Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Free WiFi

Overview of Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel

2.0 star property

3.7/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast available
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Scotland, KW15 1BB

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBishop's Palace10 min walk
  • Popular LocationOrkney Museum12 min walk
  • Popular LocationSt. Magnus Cathedral12 min walk
  • AirportKirkwall (KOI)6 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kirkwall, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is near the beach. Orkney Museum and Orkney Wireless Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Maes Howe and Standing Stones of Stenness.

What's nearby

  • Bishop's Palace - 10 min walk
  • Earl's Palace - 11 min walk
  • Orkney Museum - 12 min walk
  • St. Magnus Cathedral - 12 min walk
  • Orkney Wireless Museum - 16 min walk

Getting around

  • Kirkwall (KOI) - 6 min drive


  • Happy Haddock Fish & Chips - 7 min walk
  • Empire - 8 min walk
  • Sunbean Coffee House - 9 min walk
  • Lucano - 9 min walk
  • Judith Glue - 11 min walk

About this property

Kirkwall Youth Hostel

Eco-friendly hostel in Kirkwall
Along with laundry facilities, this smoke-free hostel has a garden and free WiFi in public areas. Bathrooms are shared.
Kirkwall Youth Hostel offers 58 accommodations. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.
This property has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge.

Languages spoken


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast available for a fee daily 8:00 AM–10:00 AM: GBP 5.95 per person

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities


  • Lift

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities


  • Garden


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

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Check-in from 5 PM - 10 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 21 July and 31 March.

Access methods

Private entrance


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: GBP 5.95 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

Property is also known as

Kirkwall Youth
Kirkwall Youth Hostel Orkney Islands
Kirkwall Youth Hostel Kirkwall
Kirkwall Youth Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Kirkwall Youth Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kirkwall

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 4 out of 17 reviews
5 - Excellent 24%
Rating 4 - Good. 7 out of 17 reviews
4 - Good 41%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 17 reviews
3 - Okay 24%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 17 reviews
2 - Poor 6%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 17 reviews
1 - Terrible 6%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Will stay here again
First time in a youth hostel as an adult (and since the 80s) was a surprisingly pleasant experience. A private twin room for myself and my 12 yo daughter was great, shared facilities not too much of an issue even though the place was busy. Could do with more fridge space for guests, but ambient storage is plentiful, and the kitchen area and supplies ample for everyone. Location is great: within easy walking distance of the bus station for the able-bodied even with a heavy suitcase in tow, 10 minutes walk from 3 supermarkets and multiple takeaway food outlets (all independant, no chains), and within 10 minutes to the town centre and major attractions. Staff were available during advertised hours; friendly and efficient whenever encountered
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very friendly place and in a great location. On town service bus route on the hour until 6.00pm but everywhere was within walking distance.
Stayed 5 nights in Jul 2019

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
Staff were excellent and accommodating. Great value for the money if you just need a clean bed. Didn't like large communal area. Too many people using foul language. Dishes and utensils not clean.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2019

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Convenient location. Kitchen had all of the amenities necessary, but fridge space was limited and fridges were not clean. Private room was basic, but had everything needed. Only concern was not having staff available earlier in the day for checkin, and when I sent the hostel an email earlierthrough the booking program, I did not receive an answer.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2019

5/5 Excellent

Amazing and welcoming!
Stayed 5 nights in Aug 2018

1/5 Terrible

Don’t go there!
No hotels available for my date, so only a hostel available. This is not a hotel. Poor standard of accommodation, shared bathrooms, no tv etc in room. Uncomfortable single bed. If you’re a student on s budget this could be for you. Not for someone on business.
Stayed 5 nights in Aug 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Friendly staff
What you might expect from a youth hostel but a little added thoughtfulness.
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2018

3/5 Okay

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Nice enough. Staff very helpful and friendly. Rooms need updating ? power points for phone charging.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2018

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Room comfort
Misleading Advertising
The website was very misleading. It said single rooms available when there are no single rooms.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2018