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Merkister Hotel

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As it was off-season, we were lucky enough to get upgraded to a Loch view suite. The hotel is family owned and still run by the family. Very friendly and helpful. They were able to deal with special needs like providing a 'box breakfast' when we were planning to leave on the 6:30am ferry and giving us our room back...

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Attended a 60th Birthday Dinner this week, lovely meal, very attentive service,. The meal had been pre booked but as I was having a steak was perhaps apprehensive that it would not be cooked to my liking as I have had 'well done' steaks that still had blood running out! But my steak was cooked to perfection and it was...

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2Thank Anne G
orkney
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Stayed for one night clean room warm and had a good bed had a evening meal wife had fish I had steak the food was good staff were friendly and a good location good in summer for people fishing as next to the loch

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1Thank ambu
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Accommodated in a suite overlooking Loch Harray. Beautifully appointed with wonderful views. Staff were excellent - very friendly and efficient. This is a quiet hotel but with great atmosphere as it is well supported by the locals and is a great centre for visiting every part of Orkney

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Recently stayed at this hotel having come by it by chance. It appears to be a family run hotel which has all the charm that one would expect of such a venture. My wife and I were made to feel extremely welcome during our four day stay. Cleanliness was five star and food quality both in the restaurant and bar...

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1Thank Ray M
Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Just spent four nights in a loch view room. The view was second to none. The bed was very comfortable. Excellent food and a good selection of local beers and spirits along with a very friendly atmosphere made for a very relaxing week. A good central location for touring round Orkney.

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1Thank John G
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We have stayed here many times and always feel at home. The rooms are very comfortable, the food is of the very highest quality, all of the staff are friendly and efficient, the Wifi is reliable. The Merkister has the relaxed competence that you would expect from a family-run hotel. It is a very popular dining venue among Orkney residents...

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1Thank Nigel J
Malvern, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Spent four enjoyable nights here with a walking group. Good quiet location although the hotel was quite full. Very comfortable, well equipped and beautifully clean rooms. Friendly and helpful staff, with good bar and very good food for both breakfast and dinner but no choice for packed lunches

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2Thank walker01684
Edinburgh
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We've popped in for a pint or two and love to sit outside and relax with the lovely view. This time we stayed inside for lunch and it was really good. We were lucky that we arrived early as it soon filled up with locals and other tourists. This place is beautifully kept with great, professional staff who really seem...

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3Thank Fiona_and_Ian
Benderloch, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We spent a week in Orkney with our friends and eat here in the evening. They allowed us to take our well behaved dogs into the bar to eat. Staff are exceptional as is the food. Beautiful setting overlooking the loch. It does get very busy so if you're going in the holiday season be sure to book. Even when...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, Overlooing the Hills of Hoy. Spectaluar Views. Family Run Country House Hotel. Hotel features, Residents Lounge, Conservatory, Public Lounge Bar serving extensive Bar Lunch and Supper Menus and our Award winning Skerries Restaurant serving only the best local Beef, Lamb, Crab, Fish etc...etc... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Merkister Hotel

Address: Harray KW17 2LF, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Harray
Price Range: £91 - £189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Merkister Hotel Mainland
Merkister Hotel Orkney Islands/Harray
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“Get the Loch View”
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“All of the rooms have great views”
 of 5 bubbles ovidiaharmon, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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