Kirkwall SYHA Hostel is the perfect base to explore all that Orkney has to offer, whether you stay on the mainland or decide to go island-hopping! The hostel is in a quiet location, a 15 minute walk away from Kirkwall town centre and Scapa Beach, and only ten minutes away from the local shops.

The hostel comes with a large, fully equipped self-catering kitchen as well as a good-sized dining room and a cosy lounge area which are ideal for relaxing and socialising. Internet access is also available.

Apart from stunning scenery and a treasure of Neolithic and Viking heritage, Orkney offers a wealth of festivals: from the big ones like the Orkney Folk Festival in May and the St. Magnus Festival in June, to the internationally acclaimed Science Festival in September, and the more intimate Storytelling Festival in October. Year round there is an abundance of wildlife to watch, from seals to whales, and from otters to thousands of sea birds. Come early or late in the season, and you may very well be able to see the Northern Lights!

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature-lovers
  • Culture
  • Relaxing

Green rating



I adored my stay at the Kirkwall Hostel. Thoroughly enjoyed all that was available to everyone. It would be so much better if there was even a little more flexibility for 'closed' times during the day (10h00 - 17h00), possibly even making it 10h00 - 16h00, for example. Wonderful place


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Thu 16 Apr 2015

Un accueil très sympathique et un emplacement agréable pour profiter de la ville et plus largement de totute l'î bons conseils sur les visites intéressantes, les randos, les sorties possibles...


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Tue 02 Sep 2014