|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic, Beach, Ocean, Other|
Description from the owner
Innisgarth is a high quality two bed roomed cottage located on the outskirts of Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney and features spectacular views over farmland towards Scapa beach. The property has an integrated garage with automatic door making it ideal for holiday makers who require secure storage for their vehicle, bicycles or sporting equipment.
Innisgarth has been awarded a prestigious 4 stars by the Visit Scotland tourist board and based on exceptional guest reviews we have been recognised with a "Top Rental Property" award from FlipKey and TripAdvisor.
A warm welcome and a basket of Orkney produce awaits your arrival.
Kirkwall, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Scotland
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Orkney's ancient monuments are must-see attraction particularly those in the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site in the West Mainland, such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe and the stone circles at Brodgar and Stenness. The Broch of Gurness in Evie is also well worth visiting, and the East Mainland can offer the intriguing underground structure of Minehowe in Tankerness, and the Grain Earth House in the improbable setting of Kirkwall's Hatston Industrial Estate. Much more information on this and all aspects of Orkney's heritage can be found on Sigurd Towrie's excellent Orkneyjar website.
The East Mainland is the gateway to the linked South Isles of Burray and South Ronaldsay, linked by the Churchill Barriers, causeways built during World War II to protect the naval anchorage of Scapa Flow. On Lambs Holm, between barrier no. 1 and barrier no. 2, you can find the Italian Chapel, another must-see, and heading south you can visit the Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre in Burray, and the excellent Orkney Marine Life Aquarium in South Ronaldsay, excellent rainy day activities (but note our annual rainfall is below the Scottish average!). VisitOrkney will tell you about more places to visit as well.
Kirkwall itself has much to offer, with the St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney Museum, Earl's and Bishop's Palaces, and vibrant town centre shopping in a well preserved Norse street layout. The Orkney Library and Archive has a wealth of information to explore, and is also the home to the Orkney Family History Society, for those wishing to explore their roots.
In the west, Stromness is also well worth a visit, being home to the Pier Arts Centre and Stromness Museum, and also is a particularly attractive town with numerous intriguing lanes and alleys, and every house which could have one having a pier of its own.
Also we can't forget the beach. Orkney has beautiful beaches at all points of the compass, with Skaill facing the Atlantic, Newark in South Ronaldsay facing East, Aikerness in Evie facing North, Scapa (just down the road from Innisgarth) facing South, and many more- Waulkmill, Newark in Deerness, Dingieshowe, Inganess, Glimpsholm...
Location Type Beach, Ocean, Other
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$76||$76||$455 - $751||$0||3 nights|
|Oct. 1 2011 - Apr. 27 2012
|May. 1 2012 - May. 31 2012
|Jun. 2 2012 - Aug. 31 2012
|Sep. 1 2012 - Sep. 28 2012
|Sep. 29 2012 - Dec. 21 2012
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|Dec. 24 2012 - Jan. 6 2013||-||-||$751||-||7 nights|
|All Other Dates||$76||$76||$455||-||3 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Our rates are very straightforward and are charged per week as detailed above. There are no hidden extra charges as electricity, linen, towels, soap, dishwasher tablets, washing powder etc. are all included in the tariff. In addition tea, coffee, sugar and a welcome pack of Orkney produce await your arrival.
Short breaks are available outwith peak season @ £50 per night (minimum 3 nights)
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Innisgarth is a very warm and comfortable bungalow. The owners, Kenny and Sheila, live next door and if you have any requests they are happy to help. It is well situated just outside Kirkwall which is walkable on a fine day. A wide selection of books and tourist info about Orkney is provided for guests.
There is a utility room with a very efficient washer and dryer but as the place is so warm washing dries well on the clothes airer during the day. There are many thoughtful touches such as a generous supply of towels, notepaper, tissues and a welcome basket of Orkney produce.
There was a certain amount of nocturnal gurgling from the water tank in the double room but this was rememdied by turning off the water heater to the left of the kitchen door at bed time.
In all a great place to stay: excellent facilities very reasonable price. We hope to come back one day.
Welcome to Orkney!
First time on Orkney, work unfortunately, but the stay at Innisgarth more than made up for that.
It is an extremely, well equipped, attractive up-to-date property. In the country but minutes from Kirkwall by car which was absolutely perfect for my stay.
It is well equipped and the added extras make it a really nice place to stay. Kenny and Sheila are excellent hosts and were extremely helpful.
