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Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of The Shore

The Shore

3.0 star property

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
Shore Street, Kirkwall, Scotland, KW15 1LG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSt. Magnus Cathedral5 min walk
  • Popular LocationOrkney Museum7 min walk
  • Popular LocationBishop's Palace9 min walk
  • AirportKirkwall (KOI)6 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kirkwall, The Shore is in the city centre. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Mainland and Scapa Beach, while Orkney Wireless Museum and Orkney Museum are cultural highlights.

What's nearby

  • Orkney Wireless Museum - 3 min walk
  • St. Magnus Cathedral - 5 min walk
  • Orkney Museum - 7 min walk
  • Earl's Palace - 9 min walk
  • Bishop's Palace - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Kirkwall (KOI) - 6 min drive


  • Pomona Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Trenabies Bistro - 3 min walk
  • The Bothy Bar - 4 min walk
  • Buster's Diner - 4 min walk
  • Archive Coffee - 4 min walk

About this property

The Shore

3-star hotel in Kirkwall with bar/lounge
A bar/lounge and free WiFi in public areas are available at this smoke-free hotel. Housekeeping is available on request.
The Shore offers 17 accommodations with complimentary bottles of water and a hairdryer. LCD televisions come with digital channels.

Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on request and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Languages spoken


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, dinner and through room service
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

  • Free off-site parking within 66 ft

Food and drink

  • 1 bar

Family friendly

  • Free cots/infant beds


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Luggage storage


  • 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)
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Heating


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • Digital channels
  • LCD TV

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free bottled water


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from October 25 2021 to 2022 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

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

Payment types at the property

Important information

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
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

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

Property is also known as

Shore Hotel Kirkwall
Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel
The Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel Kirkwall

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 50 out of 92 reviews
5 - Excellent 54%
Rating 4 - Good. 27 out of 92 reviews
4 - Good 29%
Rating 3 - Okay. 10 out of 92 reviews
3 - Okay 11%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 92 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 3 out of 92 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The Shore was recently acquired by its neighbor, the Kirkwall Hotel, so the reception desk is one building to the west - and various websites and other services (including the in-room phones) have yet to be updated to the new numbers. The building is irregular, with room in nooks and crannies. Ours was an attic with nice skylights and views, though many stairs to access. The staff, especially Andrew, were very polite and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and will return in the future!
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022

1/5 Terrible

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Cold, damp room with very small single bed.
When I arrived at 8pm reception was not manned. Only looking around I saw a note to say that I had to go to a different hotel to get key. If I was not local I would not have known were this other hotel was. I also called the number listed but know one picked up. Room was really dreadful, small, damp smelling and cold, the heating had not been switched on. I also had been given a small single bed, and room looked nothing like pictures. Soap dispenser in shower was empty. To be honest room was awful and the only reason I did not complain straight away was the fact that it was raining outside and I was incredibly tired after travelling all day. I informed reception that next morning at 6.30 am that I was dissatisfied, and that room was not worth the money and that I felt ripped off. This room was not worth the money and was an embarrassment to Hotel. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2022

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
It’s gonna be great…
This space was recently purchased by the Kirkwall Hotel property next door. It is going to be an amazing space once the transition is complete. The staff that helped us were kind and professional and our room was very comfortable. It was an experience we won’t soon forget. 😉
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2021