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The Inn Guest House

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New en-suite guesthouse located on the waterfront with sea views. Ideal location for sightseeing, fishing, walks or business trips. On main bus route with restaurant and bar 10 minutes walk away.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Flatscreen TV
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LDU53 wrote a review Mar 2024
4 contributions2 helpful votes
The room was great. Bed comfortable. Breakfast very nice. However, the attitude of the host was appalling. Guests have to indicate what time you plan to arrive, and then stick to it. We arrived at 6pm as confirmed in email, but there was no one around. After much calling out, a guest came downstairs and said he didn't know where the hosts were. Eventually just before 6.30pm the hosts showed up after walking their large dog. We were essentially called liars when we said we had a 6pm check-in time, even disregarding the email proof we attempted to show her. Eventually we got the key to our room, at the top of a two-storey flight of stairs. She attempted to stop me trying to get up the narrow stairs with my suitcase, even grabbing onto the bag and pulling me backwards down the stairs, saying I was going to damage her stairs (really?). I was already irate at being kept waiting, so now I was very angry at such behaviour, seething and trying to be as polite as I could while worrying about my safety. We managed to get to the room and begin to settle in. However the host decided to again interact with us, this time coming into the room to say sorry over and over again, but in an odd way, for about 10 minutes. I wondered if she'd been drinking or something, because her behaviour was so odd. Eventually she left us alone and we got a good nights rest. I don't think I could recommend this place based on our experience.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Iannisbet07 wrote a review Sept 2023
16 contributions17 helpful votes
Great overnight stay, close to the ferry at St Margaret’s Hope and a short drive into Kirkwall Shona is a brilliant host and cooked us a lovely breakfast. Tazzie the dog was defo a plus point, an absolute bundle of joy who was clearly delighted to see us!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eliza M wrote a review Jul 2022
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Shona instantly made us incredibly welcome. Nothing was ever to much trouble for Shona. The room was very well equipped, lovely shower, comfy bed and amazing breakfasts with plenty of choice. Will definitely be coming back, already booked for my next break in Orkney.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul C wrote a review Jun 2022
Eccles, United Kingdom30 contributions23 helpful votes
As the title suggests the breakfast and room cannot be faulted in any way for our 1 night stay. This is the good bit and I should start the review by stating this. Room was spotless and the bed comfy. Shower was excellent. Arrival / check in :- We were delayed by around 90 mins due to poor weather meaning the ferry docked later than planned. When we arrived no-one was around. Saw another guest who said Shona would be somewhere. Eventually after around 10 mins Shona arrived - not a great start and we were told that we were late to which I found it necessary to explain why. Next we were asked did we wish to settle up the bill now before even going to see the room. We agreed and then followed an issue with our card. I knew exactly why it didn't work (it was not a contactless card and the PIN was needed) and I tried to explain but clearly our host knew better. Finally the card was accepted and payment taken. By this time we were concerned we might be late for our dinner reservation in Kirkwall. Our host then went into another room - we waited outside for about 5 mins and I eventually knocked to check all was ok - our host said she was emailing us a receipt - this could've waited in truth and we just wanted our key (which she had trouble finding). Once we had it she was about to leave but I had to ask which room we had and where it was !! Directions were given and we went up to find our lovely room. By this point had it not been late and the fact that we thought other places may've been full so no rooms available we would've left without staying. Now we cannot be certain but a previous review from Jul 2021 suggested that our host may've had a drink or 2. We did both feel this may've been the case for us. On our return from dinner we were asked would we like to join our host for a wine - we declined thinking this may've lead to more than just 1. On going to our room we feared that breakfast might be a disaster but how wrong we were. We were greeted warmly and enjoyed a fabulous well-cooked spread - one of the best in fact. So in summary - great room, fantastic breakfast with a welcome the like of which we have never previously experienced.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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NCswampmama wrote a review May 2022
Seattle, WA105 contributions35 helpful votes
Shona was a great hostess. Our room had a lot of extra amenities. The shower provided lots of nice hot water (which has been a problem at some of our accommodations). Breakfast was plentiful and the eggs were free range from a neighbor. If you are a dog person, she has a delightful enthusiastic puppy, Tazzie. If you are not a dog person, he is kept in the staff part of the house. For me the only negative was that the bed was quite a bit softer than I like. Since that is a personal preference, it in no way detracts from my recommendation.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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christine e wrote a review Jul 2021
Arbroath2 contributions
Nice friendly place, Shona was so lovely and helpful. The breakfasts were great, location was brilliant for seal spotting and travelling around the island. Plenty of extras in room (tea bags, coffee, drinking chocolate, milk, biscuits etc). We stayed for 5 nights and enjoyed every minute, had such a good time. Much prefer staying in a place like this than a large hotel. Thank you Shona for making our stay in Orkney so special. We will be back xx
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Heather Wilsher wrote a review Jul 2021
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We recently spent 3 nights at The Inn, having previously stayed there nine years ago. As before, the rooms were well equipped and spotless plus the cooked breakfasts were excellent. Shona, our host, is a delightful lady and the location is ideal for touring the Island. However, this time there were a few issues. There were no Covid precautions in place, as per Government guidelines, other than our rooms not being cleaned daily. There was no hand-gel available at any location on the premises and no obvious requirements for social distancing or mask wearing. We were greeted by our host and it was clear that she had been drinking. However, we had a pleasant chat and thought no more of it. The next morning though, the breakfast service was a shambles as no tables had been cleared from the previous day and our host was still clearly far from at her best. Shona did produce cooked breakfasts to her usual excellent standard but we do have to question the freshness of some of the food available. I am glad to say that, on the following two days, things did improve, so hopefully our experience was far from what would normally be experienced.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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AMcScotland wrote a review Sept 2020
Montrose22 contributions20 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights at The Inn while touring Orkney mainland. The location is great for discovering the many attractions on the island. Our room was well-appointed, spotlessly clean and modern, and had all the amenities you would expect and more. The bed was very comfy. Overall the attention to detail in the room was thoughtful and really appreciated. The guest lounge/dining was large with views over the water. Breakfast was freshly cooked with lots of choices. There was a fridge with fresh fruit, yoghurts and juices, as well as cheese and biscuits for late night nibbles. Shona was a great host and could not have been more helpful. She recommended and booked The Sands hotel for us for dinner, which is close by and did not disappoint. We would definitely return again. A big thanks to Shona for making us feel so welcome!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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sarahsitacentral wrote a review Aug 2020
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We stayed here for 6 nights and it was a real home from home. The bed was so comfortable and the hosts were so kind and considerate . The breakfast was wonderful . So much to chose from. Ruby my border collie didnt want to leave .( nor did we! ) We were so thankful that Ruby was also made to feel so welcome as indeed we were . We truly had a great stay . Thank you
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Date of stay: August 2020
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HelenandGeorge C wrote a review Aug 2020
Lancaster, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
The Inn Guest House on Orkney is the place to stay. The accommodation is superb, the breakfast is varied and well cooked and Shona is a lovely host. We were so well looked after and made to feel at home... nothing was too much trouble. We would have no reservations is recommending this as the place to stay on Orkney. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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£93 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandOrkney IslandsMainlandHolm
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Inn Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to The Inn Guest House?
Nearby attractions include The Italian Chapel (1.1 miles), Scapa Flow (4.8 miles), and Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Inn Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Inn Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Inn Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Inn Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sheila Fleet - The Kirk Gallery & Café, The Sands Hotel, and Polly Kettle.
Are there any historical sites close to The Inn Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Churchill Barriers (0.8 miles).