On the whole Orkney in October is rather shut, but the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall (which is free) was fascinating and I had nowhere near enough time to explore it properly.
Liked best - sitting in the cosy living room with a beautiful view of a snowy field
Liked least - unusual heating system which has a bit of a noisy motor at the back of the house
If I didn't have 4 kids and 2 dogs I would definitely come back here on holiday!
Excellent - comfortable, relaxed and most welcoming
Kenny and Sheila provide great accommodation. We were welcomed with a delicious plate of Scottish fare, all the appliances you could possibly wish for, and it's a Wifi hotspot! Plus a rural location with views.
What a fantastic place
My wife and I and our two children (10&8) stayed at Innisgarth for a weeks holiday in august whilst visiting family in Orkney.
The house was exactly as advertised, very modern and spotless with all the mod cons you could ever need. The welcome pack was a nice touch after a long drive and ferry crossing and saved having to dash to the supermarket upon arrival!
The location is ideal with a 10 minute walk to Scapa Beach and it takes about 25 minutes to walk into the center of Kirkwall. The garage also makes an ideal windbreak for when the sun does come out and my wife and I sat at the garage entrance on the deck chairs a number of times enjoying the tranquil location.
To sum up Innisgarth is perfect for anyone looking for top notch accomodation whilst exploring the natural beauty and dramatic history of the Orkney Islands.
We'll definitely be back again.
Thank you Kenny and Sheila for being such wonderful hosts.
The cottage was modern, well stocked and immaculately clean. A beauatifully peaceful view over farmland and enough room for a family of 4 to stretch out after a hard day of sight seeing. You can easily cook in every night with the good quality pans abd utensils. You will probabaly need a car or bicycle to see the island properly but the nearest beach is only a 10 min walk and the town centre 10 min drive. We will return.
John & Mary Duberley
Comfortable and relaxing
We rarely find all we want in a self catering property . Innisgarth is a house that we can safely say is very well appointed and clean . Its good to have Sheila and Kenny next door and they have the balance correct between friendliness and privacy.
The cottage was fantastic, you really want for nothing as every thing has been thought about. The conservatory was great, with an outlook into the country side, we had breakfast in it every morning. The traffic outside the house was chaotic one day 1 car and a rabbit passed by.
Orkney itself is a beautiful place to visit, such a lot to see and do and the people are really friendly.
I would recommend visiting Orkney and staying at Innisgarth
cottage for a 5 star holiday.
This is the 3rd time we have stayed at Innisgarth and it was as good as ever. Ken and Sheila feel more like friends than accommodation proprietors. The cootage is beautiful and in amazing location. Cannot fault one aspect of our stay and this year we also had excellent weather - 2 showers of rain during our week and for most of the time sunshine never far away and warm. Visited islands of Westray, Hoy and Rousay - Westray and Hoy are stunning and Rousay is lovely too although the service in the cafe/bar at the harbour at Rousay was not great. Certainly wont be back there! Westray - wildlife amazing and Hoy - the walk to Old Man of Hoy is stunning and then back through the valley stunning.
Green Chile Gang
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
We had a wonderful stay on the Orkneys and loved Innisgarth. The house is very comfortable, clean, and very close to Kirkwall and the beach! Kenny and Sheila are very kind, helpful and wonderful hosts. We were two adults and two children we were completely comfortable.
2 mature couples
Excellent accommodation and very welcoming owners. An amazing 'welcome' basket and free range eggs on demand! Spacious, modern and well maintained house. Fabulous, extremely well equipped kitchen with dining area. Attached garage offered loads of space for walking gear (and drying space when needed) luggage etc. Feeling of being away from it all - view over fields with lots of bird and hare activity - whilst being within 20 minutes easy walking distance of the centre of Kirkwall. A great base for all parts of mainland Orkney. Extremely easy access to Hoy Ferry.
Top quality accommodation
Modern, spotlessly clean and well-equipped bungalow with everything you would need for a family holiday including a sun room, garage and garden. Quiet rural location yet only a few minutes drive into Kirkwall, and fairly central for travelling around the islands. Very welcoming and helpful owners.
A Cosy and Comfortable stay over Christmas.
It was a great week over Christmas. House was nice and warm, very clean, modern and owners friendly. We were close by to family and friends. It made for a very nice break at Christmas. The best bit was the location.
Thank you for the lovely holiday.
Kev and Kaz
Everything about this place was as good or better than we hoped it would be. Very clean, well appointed and comfortable.
