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Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar

Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel

Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy

Broch of Gurness

Broch of Gurness

Midhowe Broch

Midhowe Broch

Be active or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of Orkney

From wild trout fishing to naturewatch, impressive coastal scenery and world heritage archaeology

With 7 lochs close by offering trout fishing that is amongst the best available. This together with inshore & offshore angling provides an opportunity to catch a variety of species.

 boat hire & ghillie can be  arranged through our local guide, Alan Shearer. Alan is an experienced fly fisher with an extensive knowledge of our Orkney lochs. He has boats placed on the best fishing lochs and bank fishing is also available. Fly Fishing is seasonal & will depend on favourable weather conditions and availability.

Sea angling can also be arranged either from a small boat or pier or beach, we have rods and gear available - bring your own outdoor clothing with you.

Phone or e-mail us for full details or contact Alan on 01856 875741 about your fishing needs. We can offer you a magnificent sporting holiday with fine dining and 4 star accommodation.

Orkney is well known amongst divers for its wrecks in Scapa Flow where the sea life is rich and plentiful. Boats, gear and tuition can be hired in Stromness.

Coastal walks, natural flora & native birds and animals are a popular attraction.


Birdwaching

The coastal walks and the local wildlife close by also provide opportunity for bird watching and spectacular photography. The RSPB site at Burgar Hill is within a short walking distance, you could say it’s just behind the house. We regularly see short-eared Owls just outside the house.
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Fishing

For more detailed information about Trout fishing in the Orkney, please visit the link below. We can arrange boats and guide through Alan Shearer, Alan has boats on Swanney, Harray & Boardhouse. Alan is highly rated as a fly fisher on Orkney and in Scotland, his is an able guide for your fishing needs. We have two boats available and this can be booked in advance with Jim & Sean Lewis. Jim and Sean are also an able sea fisherman, we can arrange fishing off the Pentland Skerries and Scapa Flow - subject to favourable weather conditions.
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Events Throughout the Year

Orkney also has a number of cultural, arts and music festivals through the year, these activities take place throughout Orkney and demonstrates the inclusiveness of the local people and community in our festival venues.
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Fine light, photography and more !

The Orkney weather can be changable, however each season has its special effects. From the long daylight hours in summer, to the crystal starry nights and weeks of the full moon in winter

no light pollution can reveal the stunning northern lights 

the seas are spectacular to watch at the turning of the tide and on a blustery day

There is a lot for the photographer to consider on location, scenery, weather, wildlife or archaeology & architecture. Orkney has exceptional natural light for photography and painting.

Sports – Orkney mainland has 3 golf courses and a very good sports centre (and cinema) at the Pickaquoy centre in Kirkwall. The roads are quiet and make for easy cycling in and around the countryside.

Throughout Orkney there are other activities & opportunities e.g paintballing South Ronaldsay, Sealife centre, many museums and places of interest.

In Kirkwall, the Cathedral is worth a visit as are the museums, local library, shopping and the Highland Park distillery. There is a selection very good local beers brewed at the Orkney Brewery, Quoyloo & the Highland brewery, Swanney.

Crafts – woollens, Orkney chairs, pottery, musical instruments, tapestry and jewellery are all examples of the hand crafted goods and workshops to be found, as are the maby of annual festivals of culture, science the arts and music .

World Heritage archaeology, Skara Brae, Steness Standing Stones, Maeshowe and the world renowned  Ness of Brodgar are all close by

Guide books and maps to help you plan your stay and help you find your way around are available on loan from the house library