSPB Bird Reserves.
|Well worth a visit to view a very wide range of different designs.|
|OPEN: Mon-Sat. 10am - 5pm. Easter to September|
Telephone: 01856 721 359 for directions and more opening
|Chocolate Cottage, Birsay, Orkney Isles, Scotland.|
Displaying paintings and jewellery by Jon Thompson and Lesley Murdoch.
Situated in the northwest corner of the mainland near to the Brough of Birsay. You are welcome to visit our gallery. We are open most days.
Telephone: 01856 721 360
Web site: www.yellowbirdgallery.org
|Note the CRAFT-TRAIL signs|
|Balfour Hospital A&E (telephone: 885 400)|
|Dounby Surgery (telephone: 771 209)|
|Police, Stromness (telephone: 850 222)|
|Coast Guard, Kirkwall Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (telephone: 873 268) No longer manned 24/day|
|FISHING see Boat Hire|
|Orkney Trout Association|
|Open daily May to September 10am- 1pm, 2-5pm, no admission fee.|
A unique opportunity to tour Orkney's last working water-powered meal mill. Displays of various stages of bere being ground as well as numerous photographs of the area. Beremeal, postcards, posters of mill's operation are available.
|NATURAL HERITAGE - see WILDLIFE|
|Palace Stores in the village (telephone: 721 351)|
|Open Monday to Friday 10.00 to 12.30 pm|
|Dounby Post Office (telephone: 721 432)|
|Monday to Friday closed 1-2 pm, open Saturday morning|
|RESTAURANTS, TEA ROOMS:|
|Birsay Bay Tearoom|
|Birsay Bay Tearoom, The Palace, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NJ|
Situated on an elevated site overlooking Birsay Bay, offering a range of teas, coffees, light lunches, home-bakes and cakes. Our menu utilises local produce whenever possible, with all food prepared fresh each day. We have a small Tearoom Shop which has a selection of local craft items. We also sell Birsay Tomatoes in season.
Open all year except January.
October to March: Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, 11am to 3:30pm
|Telephone: 01856 721
|Palace Stores (located in the heart of the village)|
We can supply you with: petrol,
diesel, wines & spirits, calor gas, cigarettes, general groceries (including fresh fruit and
vegetables, milk, meats, frozen goods, etc.), Orkney ice cream, coffee & snacks,
and post cards and stamps.
"(A Post Office is located in the shop.) Also we plan to offer a local
delivery service for groceries.
Post Office open 10am to 12:30pm Mon-Fri all year
|The Dounby Butcher - Aberdeen Angus - The Best of the Best|
High standards of animal welfare, grass fed cattle, complete traceability, award winning herds, natural clean environment, matured at least 21 days. Self-catering visitors can enjoy the Best right here. We ship next day delivery by the Royal Post.
Shop hours: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri (9-5)
|Contact: Barbara Sinclair
The Dounby Butcher
Orkney KW17 2HT
Tel/fax: 01856 771 777
|SURGERY see EMERGENCY SERVICES|
|Scottish Natural Heritage Officer|
54-56 Junction Road,
Tel: 01856 875302
Fax: 01856 876372
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