Celebrate Winter in Orkney

Imagine this … sitting comfy, warm and snuggly with the romantic glows of the fireplace, with your favourite drink and comfort food -  while you watch the sea and wind gods showing off with boisterous dramatic fun!

Specials for out of school months/season

Capitalise on Out of  Season Weeks, where for far less, you get to enjoy yourselves just as much  -if not more!

Five charming 1800’s 4 star historic self-catering Cottages located right on the Stromness Harbour and waterfront. Retaining the charm of yesteryear, yet equipped with every modern amenity and tastefully decorated with contemporary stylish furnishings - the best of both worlds. Located on 36 & 40 Alfred Street and 4, 10 & 18 South End in Stromness, the heart of the Orkney Islands

24 June 2019

" Dear Rosemary,

We've just got home from a week staying at 18 South End. As we couldn't find a visitor's book, I just wanted to thank you for our stay.  It was absolutely fabulous, far exceeding all our expectations... The house could not have been in a better position, in fact we found ourselves spending hours just sitting with binoculars watching the boats, birds seals and ever-changing light from the garden or the conservatory. I have stayed in many holiday cottages but never one so well equipped and with so much attention to detail. All  this as well as being warm, comfortable and spotlessly clean.

Just a very preliminary enquiry....Might it be available for the same week next year? 

Best wishes"

Philippa Harrison

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25 May 2019

" Morning Rosemary,

We have had a wonderful holiday her. All packed and ready to go after our breakfast.

The weather could have been kinder but no matter...we came prepared.

We met up with old friends Bill and Jean Crichton who live just along the road.

Saw all the things we wanted to see. Had some lovely meals at the Ferry Inn and particularly at The Shore in Kirkwall. Both owned by Bill and Jean’s son Gareth. We bumped into him at his latest acquisition The Royal last night . We was going at it as he was overwhelmed by the “Folk” folk!

We had a pleasant surprise lunch in the Stromabank Hotel in Hoy.

The house is first class and so very well appointed. The views from the upstairs lounge were a constant joy.

Thank you for everything. We are thinking about next year with our missing friends so maybe will be in touch.

Regards."

Hamish

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24 May 2019

" Hi we just posted a few positive words on trip adviser. I wanted to tell you myself that we so loved staying in the house. It felt just like home! You have lovely taste and the decor is just delightful. Well equipped  and easy to live in. The terrace over the water is a delight. The weather was wonderful and the week was just magical for us. Thank you."

Lizzie and John

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10 May 2019

"Dear Rosemary

We all had a wonderful holiday based in your cottage at 10 South End last week.

Despite that cold north wind we were out all day every day and it was great to come back to the comfort of the cottage .

The clever design and all the generous extras left in the house really added to the enjoyment of our holiday in fantastic Orkney.

Thank you very much.

Kindest Regards"

Elizabeth

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10 May 2019

“Hi Rosemary,

We haven’t met but we have all really enjoyed our stay in your wonderful cottage. It was incredibly well equipped and how you organised the weather to be so good was appreciated.

Thank you."

 

Regards

Peter

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13 April 2019

Hi Rosemary

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at 10 South End and hope to be back soon. The house was truly fabulous and really appreciated the generous touches and hope we replaced as much as we used out from the food/kitchen stocks.

Best regards ”

Linda

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08 April 2019

“Hi Rosemary, 

Thank you for letting us use 4 South End, undoubtedly the best holiday property we have stayed in (and we've been in a good many over the years) and a great location. Looking forward to coming back to Stromness in  the summer. Warm regards ”

Gordon

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05 April 2019

“Had a great stay, thank you Rosemary would be delighted to use the cottages again in the future.”

James - Air BnB

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29 March 2019

“Never had we been so well provisioned and cared for as we were at 36 Alfred street. Every kind of sauce, tea, coffe, etc was there, all cooking implements, warmth, comfort and views of the sea and harbour. Rosemary went out of her way to provide a great base for a holiday. Pete and Ruth”

Ruth - Air BnB

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29 March 2019

“Thank you Rosemary.

Settled in great and been strolling around stromness. It's a lovely cottage in a lovely spot.
Everything is perfect. .”

James - Air BnB

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10 March 2019

“We very much enjoyed our stay at Rosemary’s! It was very clean, comfortable with lots of little extras, so close to the shops and pubs, plus the bothy and the view were icing on the cake! We would happily stay here again and recommend it to future guests.”

Heather - Air BnB

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10 March 2019

“Beautiful house with a spectacular view of the harbour. Highly recommended!!!”

Matt - Air BnB

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07 March 2019

“This was genuinely the best AirBnB any of us had EVER stayed in. With four bedrooms all with en-suite baths, it is an excellent place for a group or family getaway. You will have everything you could possibly need and more. The house is lovely and well located for access to the ferry and the village. The kitchen is very well equipped (don't worry about bringing spices - they are all there already). The house was clean and well furnished and I can't think of anything I would change. Thanks!”

Enid - Air BnB

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01 March 2019

“Excellent accommodation, clean, comfortable and spacious. I would highly recommend if staying in Orkney to check out the range of lovely houses available from Rosemary.”

