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3 stars

Merkister Hotel

Loch Harray, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
See location+44 185 677 1366
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C$ 252
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rate per night

8.8
Great
based on 178 reviews
178 reviews
Room type
Provider
Nightly total
Double room
C$ 252
Luxury Room
C$ 501

About Merkister Hotel

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free
Located on the shore of Harray Loch and family-run for over 30 years, the Merkister Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. It features impressive views over the famous loch and its surroundings. Guests benefit from free private parking on site. With free Wi-Fi, the rooms feature a TV and tea and coffee making facilities.The rooms also benefit from an en suite bathroom. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant offers Aberdeen Angus Beef that is sourced from farms within a 10-mile radius, as well as fresh local seafood from hand-dived scallops, to fresh-landed halibut. Swans and herons can be spotted on the loch as guests enjoy their full Scottish breakfast, and scenic sunsets during dinner. Guests can fish on the hotel’s own pier. Staff can organise boat trips and tuition with special out-of-season rates from October to April.

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Amenities at Merkister Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Internet
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Laundry facilities
  • No smoking

Dining

  • Electric kettle
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Special diet menus (on request)

General

  • Slippers
  • Telephone
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Seating area

Basics

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Free toiletries

Media and entertainment

  • TV
  • CD player
  • DVD player

Accessibility and suitability

  • No smoking
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet

Laundry

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry facilities

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking

Things to do

  • Fishing

Reviews of Merkister Hotel

8.8
Very good178 verified reviews
2.4Solo
0.8Families
5.6Couples
0.8Friends
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What can I expect from the food at Merkister Hotel?

The food within the hotel was excellent, as was the service and staff. Great views from the hotel over the loch and in a quiet rural setting.

Are the beds comfortable at Merkister Hotel?

The rooms were exceptionally clean, the beds were comfortable, the bedding and towels were fluffy and bright white, and the tea/coffee service was lovely and generous.

Is there free parking available at Merkister Hotel?

Yes, there is free parking available at the hotel.

When is the best time to visit Merkister Hotel?

The high season at Merkister Hotel is in July, offering a great time to enjoy the beautiful location and excellent staff.

What are the nearby attractions to Merkister Hotel?

Nearby attractions include Earl's Palace, Birsay, Scapa Distillery, Orkney Museum, St. Magnus Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, and more, offering a variety of places to explore during your stay.

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Book a Room with a View

Several guests mentioned that the views from the rooms were spectacular. Opting for a room with a balcony facing the loch comes highly recommended.

Consider Visiting in May

Some guests suggested that May is a good time to visit, as it is considered the low season, offering a quieter and more peaceful experience.

Explore Nearby Attractions

Take advantage of the hotel's proximity to various attractions such as Earl's Palace in Birsay, Scapa Distillery, Orkney Museum, and St. Magnus Cathedral, all within a reasonable driving distance.

Pet-Friendly Hotel

The hotel is pet-friendly, with some guests mentioning that the staff was accommodating to their furry companions. However, it's advisable to confirm the pet policy and any associated charges in advance.

Try the Local Cuisine

Guests appreciated the use of local ingredients in the food served at the hotel. Consider trying the cuisine offered on-site for an authentic taste of the region.

Check Room Comfort

While many guests praised the cleanliness and views from the rooms, a few mentioned issues with the comfort of the beds and seating. It might be worth checking with the hotel about room comfort when making a reservation.

Enjoy the Breakfast

Numerous guests enjoyed the breakfast, particularly the experience of having it overlooking the loch. Consider starting your day with this picturesque view.

Consider High Season for More Activities

If you prefer a livelier atmosphere and more available activities, consider visiting in July, which is considered the high season.

Inquire About Special Diet Menus

If you have dietary restrictions, consider inquiring about the availability of special diet menus, as the hotel offers them on request.

Take Advantage of Fishing

If you enjoy fishing, take note that the hotel offers this activity, providing an opportunity for some outdoor recreation during your stay.

Location

Loch Harray, Kirkwall

What's nearby

  • Earl's Palace, Birsay9.9 km
  • Scapa Distillery17 km
  • Orkney Museum17.1 km
  • St. Magnus Cathedral17.1 km
  • Bishop's Palace17.2 km
  • Earl's Palace, Kirkwall17.3 km
  • Balfour Castle17.7 km
  • Highland Park Distillery18.1 km
  • Fitty Hill28.5 km
  • Noltland Castle31.8 km
  • Noup Head Lighthouse32.3 km
  • Grobost Beach33.6 km

Policies

Check-in/Check-out

Check in anytime after 3:00 PM, check out anytime before 10:00 AM

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When to book a room at Merkister Hotel

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FAQs when booking at Merkister Hotel

  • Where is Merkister Hotel located?

    Merkister Hotel is located at Loch Harray, 17 km from the centre of Kirkwall. Earl's Palace, Birsay is the closest landmark to Merkister Hotel.

  • When is check-in time and check-out time at Merkister Hotel?

    Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 10:00 AM at Merkister Hotel.

  • Does Merkister Hotel offer free Wi-Fi?

    Yes, Merkister Hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Does Merkister Hotel offer free parking?

    Yes, Merkister Hotel offers free parking.

  • How far is Merkister Hotel from the airport?

    Merkister Hotel is 21.2 km from Kirkwall Arpt. Merkister Hotel is 30 km from Eday.

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Good to know

Value for money

8.3

Distance to downtown

17.0 km

Nearest Airport

Kirkwall Arpt

Distance to airport

21.2 km