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Orkney Isles - Kirkwall Youth Hostel

Old Scapa Rd, Kirkwall, KW15 1BB, Scotland

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Overall Rating 84%

From 4 Reviews

Hostel rating (4)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 83%
Location 80%
Security 83%
Service 83%
Comfort 80%
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.

  • Dorm
    From $24.51
  • Private
    From $42.89
10 or more people?

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
  • Computer Charges - Free
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby
  • Internet Cafe Distance - 2 to 3km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - 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



Super hostel, kind people , good location


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Fri 24 May 2019

Dirty and very old. No nice.


Avatar for Josep


Mon 20 May 2019

Nice place, good facilities. Little bit a pity that via hihostels it look liked fully booked. In reality there was extra place. If I had knows this I had stayed there longer.


Avatar for Hermina


Sat 18 May 2019

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.


Avatar for Tania


Tue 18 Sep 2018


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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