Theresa - Air BnB

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25 February 2019

“Wow... a large group of us stayed in No 10 & 18 for 2 nights and everybody gave the cottages 5 stars. Stunning cottages, fabulous views, everything you need. 10 mins walk from the ferry terminal but parking area if you needed. Would highly recommend”

Gaynor - Air BnB

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14 February 2019

“We have just returned from a visit to Orkney where we stayed in this perfect home. This was absolutely the best rental we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in a few! What made it so special? First the location, Stromness is a quaint town brimming with history, second, the home was immaculate, third, it was stocked with everything we might need from olive oil to shower gel, fourth, the super comfy beds with tons of cosy blankets and pillows, and fifth, the views over the harbour and beyond.”

Will Oliver

 

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TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Taxis
There are no taxis waiting as such at the airport, but you can telephone or pre-organise by contacting any of these Taxis that transport guests to and from the airport regularly:
· Stromness Taxis – 01856 850750
· Orkney Taxis - 01856 875511
· Craigie's Taxis - 01856 878787
· Finstown Taxis - 07934 839058
· George's Taxis - 07541 034830
· Kirkwall Taxis - 018Bus Service

Bus Service
A bus service operated by Orkney Coaches meets the early morning and late evening flights, with a shuttle service throughout the rest of the day. Service times are available from Orkney Coaches on 01856 870 555 or from the airport Information Desk by calling 01856 886 210.

Car Hire
Car hire is a good option to look at. Prices are reasonable and it is fun to have one's own independent transport in Orkney – you will definitely end up doing more if you have your own transport and I think enjoy your holiday more. The nice thing about driving in Orkney is that it is not at all intimidating, since there are lovely quiet roads, everything is easy to find, no traffic, slow driving and you never feel stressed about driving around, since getting lost is a pleasure since everywhere you are surrounded by sea and green pastures! Even if you try you can't get too lost! You could contact the details below just to get a quote. The nice thing is that you can pick the car up at the airport and return it there, so that covers both sides too so you can maximise your last day too.

W R Tullock
Contact telephone - 01856 875 500
Email: info@wr-tullock.co.uk
Email: airportcarrental@btconnect.com

Norman W Brass
Self Drive Car Hire
Blue Star Garage, North End Road,
Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AG
Tel: 01856 850850 / Fax: 01856 850985
Email: info@nwbrass.co.uk

J D Peace Cars
Scotts Road
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1GR
Tel: 01856 879600 / Fax: 01856 875300
Mobile: 07786956843
Email: info@jdpeacecars.com

John G Shearer & Sons
Burnmouth Road
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1QY
Tel: 01856 872950
Email: info@shearersorkney.co.uk

A1 Car Hire/Colin Gregg Cars
Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RE
Telephone: 01856 870900
Mobile: 07856 870900
Email:anna@colingreggcars.co.uk

Drive Orkney
Grainshore Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1FL
Telephone: 01856 877551 / Fax 01856 871738
Email: info@driveorkney.com

GREAT EATING OUT OPTIONS

(all in walking distance from the cottages) 

Argo’s Bakery: Which has general groceries as well as Orkney Fudge and Confectionary. Victoria Street, Stromness. Tel 01856 850245. Email: sales@argosbakery.co.uk

Julia’s Café & Bistro: Ferry Road (diagonally opposite the Stromness Ferry Terminal ). Seating both inside and outside too on benches in summer. Great cappuccinos! Tel: 01856  850904

The Café: 22 Victoria Street, Stromness. Tel: 01856 850551. 

The Ferry Inn: Stromness Harbour. Tel: 01856 850280. Great selection of Ales!

The Royal Hotel: has 3 pubs, 1 of them is most comfortable to enjoy a hearty meal in. There is also a more  formal restaurant (The Haven Restaurant) too. Great ales! 55 Victoria Street, Stromness, Tel 01856 850342

The Stromness Hotel: has good Orkney produce in their Scapa Flow Restaurant. They also have award winning Orkney Ales & over 100 malt whiskies, including special bottling from the Highland Park Distillery &   Scapa Distillery (both Distilleries are based in Orkney). Stromness Harbour, Tel 01856 850298.

The Hamnavoe Restaurant: 35 Graham Place, Stromness, Everyone raves about this local produce and seafood restaurant with old-fashioned value and charm. Tel 01856 850606 .

Chinese Take Away: Victoria Street, Stromness. Really tasty, nice selection of very well priced meals. Open when other places are not. 075 846 78038

On a Friday evening, The Chippie is open on the Stromness Pier – it is a caravan just outside the Stromness   Hotel next to the Pier. Worth waiting in the line for!

FRESH PRODUCE TO COOK UP AN ORKNEY STORM

 

The Bayleaf Delicatessen Restaurant:19 Graham Place, Victoria Street, Stromness. A little gem with lovely   cheeses, smoked fish, great coffee to take away etc. Have to go there!

Buy seafood caught by Orkney Fishermen at Orkney Fresh Fish and Shellfish, Garson Park Stromness,      T:01856 850870 / E: contact@orkneyfishshop.co.uk. You have to enjoy Orkney seafood while staying here!

Orkney Beef, Lamb  and Pork and 11 other meats including game birds, venison and poultry at: Flett Family Butcher, Fruiterer and Greengrocer. 63 John Street, Stromness, Tel 01856 850309  

The Co-Op: A general grocery store at 27 North End Rd, Stromness (diagonally opposite the Stromness  Ferry Terminal/Harbour). You can get most of your supplies here & it is conveniently open 7 days a week 7am   - 11pm. For specialised goods, there is a large Tescos in Kirkwall (18 Pickaquoy Rd, Kirkwall) that Is open 7 days a week 6am – midnight & on Sundays 8am to 10pm. Tel 0345 026 9658.