The greeting from the owners and welcome pack helped us forget the long drive to get to the Orkneys.
Even the garage exceeded expections!
Would definately go back, in fact hoping to go back in april 2012.
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
A special, cozy and very comfortable experience.
Our visit started with receiving a beautiful and delicious host welcoming basket that we enjoyed and consumed throughout our week stay. Sheila was a perfect host supplying us with eggs throughout our stay as well. If we needed anything, she was readily and willingly available. The cottage was like a home away from home - modernized, immaculate, roomy and comfortable and in a perfect location - quiet and scenic, but also a short walk to town. We look forward to a return stay. Thank you Sheila.
Jo & Bill
excellent and friendly accommodation
Great holiday cottage with everything you could want. So clean and well equipped. Welcome basket great and sheila gave us extra fresh eggs in the middle of our week!. Lots of interesting guide books and dvds about orkney provided. All in all a terrific cottage in an absolutely fascinating area. Highly recommend.
Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire, UK
First class accommodation that cannot be faulted
Within five minutes of arriving at Innisgarth, I wished I'd booked 2 weeks instead of one. The property is welcoming, clean, modern and tastefully furnished and feels like a real home from home. Ideally situated within a few minutes drive from Kirkwall and yet in a superbly quiet rural location surrounded by fields and farmland, there is no through traffic and no noise. The welcome pack of delicious Orkney produce provided by the owners was a wonderful finishing touch and we received a warm welcome from Sheila who was happy to point out nice places to walk to locally and places to visit on our week's stay. We were reluctant to leave at the end of the week and I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone looking for excellent accomodation in Orkney. We would be more than happy to stay here again and would book without hesitation.
Five Star accommodation
A home from home five star accommodation. It was clean, excellently located and exceeded our expectations. We will visit again.
Thank you Shelia and Kenny
Great place to stay
We had a very comfortable two weeks at Innisgarth. The cottage is very clean and well furnished and equipped. It is in a quiet countryside location but just minutes from the shops and facilities in Kirkwall. It is very well placed for exploring all of Orkney. Sheila and Kenny are very welcoming and helpful. They are nearby if anything is needed but otherwise they leave their guests to enjoy their stay. Would definately recommend.
Adrian J Pullin
I want that house!
What a fantastic house! We were delighted with Innisgarth. The location was excellent, within walking distance of Kirkwall but on a very quiet road. The standard of décor was superb; I may have to re-fit my own kitchen now!
Kenny and Sheila were very welcoming and helpful, with lots of local tips and information.
If we visit Orkney again, we shall book early enough to stay here again.
This is our second stay and it is like home from home
This is our second time and this time we shared the bungalow with relatives. We all enjoyed our stay and everything you might need is provided. With Kirkwall close by it is an ideal base to discover Orkney.
Thanks to Sheila and Kenny for an enjoyable stay.
Everything was excellent, couldn`t be better. Kenny and Sheila were very friendly and helpful.If we ever come again to Orkney we will surely stay there again.
Bill and Charlotte Duthie
Simply the best holiday cottage we have ever found.
A very warm welcome with a pack of food essentials and local delicacies to get one started. Immaculate comfortable accommodation and garden overlooking farmland. Fully equipped dining kitchen. A great place to relax, and very well placed for access to Kirkwall and for exploring the islands with their many places of interest. We have already booked our third visit.
Our 2nd stay and every bit as good as 1st stay - fabulous!
This was the 2nd time my husband and I have stayed at Innisgarth and I think we would be hard placed to find such a high quality cottage in such a good location. Kenny and Sheila are lovely and will provide any help and info you may need. The cottage has everything you could possibly need - they even have umbrellas and walking poles! Dishwasher/FF/cooker and hob/washing machine/tumble drier. Cleaning products in the cottage and the welcome pack is brilliant - milk/bread/oatcakes/eggs/cheese/butter/chutney/marmalade/orkney fudge and orkney ice cream! Cannot fault this accommodation.
Doug and June
Stoke on Trent,Staffordshire
A truly marvellous holiday!
We had a great time in Orkney.The accommodation is superb and very comfortable in a quiet location but still close to town.We found Orkney very interesting with lots of things to do but a week is not long enough to see everything.
Fantastic, A real home from home!!
