|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||125 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic, Away from it all, Rural, Waterfront|
Description from the owner
A luxuriously 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 mainlandâ€™s 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 fo...Read more
Findlays Holiday Cottage in Orkney, Scotland
Orphir, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Additional Location Information
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.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Waterfront
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$46||$46||$305 - $685||$0||3 nights|
|Oct. 1 2012 - Dec. 31 2012||-||-||$305||-||3 nights|
|Jan. 1 2013 - Mar. 31 2013||-||-||$305||-||3 nights|
|Apr. 1 2013 - Apr. 30 2013||-||-||$381||-||7 nights|
|May. 1 2013 - May. 31 2013||-||-||$533||-||7 nights|
|Jun. 1 2013 - Aug. 31 2013||-||-||$685||-||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Sep. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013||-||-||$533||-||7 nights|
|Oct. 1 2013 - Oct. 31 2013||-||-||$381||-||7 nights|
|Nov. 1 2013 - Dec. 31 2013||-||-||$305||-||3 nights|
|All Other Dates||$46||$46||-||-||3 nights|
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AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 10, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Cosy, restful and reassuringly eco-friendly
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!
Warm, comfortable and with a fabulous view.
Have stayed at Findlays Cottage a number of times and always find it well kept and comfortable. Caretaker very nice and helpful. Wonderful views and ideally placed for exploring Orkney.
A great cottage and a perfect view
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.
Really enjoyed our stay here with our dogs. Everything we needed, good location from which to explore.
relaxing and inspiring
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.
Mary & Alan McDonald
Askrigg N. yorkshire
A wondeful comfortable week in Orkney
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.
Home from Home
Cant remember whether this year was the 3rd or 4th time staying at Findlays, but have booked for next year. I love it. Everything and more that you need for a weeks self catering. Far enough away from the road not to be bothered by traffic, and near enought to get anywhere on the islands
Fantastic cottage in a brilliant location to explore the islands
I recently visited with some friends and cannot recommend the place highly enough. The cottage is a gorgeous, traditional place, just off the main road but definitely not too far from anywhere for exploring. Right between Stromness and Kirkwall it is ideally located to get anywhere on the Mainland easily. The Orkney islands are a fantastic holiday destination, beautiful countryside and plenty of sites to visit and things to do. It was slightly windy, being late February, but the weather was fine most days. I cannot wait to return soon, and would definitely stay in Findlay's again. And of course, fantastic value for a week. Thank you so much!!
Relaxing, comfortable, well equipped house - and what a view!
This property was easy to book, James was very helpful and sent all the information we could need (although it would save you considerable work and cost to email the info rather than post!).
The house contained all we could need and the contact person on the island was very helpful. The house was very clean and tidy.
The view was amazing, and it was so nice and quiet. Thanks for a great family holiday - just too short!
Ledbury, United Kingdom
Fantastic location, perfect for a quiet break.
We stayed at Findlays Cottage for our honeymoon and we really loved our time there. The cottage is in an incredible location with amazing views of the Scapa Flow and whilst there are a few other cottages nearby, you really feel like you are getting away from it all here. It's spotlessly clean, has everything you need and I don't think the photos do it justice. Everything is well looked after and the cottage is warm and comfortable. The master bedroom is superb with large windows and great views to wake up to. There aren't any pubs or restaurants within a realistic walking distance, but the drive to Kirkwall doesn't take long and there are plenty of places to go there. Let's be honest, you wont be going to Orkney for the buzzing nightlife anyway! We had a read through the guest book which was full of nothing but positives and contained comments from people who had returned to Findlays Cottage after previous stays there. I can't recommend this place enough a "get away from it all" trip. We loved the Orkney Islands and when we return we'll definitely stay at Findlays Cottage again.
Beautiful views and comfortable cottage!
The cottage is set in a peaceful location with uninterrupted views across Scapa Flow and the Hoy hills. The sea is literally only a stones through away. Sunsets and sunrises are amazing!
There's always a warm welcome on arrival and the cottage is spacious and comfortable. An ideal place to relax and unwind.
We love the place and will be going again in a couple of month's time.
Part of me doesn't want to tell anyone about it and keep it our secret, but I'll have to share!
A home from home.
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.
Beautiful comfortable cottage in fantastic location and ideal for the dogs and us as well.Good to see a holiday cottage so environmentally friendly. Can't wait to come again.
Portree, Isle of Skye
Wow! another great week despite the weather
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)
Response from James and Diana Halcro Johnston - 06/11/2011
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
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!!
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.
A real getaway
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!
amazing cottage, perfect location
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
Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Relaxed, friendly and comfortable.
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.
Response from James and Diana Halcro Johnston - 06/02/2011
Good news, everyone. We've fitted a power shower !
what a fantastic view and walks straight from the house
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
wonderful relaxing experience
The house was beautifully situated, well maintained & equiped and the location convenient for exploring Orkney
H & B
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.