Skara Brae is a stone built Neolithic settlement located at the Bay of Skaill. It consists of 8 clustered houses and was occupied from 3180BC - 2500BC.

The Brough of Birsay is an uninhabited tidal island off the north west coast of the Mainland. The earliest settlement was in the 6th Century by Christian missionaries. In the background is the Loch of Boardhouse where the Barony Hotel is situated on the shoreline.

The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village overlooking Eynhallow Sound. Settlement began somewhere between 500 and 200BC and lasted until 100AD when it was abandoned and the ditches filled in. The site continued to be used until the 8th century.

Kitchener's Memorial is a crenellated tower built by public subscription in 1926 to honour the memory of Lord Kitchener. He along with 554 officers and men died when HMS Hampshire sank off the Marwick coast on 5th June 1916.

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle 104m in diameter and is the 3rd largest in Britain. It is thought to have been erected between 2500BC and 2000BC.

Taking a trip to Orkney is the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. The Loch of Harray is the largest loch on the island, close to two World Heritage neolithic sites and named a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The beautiful area around the loch isn't to be missed on your Orkney visit, and you might be looking for somewhere to stay that's close by. To find the best hotels near Harray Loch, you need to think about the things that matter most when you're looking for the perfect accommodation.


Mainland Orkney is the largest in the island group, but it's still fairly small. At about 202 square miles, it doesn't take too long to drive from one end of the island to the other. If you want to stay close to Harray Loch, you have plenty of options if you're willing to be a short drive away. The Barony Hotel is only around 20 minutes from the loch. You can, of course stay closer, but one thing to remember is that you will likely pay more the nearer you stay to the loch. You might also find that it's busier, and perhaps you're looking for a quieter holiday.

Rooms and Facilities

The availability of certain rooms and facilities is another important element to consider for your stay near Harray Loch. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or as a family or group will make a difference to what you're looking for. At The Barony Hotel, there's a choice between single, double, twin and family rooms that are suitable for three people. Most hotel rooms won't have space for more than three people, and many will sleep a maximum of two. Facilities you might want to look out for include breakfast, a bar or restaurant and perhaps activities or even boat hire.


Price is obviously an important issue to take into account. Remember that the closer you are to the loch, the more you're likely to pay. The Barony Hotel is just £45 a night, including breakfast, although it's a short distance from Harray Loch. Other hotels near Harray Loch can be significantly more expensive and might cost more at different times of the year. If you choose a more affordable hotel, you won't be too far from the loch, so you're not going to lose out on any activities by being away from the action.

Nearby Activities

On Orkney, almost all activities are nearby, no matter where you are. However, you might want to be closer to some things than others. The Barony Hotel is surrounded by three bird reserves, and offers fishing at Boardhouse Loch just a short walk away. Other activities that you might be interested in on the island include walking, archaeology, nature and fine dining.

Choose The Barony Hotel

If you are looking for a comfortable, welcoming and affordable hotel, take a look at The Barony Hotel. It is one of the friendliest hotels near Harray Loch and is always ready to welcome you.