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.

Hotels Orkney

There’s no wonder so many people head to the Scottish islands of Orkney, with their rugged coastline and unique wildlife. Its abundant archaeological sites and prehistoric villages also attract a myriad of history aficionados from Scotland’s mainland to this romantic archipelago of islands. Many visitors head to the sandy beaches to dip their toes into the bracing North Sea, or to simply stroll along the scenic shore. No matter which Orkney hotel you stay in or where you go, you are certainly guaranteed some unforgettable scenery.

The choice of Orkney hotels is just as plentiful as the islands’ many attractions, and the range of plush, 5-star hotels and budget self-catered cottages has something for everyone. Here at the Barony Hotel, we pride ourselves on our location close to three popular bird reserves and four trout fishing lochs. That’s probably why we’re one of the top choices for those who want to experience Orkney’s great outdoors during their trip. We’re also one of Orkney's family run hotels, and tailor each guest’s experience to their individual needs. Need something during your time with us to make your stay even better? Don’t be afraid to ask our staff and we will do everything we can to fulfill your request. It’s this dedication to customer service that makes us one of the popular hotels on Orkney.

Our Orkney hotel is also within striking distance of many other popular sights and attractions on the islands. Skara Brae is a Neolithic stone-built settlement that dates back to the prehistoric times, from around 3,200 BC. There is plenty more history to discover at the Earl’s Palace, which was built in the 16th century.

Even though it may sound like hotels in Orkney are situated in the remote countryside, there are some very convenient links to nearby villages. For instance, Swannay, Birsay and Kirbuster are just a short drive away, and the main town of Kirkwall is only 19 miles from the hotel.

There are many hotels and bed and breakfasts in the islands’ towns and villages, but most visitors choose to stay in one of the accommodation options in the quiet countryside. Close to many hiking and cycle paths, these hotels offer plenty of modern amenities and facilities, ensuring every guest can enjoy a comfortable stay. Most of Orkney’s hotels feature en-suite bedrooms, complimentary toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast often comes included in the price, so guests can fill up before a busy day of sightseeing or hiking.

Even if you think you may have left it too late to book a hotel in Orkney, it’s always worth checking your dates as many establishments offer last-minute deals. The best way of finding these deals is to call the hotel to see if they can offer you a deal or discount directly. So never think it’s too late to book a trip to Orkney - just give us a quick ring, and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Enjoy your stay with us on Orkney!