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.

Bed and Breakfast Orkney

When visiting the Orkney Islands, many tourists enjoy long days of hiking through the countryside and exploring prehistoric settlements and historic ruins. So it’s fair to say that finding a bed and breakfast on Orkney is very important to them - after all, a hearty breakfast will be the perfect way to set themselves up for a busy day discovering everything this archipelago of islands has to offer.

There are many different Orkney bed and breakfast establishments dotted around the different islands. Here at the Barony Hotel, we offer guests comfortably appointed rooms with plenty of modern conveniences and set them up with a good breakfast every day. Our rooms are double, twin and family size, and all come with an en-suite bathroom. Guests can even start their day with a hot drink in their room, thanks to free tea and coffee making facilities. Our prices are extremely reasonable and will appeal to a range of guests, from large families to the solo visitor.

A good night’s sleep and filling breakfast will prepare you for a day of discovering all that Orkney has to offer! Our bed and breakfast establishment isn’t too far from four trout fishing locations and three bird reserves, so there is plenty of wildlife to spot while you hike through the scenic landscape and along the rugged coastline. It’s also a great location if you want a very active holiday, as there are many brilliant hiking and cycling routes in the surrounding area.

Most bed and breakfasts on Orkney are family run businesses, and that is no different here at the Barony Hotel. We pride ourselves on our attentive service, and all of our staff will be more than happy to go above and beyond to fulfil all our guests’ requests. If you ever have a question - no matter how big or small - simply give our reception team a visit.

There is also a myriad of historical attractions not too far from Barony Hotel, including the famous Skara Brae. Dating from around 3,200 BC - 2,200 BC, this settlement consists of eight dwellings which were preserved under sand until a storm in 1850. Today, this settlement is one of Orkney’s World Heritage Sites and an important part of the islands’ history.

Travelling to the Orkney islands isn’t quite as tricky as it once was, and the many bed and breakfast proprietors can help visitors make their travel plans. The Orkney Kirkwall airport is well served by many airlines, including Loganair and Flybe, and there are direct flights from all the mainland Scottish airports. Travellers can then catch the island bus in Kirkwall to get around. There are also ferries to Orkney from the Scottish mainland.

There really is something for everything here on Orkney, and visitors who love history and the great outdoors are especially well catered for. And what with all the many different bed and breakfasts on the islands, you may very well be spoilt for choice! We look forward to welcoming you during your stay here on Orkney!