A comfortably furnished stone built holiday cottage on the north shore of Scapa Flow, with fine unspoilt views south over the Flow and west to the hills of Hoy.
The cottage was converted in 1998 from traditional croft buildings to provide a unique environment for family holidays in one of the Orkney mainlands most popular parishes.
The cottage is equidistant from Kirkwall and Stromness and is a mile from the south isles ferry terminal of Houton. With excellent walking country in the Orphir hills, and a short drive to Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones, the cottage provides a perfect base for exploring the main...land and south isles.
The cottage is capable of sleeping up to six people in two spacious double bedrooms and using the double pull-out sofa bed in the living room. All bed linen and towels are provided.
In the interests of green tourism, as promoted by Visit Scotland's Green Tourism Business Scheme, we are keen to make our contribution to environmental conservation. Visitors will notice the small (6 kW) pole mounted wind generator on land well to the back of the cottage which feeds electricity by underground cable to heat and light the cottage. This supplements the mains supply and allows surplus electricity to be fed back into the grid. With the same interest of reducing the carbon footprint of the cottage, the insulation in the loft spaces was recently increased, making the cottage feel warmer and more comfortable, as well as saving energy. Also, a solid fuel stove is provided in the sitting room and all lights are fitted with low energy bulbs. Facilities are provided for collection and recycling of waste.
These measures complement the superb natural surroundings of the cottage which provide a habitat for many species of birds, including oyster catchers, curlews, lapwings and the rather rare short eared owl, as well as an abundance of hares. Otters have been seen down on the sea shore below the cottage.Read more
The cottage is situated on the north shore of Scapa Flow in open farmland and about 500 yds from the sea shore. There is a coastal walk along the cliff top to the Orkneyinga Saga Visitor Centre in the one direction and to the open sands of Swanbister Bay in the other. There is extensive walking in the Orphir hills at the back of the cottage.
Within Orphir Village there is a post office and a pub serving food most evenings of the week. For food shopping it will be necessary to drive the 10 miles to Kirkwall, where there is a selection of supermarkets and other food shops, or to Stromness.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Waterfront
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Left on 05/25/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | porterskye
love the cottage, the position, easy access to anywhere on the mainland and peace an quiet. The previous comment makes reference to bad TV reception - that has been rectified (or I had no problem with it). The wild life is amazing. Been watching a single otter all week in front of the house, and on Friday morning it had a play mate - a large dog otter. Hopefully lots of little otters next year!!! While watching the two otters, also spotted minke whale off Flotta. Jess the collie, has terrorised the resident hares and pheasants
Left on 05/20/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | The Bavin Family
Had an amazing time in Orkney, The cottage was everything we could ask for, spacious, clean and all the comforts of home. Only slight downside was the TV reception wasn't wonderful, but the views and scenery made up for that.
We look forward to finding the time to return. Read more
Good News ! We now have a fixed aerial in the loft, fitted in April, so hopefully the TV reception will now be good.
Cosy, restful and reassuringly eco-friendly
Left on 10/18/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Stephanie Bunbury
Findlay's cottage was the best possible base for a week in the lovely (but often wet and cold) Orkneys. The house was warm, cosy and spectacularly situated, so we were happy to spend evenings there cooking up a storm; it also had a friendly "lived-in" feel about it, rather than the anonymity of a holiday rental.We spent every day travelling to a different island and were overwhelmed by the richness of historicaland archaeological remains and the bleak splendour of the landscape. A highlight was visiting the Italian chapel to find there was a mass being held for descendants of the prisoners-of-war who built it - a special moment in a peaceful place that already invites spiritual contemplation. Top marks to the Halcro Johnstons too for the power-generating windmill - we were very impressed by that commitment to the environment. There's certainly no shortage of wind!
Left on 10/13/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Jamie,Linda&Mike
We found the cottage to be peaceful, comfortable, clean and warm. The cottage has a fantastic view to enjoy in all weathers and it is an ideal location to explore the rest of Orkney from. A lot of maps and leaflets on all the varied places to visit had been thoughtfully provided too. There is so much to see in Orkney that we will return to Findlay's cottage another time to see the rest.
