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Avalon House

Avalon Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE Scotland
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#1 of 8 guest houses in Kirkwall
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See why so many travellers make Avalon House their guest house of choice when visiting Kirkwall. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a charming setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the guest house.

The property also features free breakfast to make your visit even more pleasant. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Kirkwall, Avalon House is located a short distance from Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn (1.1 mi) and Grain Earth House (1.2 mi).

While staying in Kirkwall, you can check out a popular Italian restaurant like Lucano, which is serving up some great dishes.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Saint Magnus Cathedral (1.2 mi), The Orkney Museum (1.2 mi), and The Earl's Palace (1.2 mi), which are some popular Kirkwall attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the guest house.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Avalon House as you experience all of the things Kirkwall has to offer.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Jetty wrote a review Jun 2023
The Netherlands51 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time staying at Avalon House. Lovely host, she gave us some good tips for restaurants and places to see. The breakfast was delicious. Additionally, the B&B is in a great location (we saw a beautiful sunset in the bay). It's a 20 minute walk from Kirkwall centre and centrally located to go visit other places on Orkney Mainland by car. Nice and comfortable room + clean bathroom. Would definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Mike L wrote a review May 2023
Heswall, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
This was a family visit with my 87 year old mother - something of an undertaking! Lindsay was amazing - such a good host and made our stay such a pleasure - thanks to her and the quality of the stay. The only meal was breakfast, but that was well prepared and presented. The rooms are excellent, well resourced and with every facility you would want - kettle (and snacks), iron, tv. I hugely recommend this place as a place to stay.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Cara H wrote a review Nov 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
Lovely host, great breakfast, beautiful location. Will 100% be retuning to Avalon Guesthouse during future visits to Orkney! Only a 15/20 minute walk from Kirkwall centre but situated in a lovely quiet location close to the sea which has the most amazing sunsets. Lovely clean room with ample tea/coffee facilities. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 9 Nov 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review. I hope to see you back to Orkney in the near future.
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PumpingPistons wrote a review Sept 2022
Bristol21 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed at Avalon House B&B for 4 nights on our epic Land’s End - John O’Groats - Orkney - Shetland cycle trip on a tandem during the summer. The B&B is excellent, we enjoyed very good breakfasts and we had a clean, comfortable and spacious guest room. The bed was the most comfortable one we slept in on our entire trip. Elaine and Keith, the B&B owners, are very friendly and helpful. Our tandem was safely locked away in the garage overnight which we appreciated. Elaine very kindly washed our clothes for us in the washing machine, which we were very grateful for. We were able to depart wearing clean kit and feeling refreshed from our comfortable and enjoyable stay. This is a top quality B&B and we recommend it when staying in Kirkwall.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 17 Sept 2022
Thank you so much for that lovely review. It was a pleasure looking after you.
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Danielle S wrote a review Jul 2022
18 contributions5 helpful votes
A super lovely B&B with views of the bay. Elaine and Keith were fantastic hosts and provided an excellent breakfast each morning. Within walking distance of the town centre and a good location to get to any attraction on mainland Orkney by car.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Elaine Young, Owner at Avalon House
Responded 31 Jul 2022
Thank you for that, Keith very pleased you liked his breakfast.
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anita h wrote a review Jul 2022
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Elaine and Keith Are such gracious hosts. Friendly,clean Room and good food was wonderful I recommend this B&B it is a perfect location. The scenic view here is spectacular Thank you so much. Donna and Anita
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 23 Jul 2022
Thank you ladies, it was lovely to meet you both.
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fckcp wrote a review Jun 2022
Colorado56 contributions21 helpful votes
We stayed at the Avalon for 4 nights and had a wonderful stay. Elaine and Keith were friendly and fantastic hosts who provided everything we could possibly have needed. And the breakfast they provide was generous, cooked to order and tasty. Our room was very comfortable, spacious, clean and quiet. We highly recommend the Avalon for anyone visiting the Orkney Islands.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elaine Young, Owner at Avalon House
Responded 26 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay with up.
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SMCJames wrote a review Jun 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Had a wonderful 2 nights at Avalon Guest House- second stay in a year. Elaine and Keith are extremely welcoming and hospitable. The bedroom and ensuite were spotless, spacious and decorated and furnished to a very high standard, as were all the public spaces. Breakfast was delightful. I felt nothing was too much trouble and I could relax at the end of a busy day. Wonderful!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 17 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review, it was nice to see you back, hopefully see you next year.
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Nicole V wrote a review Jun 2022
Drongen2 contributions
We warmly recommend Avalon Guesthouse/ Kirkwall - top location - a very comfortable room (large,quiet) - everything spic and span - a perfect breakfast But above all : really sweet,spontaneous and helpful hosts EXCELLENT guesthouse *****
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 9 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review, it was lovely having you stay for so long, the dining room felt odd the morning after you left.
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Bill31310 wrote a review Jun 2022
Tempe, Arizona454 contributions82 helpful votes
My wife and I spent three nights at this bed and breakfast accommodation near Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. The room was large, especially by European standards, quiet, and very clean. The proprietors were quite friendly and gave advice on exploring the islands and where to eat in Kirkwall. Breakfast was what I would call semi-custom. The lodging is about 1 1/2 miles from the center of Kirkwall, so it is best suited for someone with a car or willing to walk for about a half-hour into town. It got fairly bright in the room early in the morning due to the long days and the absence of blackout curtains.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 2 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. I wish you had mentioned the morning sun and I would have shown you the Venetian blinds that were on your window, sorry I must have forgotten to mention them to you. Glad it was sunny for you though.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Avalon House
Which popular attractions are close to Avalon House?
Nearby attractions include Saint Magnus Cathedral (1.2 miles), The Orkney Museum (1.2 miles), and The Earl's Palace (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Avalon House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Avalon House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Avalon House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Avalon House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sheila Fleet - The Kirk Gallery & Café, The Foveran Restaurant, and The Storehouse Restaurant With Rooms.
Are there any historical sites close to Avalon House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Saint Magnus Cathedral (1.2 miles), The Earl's Palace (1.3 miles), and Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace (1.2 miles).
Is Avalon House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.