I would recommend this holiday home to anyone, i have never before stayed in such high standard "4 star" accomodation. I really believe it should be graded 5 star +. It was very clean, not a bit of dust to be found, they thought of everything to ensure our comfort. The extra touch of shower gel, soap powder and the luxury welcome pack of locally sourced foods was a lovely surprise and ensured that we could relax on our first night without having a visit to the supermarket. We had a wonderful time and hope to return sometime in the future. Well done to the owners Mr and Mrs Bichan and thank you.
Home from home!
This villa is fantastic. It really is home from home, you can't fault it. Less than 5 minutes from Kirkwall, and a Tesco & Lidl, it's an excellent base for touring Orkney. Stayed a week and we were lucky to have only 2 days of not so good weather. A must see is Skara Brae and the Brock of Gurness and obviously the Ring of Brodgar. Driving in Orkney is a dream as there's so little traffic. Possibly gets a bit busier during the summer months? The villa itself is so clean and everything you need is catered for. In fact we didn't want to leave! Have been recommending to all my friends and would definitely book again in the future.
Morar, Nr Mallaig
A perfect place to stay for an Orkney family holiday.
The house is in excellant condition and has every thing that you would need for a family holiday. The welcome basket is extremely good - full of Orkney goodies!
Central location to all the main island attrations.
The Milne Family
Excellent accommodation, True ambassadors for Orkney
We had a wonderful short break in Orkney and had a truely relaxing time. On our arrival, we met Sheila who showed us around the house and explained the functions of the various controls for the different systems in the house. The welcome pack of local Orkney produce was a really nice touch introducing us to some fine island products. We were all impressed with the well equipped kitchen. Innisgarth is in a good location and made an ideal base for driving around the islands. It is very clean, comfortable and excellent value for money. Highly reccommended
Charlie and family
Wonderful comfortable house
Stayed at Innisgarth for five nights in late October 2010.On our arrival Kenny and Sheila met us and showed us around the house, they are very friendly and helpful and gave us a very warm welcome.There was a great welcome pack of Orkney produce which we really enjoyed.
The house has open views over towards Scapa and is on a very quiet cul de sac with minimal traffic passing.The integral garage with electric remote control door is very handy.The house itself is immaculate with a beautiful kitchen with every modcon.The shower room is also a very high standard.The living room with two two seater sofas and a freeview flatscreen tv is very comfortable.The monopoly and scrabble games were well used in the evening .
Orkney has a vast amount interesting historical sites and the two main towns Kirkwall and Stromness have some unique shops.We spent our days touring round the mainland island and were lucky with the weather.All in all we had a fantastic stay at Innisgarth and would highly recommend Orkney for a really interesting and unique holiday experience and if you want to stay in a luxurious home from home then Innisgarth is the place to stay.
A fantastic cottage minutes from the beach and Kirkwall. 5*!
We had an unforgettable time in Orkney thanks to Kenny and Sheila and their cottage. The accommodation was first class, very clean, modern and cozy and the welcome we got when we arrived was lovely... not to mention all of the added surprises like jam, chutney, oatcakes, fresh eggs etc waiting for you in the kitchen! We will be recommending it to everyone we know. A perfect base for exploring Orkney, and we will be back to stay here again next year!
Lovely cottage. Kenny and Sheila could not have been more welcoming.
Fab location for travelling and you could stay here without really needing a car.
We really enjoyed our stay at Innisgarth. The house is located near Kirkwall and the rooms are comfortable and modern. Sheilla and Kenneth offered a warm welcome (and a really nice welcoming package) and had several tips on how to spend the time on Orkney. Additionally there were lots of guidebooks and information material in the living room. The kitchen was well equipped and we can really recommend this place.
David & Jane Wing
Our first visit to the Orkneys.
Kenny and Shelia, were very good hosts, and answered all of our questions via e-mail prior to our arrival, and supplied us with walking sticks for our holiday, very nice and friendly people.
The holiday home was excellently kept, spotlessly clean, and every thing was there to provide us with a trouble free holiday, and there was a hamper provided which we really enjoyed. The Orkney ice cream was the best.
Kirkwall the capital was just down the road and had all the things you would expect, gift shops, sports facilities food supermarkets, a new Tesco is being built which lokks very good.
We hird a car at the airport from W R Tullock, a very good service was provided by them, this also to be recommended.
We have really enjoyed our stay at Innsgarth, at Kirkwall we have visited many tourist type locations and have also walked fifty miles of beautiful country side, and there is still more to see.
We will be back.
We really enjoyded our holidays there. The cottage is very spacious and comfortable. A good place for exploring the island. Sheila and Kenny are very helpful and we get a tastful welcome-pack.
