FOODIE PLACES (all in walking distance from the cottages, unless otherwise mentioned)
The Peedie Corner Café: 3 Alfred Street. Hot filled rolls, soups, toasties and home bakes. Tel 07525419377.
The Tearoom: 10 Graham Place. Kerry Sinclair bakes delicious confectionaries for you to indulge in and has lovely light meals too. Tel: 01856 850551.
The Bayleaf: 19 Graham Place, Victoria Street, Stromness. A little gem and deli with lovely healthy gluten free options as well as cheeses, smoked fish, great coffee to take away etc. Have to go there!
The Hamnavoe: 36 Graham Place. A highly rated restaurant, and you need to pre-book. Sometimes, way in advance. Tel 01856 850606
Argo’s Bakery: 50 – 52 Victoria Street. Has general groceries as well as Orkney Fudge and Confectionaries as well as hot pies. Take aways. Tel 01856 850245. Email: email@example.com.
The Chinese Take Away: 63 Victoria Street. Besides tasty Chinese they also do Fish and Chips and other take aways. Tel 01856 850248.
The Royal Hotel: 55 Victoria Street. Has 3 pubs, 1 of them you can also enjoy a hearty meal in. There is also a more formal restaurant (The Haven Restaurant) too. Great ales! Tel 01856 850342
Ell&Co: 22 Victoria Street. Lovely contemporary café right on the seafront at the Stromness Harbour (opposite Stromness Hotel), 22 Victoria Street. Tel 01856 851416.
The Stromness Hotel: 15 Victoria Street. Has well0priced, good Orkney produce in their Scapa Flow Restaurant which over-looks the harbour. 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). Have a pub too … “The Flattie”. Stromness Harbour, Tel 01856 850298.
Julia’s Café & Bistro: John Street (diagonally opposite the Stromness Ferry Terminal ). Seating both inside and outside too on benches in summer. Great cappuccinos! Tel: 01856 850904
The Ferry Inn: 10 John Street, Stromness Harbour. Tel: 01856 850280. Cosy Pub with a great selection of Ales and locally produced beers, gins and whiskies.
Flett Family Butcher, Fruiterer and Greengrocer: 63 John Street, A country selection of local Orkney fresh produce, game birds, venison and poultry – old fashioned and quaint. Tel 01856 850309
The Co-Op: A general grocery store at 27 North End Rd (diagonally opposite the Stromness/Northlink Ferry Terminal/Harbour). You can get most of your supplies here and you can stock up with delicious Orkney milk, Orkney Cheeses, Orkney Butter, Orkney bannocks, Stockan’s Orkney oatcakes (great with Orkney cheese on them), Orkney fudge, Orkney Ice Cream, freshly baked breads and confectionaries etc. Orkney beers, gins and whiskies too! It is conveniently open 7 days a week 7am - 11pm. For a bigger supermarket as such, there is a large Tescos in Kirkwall, which you would need to drive to (18 Pickaquoy Rd, Kirkwall) that Is open 7 days a week 6am – midnight & on Sundays 8am to 10pm. Tel 0345 026 9658
Orkney Fish and Shellfish: Garson Park (you need to drive there … just out of town). All things local seafood can be bought for you to cook up an Orkney Storm … scallops, salmon, fish, crab, lobster, fish, smoked and some ready to eat and much more! Tel 01856 850870, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tesco’s in Kirkwall: 18 Pickaquoy Rd, Kirkwall. It is open 7 days a week 6am – midnight & on Sundays 8am to 10pm. Tel 0345 026 9658.
Cafelolz in Kirkwall: If you are wanting delicious Orcadian freshly baked confectionary treats as well as gluten free dishes and/or light luncheon meals with a difference (really sumptuous!) – treat yourselves to this cute little café down a short lane (Strynd Lane) off the main street (the lane right next to Highland Park Distillery Shop and in between St. Magnus Cathedral). Strynd, Kirkwall. +44 1856 877714. If you want someone to cater for yourselves while you are in Orkney or a take away meal for your family or a special occasion – Lorraine can organise this too, with a bit of advance notice.
FERRIES ACCROSS TO ORKNEY - There are two Ferry Services to get to Orkney.
Northlink Ferry Service which proudly boats the impressive vessel The Hamnavoe, which travels between Scrabster and Stromness. It docks right in the Stromness Harbour – a 4 minute drive to the cottages. It is exceptionally well-maintained and comfy. There is a play area for the children, pleasant pub and a self-service restaurant where you can enjoy a good, well-priced meal aboard. It is a really pleasant crossing and is part of the holiday, you also get to travel right past the Old Man of Hoy, so make sure you have your camera out, quite special! https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/timetables/
Pentland Ferries has two vessels and they travel between Gills Bay (4km from John O’Groats) and an Orkney town called St Margaret’s Hope. It is a 45-minute drive from St. Margarets Hope to Stromness where the Cottages are positioned. It is a pleasant drive and not difficult to navigate at all. There are also attractions along the way you might want to stop at such as the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel. https://www.pentlandferries.co.uk
FLIGHTS TO ORKNEY
There are regular Loganair flights to (Kirkwall) Orkney from Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Kirkwall is about a 35-minute drive to Stromness, where Seafront Orkney Cottages are located. Loganair also operates scheduled island-hopping flights within Orkney, linking Mainland with the isles of Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Westray and Papa Westray. Flying between Westray and Papa Westray is the world’s shortest scheduled flight! Treat yourselves to this world record! It takes under two minutes depending on the wind direction.
TRANSPORTATION ON THE ISLAND
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
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 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.
Norman W Brass
Self Drive Car Hire
Blue Star Garage, North End Road,
Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AG
Tel: 01856 850850 / Fax: 01856 850985
J D Peace Cars
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1GR
Tel: 01856 879600 / Fax: 01856 875300
John G Shearer & Sons
Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1QY
Tel: 01856 872950
A1 Car Hire/Colin Gregg Cars
Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RE
Telephone: 01856 870900
Mobile: 07856 870900
Grainshore Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1FL
Telephone: 01856 877551 / Fax 01856 871738