Camping and Hostels in Orkney

Camping in Orkney can be a very rewarding experience, many campsites are near the shoreline and offer stunning views over the archipelago.


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Enjoy camping in Orkney


Wild camping is also a right of passage in Scotland, with breathtaking scenery and well kept public facilities.  Of course, it is important that you look after the countryside and adhere to the Wild Camping Code.

Around the mainland and on many of the islands, there are some superb camping facilities and hostels but it is always wise to check with them first, as some are limited for space and may not be able to accommodate all type of camper.

We have provided a list of the ones we know of but if you have a site that you wish listed or want to make any alterations to your entry (there is no charge), please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

You may also want to try the website http://www.orkney-campsites.com for loads of information about campsites, camping and associated businesses.

Ayre’s Rock Hostel & Campsite

Sanday, Orkney, KW17 2AY

Paul and Julie Allan welcome you to Ayre’s Rock. We  have Four Star accredited hostel accommodation on a self-catering or B&B basis, and evening meals can be provided too.

The shop stocks local crafts and the Chip Shop offers hot meal takeaways on Tuesday and Saturday nights.

Birsay Outdoor Centre

Birsay, KW17 2LY

Birsay Outdoor Centre offers comfortable three star accommodation in the northwest corner of the Orkney Mainland, in close proximity to spectacular and varied coastline, including dramatic cliffs and quiet beaches.

The centre has been recently refurbished and offers comfortable accommodationin it’s 5 bedrooms, with all new furniture, beds and appliances.

Exclusive room hire is available; the hostel welcomes singles, groups and families.

Burnmouth Cottage (Isle of Hoy) WILD CAMPING

Nr Rackwick, Isle of Hoy, Orkney

Wild / rough camping areas close to Rackwick include behind the hostel, down by new public conveniences or near to Burnmouth Cottage a heather thatched bothy.

Treat areas with respect and seek permission.Walk to Old Man from here. See wild camping in Scotland advice.

Deerness Community Centre Caravan and Camp Site

Deerness, Mainland Orkney, KW17 2QH
Contact: 01856 741317

Set in the heart of the picturesque farming community of Deerness in the East Mainland of Orkney, sandy beaches, coastal walks, 1/4 mile to shop.

Eviedale Centre Camp Site

Evie, Orkney, KW17 2PJ

There are pitches for about 10 tents and two small camper vans (suggest ringing before arrival).

Facilities are provided for those people wishing to avoid larger Municipal sites and who enjoy a rural setting.

We must point out, we are not a holiday park, do not offer laundry facilities, ‘hook ups’ or sewage disposal and are afraid, can not accept dogs or towing caravans.

We do offer safe, simple camping on a small uncrowded site with clean toilets, showers, washing up station, rubbish removal and a few picnic tables.

For the 2010 season we hope to have WiFi Broadband available on the campsite.

Peter Heaton. Tel. (01856) 751270 – Intl. +44 1856 751270
Colin Richardson. Tel. (01856) 751254 – Intl. +44 1856 751254
Mobile – 0774 3931788

Hoy Centre

Moaness, Hoy, Orkney
Tel; 01856 873535

Burnhouse (disabled access), Englefield, Quoys, Warbister, Klebreck, Orgill, Creekland and Torriedale are spacious 8 bedrooms, which are all en suite, with a shower.
The rooms sleep four people and consist of two single beds and bunk beds. All bed linen is provided.
Each room has a desk and seating for four and there are 4 lockers in each room.

Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site

Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LR, Orkney

Orkney’s largest caravan and camping park, located at The Pickaquoy Centre and only a short walk from the town centre. This VisitScotland 4-star Touring Park has facilities for 80 pitches, of which 28 have electric hook-ups and hard standings.

Point Of Ness

Stromness, KW16 3DL, Orkney
01856 873535

Located in a quite shoreline setting overlooking stromness.

Rackwick Outdoor Centre

Rackwick, KW16 3NJ, Orkney

Rackwick Outdoor Centre has 2 bedrooms containing 4 beds each (2 bunkbeds per room).
Family/private rooms can be arranged on request and there is access to the Hostel during the day once check in is complete.
The self-catering kitchen is fitted out to a high standard with all normal cooking facilities and is available all day.  A washing machine is provided
There is a communal area with table and chairs, plus local information.
Each guest has his or her own key to access the hostel.
A sheltered camping area is available to the rear of the hostel, price includes use of facilities in the hostel.

Rousay Hostel and Campsite (Isle of Rousay)

Trumland Farm, Rousay, Orkney, KW17 2PU
Tel: Carol Rae on 01856 821252

Enjoy staying on a working organic farm near the Pier Pub Restaurant. Hostel can provide cycle hire if needed.

Rufford Caravans

Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SU, Orkney

Three fully equipped self-catering caravans and they are situated on the croft land of Sunnyside adjacent to Rufford.

Sand O Gill

Mrs Dorothy Groat
Pierowall, Isle of Westray Orkney, KW17 2DN

A warm welcome awaits you at Sand o’Gill. The house overlooks Pierowall Bay and the harbour at Gill Pier where the ferry “The Golden Mariana” comes in from Papa Westray. Pierowall village and the shops are just a five minute stroll away.
Sand o’ Gill is a good starting point for walking round the island – they have cycles for hire if you want to be a little more active.  Bed and breakfast is the main business; with rooms in the house, a two-bed flat with a double and small twin, and two caravans.

The Barn Hostel and Campsite

Pierowall, Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BZ

The hostel is situated right at the start of Pierowall village, over-looking the bay about 7 miles from the ferry terminal.

Wheems Bothy and Campsite

Wheems Bothy, Eastside South Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2TJ

Wheems organic farm is an ecological and organic 10 hectare  horticulture and animal smallholding, producing organic food for a local market.

Wheems farm buildings are 200 years old and have been renovated using local, traditional and susatainable materials.

Wheems farmland has been sensitively landscaped with areas set aside for conservation, areas carved out with stone dyke walling, and areas of tree planting.

Facing south and east on a hillside with sea-cliffs and beaches, on South Ronaldsay, the Orkney Islands, Scotland. On Orkney there is nature, peace, space and sky.

Wheems Farm organic holidays includes accommodation for 2 – 8 people in Wheems Self Catering Bothy, and Camping for up to 16 pitches. Wheems Self Catering Bothy  is simple, yet beautiful, light and airy.

There is a small balcony looking out to the sea, cliffs and beaches.Wheems Campsite  occupies a sea facing field and facilities for campers and bothy guests include use of the Wheems Yurt.