First class accommodation
We had a brilliant time whilst staying at Innisgarth. The accommodation provided everything we required. The owners ae lovely and were kind enough to provide us with a baby moses basket/bath for our baby son. Our 3 year old had a ball playing in the garden and the porch. The accommodation is well placed so that you are very close to the town but far enough out that you have lovely view and nice walks to the beach.
I would reccommend Innisgarth to anyone thinking of visiting Orkney.
A Beautiful, homely, holiday home
Wonderful accommodation. Everything was there that was needed so didn't have to bring things like bedding and towels and all the other little things you often find yourself without in self catering. Sheila was very friendly and helpful. The property was in a quiet position about 1 mile from Kirkwall. An ideal base for touring Orkney.
The cottage was spotless, modern and airy and Kenny and Sheila very friendly. The finishing touches were very thoughtful and the welcome pack lovely. If we come back to Orkney to stay again we would definitely look to stay here again.
Immaculate, well equipped accommodation for our first time Orkne
We had a very friendly welcome and introduction from Kenny and Sheila. Sheila helped us out with some walks to go on and how to get places. The brochures were great and helped a lot choosing what to do. The house was just stunning, our oldest daughter said she would share her room with her wee sister if she got to stay in a house like this!!Location was just right for us with kids and car, close enough to town to walk if required and beach. We liked best the luxury and location of the accommodation. Least - the fact we had to take the kids with us!
An excellent holiday experience
The accommodation was of an exceptionally high standard with lots of thoughtful little details to make the stay more comfortable. The property has lovely views across the fields to the sea and is within reasonable walking distance of both the town and the beach at Scapa (although a car is useful). We appreciated the Welcome Pack provided and the children enjoyed the secret garden. The Bichans were very helpful and close at hand although not intrusive. The weather was not always kind to us (well this is the North!) so we were not able to try out the barbecue and outdoor seating. Previous holidays in Orkeney have been blessed with sunshine so it can happen! We will visit Orkney again as we have family there and will definitely consider staying in this propery again as it is both convenient to Kirkwall and extremely comfortable.
Bill and Charlotte Duthie
Our Orkney experience
Innisgarth is quite simply the best holiday home we have ever come across in many years of self-catering holidays. It is very well appointed indeed, exceedingly comfortable and very well situated on the edge of Kirkwall, with a lovely rural outlook. The welcome pack is extensive-even a bottle of wine!-and the owners, who live next door are most helpful but never obtrusive. There is so much to explore in Kirkwall itself and in the Islands in general that many visits would be required even to scratch the surface. We have already booked our first return visit!
A Windy Week in Orkney
We spent a wonderful week in Orkney celebrating a 'significant' birthday. Innisgarth is a beautiful
cottage with everything provided and Kenny and Sheila were excellent hosts. The welcome pack was much appreciated. I think we chose one of the windiest weeks of the year but this did not stop us having a good time. The ceilidh dancing at the St. Magnus Centre on the Monday night was good fun.
Hope to make a return visit one day!
"The Kalleberg - Hutchinsons"
"Excellent Christmas 2009 at Innisgarth"
My wife Anna and myself wanted a Christmas with a difference. Coming from Norway (I am Scottish my wife Norwegian), Orkney seemed the right place because of historical links and the location...away from "Mainland Stress".
The service from Kenny and Shelia could not have been better, right from the moment he picked us up at the airport to the "Orkney Hamper" in the cottage. Best of all was the Christams Tree that Sheila had placed in the living room. (Great Touch)
Location was great, close enough to Kirkwall to spend days walking and shopping. Far enough to give "Country Living" in peace and quiet. In winter time you need a car to get around!
Supermarkets are only five minutes in the car and Kirkwall has a great "Old World" shopping streets.
with very friendly folk.
The cottage with two bedrooms was modern, in excellent condition very clean and well maintained.
The beds were comfortable, which makes life a little more pleasant.
Kitchen was excellent "Home from Home" making the Christmas Dinner and Dining later over a bottle or two with excellent "Vino"
Use of the garage for the car helped a lot during the snow and cold period
Overall there was nothing to complain about Kenny was very helpful at all times nothing was any bother to him.
We had our alternative Jul & Christmas and it was everything we wished for. (Even a White Christmas)
We would defintely return and would hope to do so in the summer when we plan tour the islands.
Hilsen fra Norge
Anna og David