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Orkney Isles - Kirkwall Youth Hostel

Old Scapa Rd, Kirkwall, KW15 1BB, Scotland

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Overall Rating 80%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 70%
Location 90%
Security 80%
Service 70%
Comfort 70%
Green rating 80%

A friendly hostel close to the historic town of Kirkwall and beautiful 12th century St Magnus Cathedral. A great base for exploring Orkney.

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Kirkwall Hostel

Hostel Kirkwall

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Kirkwall Youth 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!


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of GBP 3.00 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 2 to 3km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Apr to 29 Sept

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Skara Brae (More than 10km)
  • Highland Park Distillery (500m to 1km)
  • Old Man of Hoy (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Kirkwall ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für alles, was man auf "Mainland" unternehmen möchte. Habe im Hostel nette Bekanntschaften geschlossen. Würde wieder dort eine Unterkunft nehmen, wenn ich das nächste Mal nach Orkney komme.


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Tue 18 Sep 2018

Great location but pretty bare bones room, and not really cheap.


Avatar for Rayne


Tue 22 May 2018

Please inform your guests when they book that the hostel is not open until 5 pm.


Avatar for Sandy


Sat 23 Sep 2017

Hier ist alles bestens, sauber, Personal nett, die Hühner sind der Hammer.


Avatar for Jens


Mon 13 Jun 2016

Graham was extremely helpful and going out of his way to make sure we were having the best of times during our time on the isles. He's very enthusiastic about the Orkney islands and wants to share that enthusiasm - it definitely worked! :-) Thanks a lot


Avatar for Johannes


Tue 07 Jun 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (1 to 2km)
  • Cinema (1 to 2km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (1 to 2km)
  • Gym (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (1 to 2km)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (500m to 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m to 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

5km to Kirkwall Airport. Inverness and Wick Airports both on the mainland
There is a direct coach to Inverness from the bus station
1.6km from Kirkwall harbour. 7km Hatston 24km Stromness 24km St. Margaret's Hope 40km Burwick
Parking is free at the hostel
The nearest rail station is Thurso on the mainland
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Windsurfing

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