Left on 06/10/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | Maria
Very homely decoration and well-equipped cottage.
Was easy to relax and use the cottage as a nice place to come home after a day out.
Location on the west mainland of Orkney is very convenient for exploring the mainland. Close to the sea.
Felt like a home.
Left on 06/10/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Mary & Alan McDonald
Lovely warm comfortable cottage with fabulous views over the floe. Orkney is a wonderful relaxing spiritual place, lots to see with tranquility uf you want it and lots of ancient history. Trips to the other Isles are reccomended. Lots of really fine craftsmen & women.
Left on 06/13/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | Anon
A stunning location and very handy for both Stromness and Kirkwall. The cottage was well appointed and cosy. A safe haven in the wild and windy spring weather. The local services were friendly and helpful.
Left on 05/29/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | porterskye
It was cold, wet and extremely windy outside, but we were warm, dry and cozy inside. Managed to get lots of short walks in, between the squalls, from near the house. Everything in the house you need for days in (jigsaws, games and books) and out (maps, walking books, and guide boooks) Read more
Many thanks for the very generous review but am so sorry you had such lousy weather. Jim
A very enjoyable experience in a beautiful and remote location
Left on 01/27/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | Patrob
A quiet cottage outside the towns but within easy reach of them so that we could take full advantage of their amenities and the events at the St Magnus Festival. The location was perfect offering peace and tranquillity and the cottage very well equipped catering for all our needs. The views were superb...a joy to open the curtains in the morning! Excellent for walks by the sea. We were lucky with the weather. We will return!!
Left on 01/06/2011 for a stay in May 2010 | Peter&Mags
Very comfortable cottage in a quiet but accessible location with wondeful views over Scapa Flow.
Interesting walks nearby and extensive information avaiable to make the best use of your stay.
The caretaker was very friendly and helpful waiting when the ferry is delayed.
The porch is especially recommended for an indoor sitootery.
Left on 01/06/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | G Barber
This was our second stay in Findlay's Cottage and it probably won't be our last. The cottage is genuinely homely and welcoming and has every home comfort that we could have hoped for. In the cottage there are homely touches such as the family photos that give the cottage a real sense of being loved and cared for.
The area is peaceful and quiet, is great for a place to stay with dogs and is well positioned for most of the island visiting, walks and wildlife watching.
One of lifes little gems - but keep that to yourself!
Left on 01/02/2011 for a stay in October 2010 | Angela Marwick
This is our second visit to Findlays Cottage. We were met by Jane the caretaker with a very warm welcome. The cottage was lovely. Very cozy and you felt very relaxed here. The cottage itself had everything you could want. Location was beautiful. Very peaceful yet close enough for amenties. Views were outstanding, even saw Orca whales from our bedroom window - amazing!!! Overall perfect holiday base, we will certainly visit again
Left on 12/31/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Barbara Noakes
James was easy to deal with, and Jane was helpful and welcoming. The cottage was provided with many books and brochures of the local area. The location of Findlays cottage was quiet and private with wonderful views over Scapa Flow. The glassed in front entrance room was great for sitting and observing the boats and people walking along the shore. The shower was not good, with poor water pressure. Read more
Good news, everyone. We've fitted a power shower !
what a fantastic view and walks straight from the house
Left on 12/31/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Sylvia
saw the house while staying in the area previously and hunted it down on line. Certainly wasnt disappointed, home from home, warm and comfy. Lots to do in the area, friendly pub up the road that did good wholesome bar meals. Have booked again for next year
We have stayed in Orkney a few times and this cottage was in the best location by far. The cottage is beautifully equipped and the surrounding scenery superb. Great walking and bird-watching as always on Ornkey but this time we could bird watch from our bedroom window if we wished. We were extremely lucky to take advantage of a cancellation when we booked rather late. Next time we'll book well in advance.
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