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Kirkwall hotels and places to stay

Kirkwall Youth Hostel
2 out of 5
Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.55 mi from city centre
3.7/5Good! (17 reviews)
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 ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Kirkwall Youth Hostel
Castleyards Apartment 12
3.5 out of 5
12 Castleyards, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.1 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
A fabulous place

"This place was exactly what I needed for my 3+ week stay in Kirkwall. It was conveniently located, had parking, was equipped with everything that I needed and was excellently serviced. I would most definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Castleyards Apartment 12
St Ola Hotel
3 out of 5
Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
The price is £105 per night
0.19 mi from city centre
3.8/5Good! (56 reviews)
Nice hotel

"Nice hotel room looking over the harbour. Very comfortable & staff lovely"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

St Ola Hotel
Heatherlea B&B
3.5 out of 5
Weyland Terrace, Kirkwall, Scotland
The price is £110 per night
0.33 mi from city centre
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Debbie could not have made me more welcome. The place is spotless, welcoming, everything I could have needed was there. Comfortable, affordable.....I could go on and on."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Heatherlea B&B
Karrawa Guest House
3 out of 5
Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.78 mi from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)

"Warm welcome, comfortable room, very pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Karrawa Guest House
Castleyards Apartment 1
3 out of 5
1 West Castle Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.09 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect for 1 or 2. Right in town with parking.

"Could not fault it. Wonderful. Thats all i want to say If you dont let it submit this time you wont get a review"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2018

Castleyards Apartment 1
Castleyards Apartment 2
3.5 out of 5
2 Castleyards, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.1 mi from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
In the centre of Kirkwall

"Excellently located apartment in the centre of Kirkwall. The flat is well equipped and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

Castleyards Apartment 2
Lynnfield Hotel
4 out of 5
Holm Road, St Ola, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.94 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Beautiful and charming hotel. Lovely eclectic furniture and ephemera arranged to create a warm and inviting atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019

Lynnfield Hotel
Phyl's Flat
3.5 out of 5
Flat 1, Stewarts Buildings, Junction Road, Kirkwall, Scotland
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0.12 mi from city centre
Phyl's Flat
Albert Hotel
3 out of 5
Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £140 per night
0.13 mi from city centre
4.4/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)
This is a great choice.

"This is an excellent hotel well situated for easy access to everything Kirkwall and the Island have to offer. The room (208) is beautifully presented. There is minimal noise from outside. I was unaware of any noise from other rooms. The fresh décor and generous room size were a welcome surprise. ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

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Visiting Kirkwall

Visitors to Kirkwall are sure to enjoy the bars. Tourists can also enjoy the city's cathedral, monuments and museums. A top sight in the area is Skara Brae.

  • There are 19 hotels and other accommodation options in Kirkwall
  • The closest major airport is in Kirkwall (KOI), 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from the city centre

Sightseeing and Staying in Kirkwall

The city's cultural venues include Orkney Museum and Orkney Wireless Museum. The city is notable for landmarks like St. Magnus Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace. Additionally, you might want to add Mainland to your agenda.

As you plan your holiday, you'll find 19 hotels and other lodging options to choose from in Kirkwall. These are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Albert Hotel - With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi. It's a favourite with Expedia travellers for its bar and clean, comfortable rooms.
  • The Shore - Our customers like the dining options and bar at this hotel. With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi.
  • St Ola Hotel - This 3-star guesthouse features a restaurant, free WiFi and 2 bars. Expedia customers like its bar and overall value.

One of the top places to see outside the city is Skara Brae, located 14.4 mi (23.1 km) from the city centre.

Dressing for Kirkwall

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 8°C and the night-time average to be 2°C
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 15°C during the day and 3°C at night
  • July to September averages 16°C during the day and 8°C at night
  • Between October and December, the average temperature is 12°C during the day and 2°C at night
  • Kirkwall gets about 27 millimetres of rain per year
  • Hottest months are usually August and July with an average temperature of 15°C, while the coldest months are February and March with an average of 2°C

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place to stay in Kirkwall?
Based on our traveller data, The Ayre Hotel is one of the top choices for your stay. This 3-star hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Other good choices for your trip include Albert Hotel and The Shore.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Kirkwall, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel bookings are fully refundable as long as you cancel prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If your reservation is non-refundable, it may still be possible to cancel it and get a refund within a 24-hour period of booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then you can filter by “free cancellation” to review the best deals available in Kirkwall.
What's the best accommodation option when travelling with children to Kirkwall?
Karrawa Guest House is a top 3-star guesthouse on Expedia for families, and features free parking and free breakfast. St Ola Hotel is another good choice for your stay with the kids.
What's the best place to stay for a beach holiday in Kirkwall?
St Ola Hotel is a top 3-star beach guesthouse with 2 bars/lounges and a restaurant. Head to Scapa beach or Mill Sand for some quality time by the water.
What's the best accommodation in Kirkwall that's close to historical sites?
Based on our travel expertise, St Ola Hotel is a top 3-star guesthouse for history buffs booking on Expedia, and offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Also, notable landmarks to visit include St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s Palace and Bishop’s Palace.
What is staying in Kirkwall like?
Visitors to Kirkwall will definitely enjoy the bars. Tourists can also enjoy the city’s cathedral, monuments and museums. In Kirkwall, there are 21 hotels and other accommodation options to choose from.
What should I see while I'm in Kirkwall?
The city’s cultural venues include Orkney Museum and Orkney Wireless Museum. The city is notable for landmarks such as St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s Palace and Bishop’s Palace. A couple of additional sights to add to your itinerary are Scapa beach and Mainland.
What's the seasonal weather like in Kirkwall?
The hottest months are usually July and August, with an average temperature of 12°C, while the coldest months are February and January, with an average of 4°C. Average annual rainfall for Kirkwall is 830 mm.

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