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Trip List by livinglifetothefull

Children on holiday in a safe environment in Orkney, Scotland, UK

17 Sep 2008  Children
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Fun places to take your family in Orkney. Museums, Parks Historical places.

  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Scapa Beach - St Ola - Orphir Road - Orkney

    This beach is very clean. People take their animals on it, they always seem to clean up after them (Horses,Dogs).

    Our Children had a very nice time here. We spend many happy hours on the beach having a picnic lunch. Building castles. There are clean public toilets here.

  • 2. Waulkmill Bay - Beach - St Ola - Orphir Road - Orkney

    This place is clean and people again walk thier animals and always clean up after them. There are clean public toilets here. This place ideal fo bird watching. Pool observing. Flora and Fauna and wildlife research for everyone. Ideal Picnic area on beach. There is also a picnic area at the first carpark but, no toilets.

  • 3. Earls Bu - Okney Inga Saga Centre - Viking Museum - Visitors Centre - Orphir - Orkney

    Earls Bu, is the remains of a ancient round kirk (church) the only one north of Scotland built by the Vikings.

    Orkney Inga Saga Centre is an information centre. Very informational with regards to the wars between Orkney and many other Nordic countries. There is a 20 minutes film full of information you just push a button when you are ready. There is also the family trees of the Royal Viking families. There is various artefacts of a historical nature and many maps. There is further information of other places to see and visit.

    There is a small viking ship at the entrance that children can play on. There is an information board on all the walks in the area, Flora, Fauna, birds, sea animals on the beach, information for the area on what there is to do. There is beautiful clean toilets here also disabled toilets and access for disabled as it is all on one floor.

  • 4. Places to Eat - St Ola - Orphir - Scorradale - Houton Bay - Orphir - Orkney

    We were advised that there are many places to eat in St Ola and Orphir, this information we were given by the tourist information centre, also the booklet we picked up it was free, on the taste of orkney guide book. First of all we went to The Foveran Hotel, three star as indicated in Visit Orkney book. This Hotel would have been so handy for us as we were on Scapa Beach, it was not even open. The car park was empty. We thought Hotels had to be open at least two hours to the public at lunchtime. We arrived 12.30 p.m. in search of tea and coffee to find it closed.

    The next place we came to in Orphir was the Noust bar and restaurant. According to the booklet the bar and restaurant are open 7 days a week at lunchtime and for evening meals. When we arrived it was not open, it was not open at all on a Monday lunchtime or for evening meals. It is not open at lunchtime any day. According to the lady who answered the door the restaurant is not open Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday lunctime or evening. We asked were you have to go these evenings for a meal if you are a local tourists. The lady never answered.

    Scorrabrae Inn - This has closed down.

    The next place on the list was Houton Bay. Here you are spoiled for choice for toilets. We found Houton Bay Lodge it was open. We had a very nice soft drink and meal there, they had a very good childrens menu. We then went to the island of Hoy. Known as one of the South Isles of Orkney.
    At Houton Bay you have three toilets. There are toilets at the first Pier. They are not suitable for disabled as they are up steps, they are very clean. The toilets at the ticket office for Orkney Ferries has disabled facilities and a pay phone as there no reception for mobiles in some parts of Orphir. Houton Bay Lodge has very clean toilets and disabled facilities.

  • 5. The very nice Island of Hoy - Orkney - Scotland

    We arrived in Hoy from the 3.00 o'clock ferry called Hoyhead it takes from 30 minutes to 40 minutes. Today it only took 30 minutes to get there. It was a beautiful day, we sat up the top of the ferry and watched all the beautiful islands as we passed them. There are many islands on this route, only one other is inhabited it is called Flotta.
    The Lyness War Museum is just brilliant. Our children really enjoyed the facilities, Shop, Pumphouse Cafe and clean toilets. We also visited the war graves from both wars, this was very peaceful. We then went to the Life Boat Museum. Princess Anne visits there regularly. Martello towers there are two of them. One is a museum. The other one is lived in by a man from the second world war, he is also a historian. Napolian Battery is also very good, it is preserved by Historic Scotland. In fact if you want to visit all the places of interest it is cheaper to buy a family pass. Most places like Skara Brae cost £6.50 each per adult for entrance.
    This island has many places to visit. The Old Man of Hoy, The Lady buried in the peat. flora and fauna, birds and animals also mammals from the many clean beaches. You can go Hill walking, Mountain Climbing. There are many places to stay. Hoy has a four star Hostel which caters for families. There are Four Hotels and three bed and breakfasts, many self catering cottages and light house houses. There are two shops on Hoy and a post office. There are many toilets they are at the Museum and all hotels also there are toilets at the Martello Tower and Napolian Battery too they are very clean. There are toilets at the Life Boat Museum. Walls is a nice Island. Hoy has a barrier over to Walls which was a separate Island from Hoy.

    Don't forget to visit the Dwarfy Stane in Hoy it is the only one known in britian.