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Karrawa Guest House
Ranked #2 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Friendly professional relaxed family atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Brilliant guesthouse! Albert and Aileen are really friendly and make you feel very welcome. The house and bedroom was immaculate, roomy, really tidy and up to date. Lovely powerful shower and comfy bed. Breakfast is great and there is a large choice. They are very easy -going and knowledgeable about the area and always have smiling faces. The location is great as its only a quick walk to the centre of town if you have plans for the evening without needing the car. A definite recommendation to anyone visiting Orkney! Thanks!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EmilyAdrian
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a super review for us. It was lovely to meet you both and we are delighted that we were very happy with your stay. We are glad that you felt so welcome and that you enjoyed our breakfast selection. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Five nights here proved that this was one of the best b & b we have ever stayed in. Excellent attention to detail. A pleasant room with excellent facilities both in bedroom and bathroom. Good easy to use shower with plenty of hot water. Excellent choice for breakfast. Very knowledgeable and helpful proprietors who made our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Helen C
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thank you for the great review! It was lovely to meet you both and we are so pleased that you found everything to be of such an excellent standard. This is our third season running the guest house so we still have plans to continually upgrade and decorate but it is really nice to know that we are doing a good job so far. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Melbourne, Australia
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116 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

This very well managed B&B is one of the best places we have ever stayed. We stayed here for five nights and couldn't fault the place.
We had a spacious, nicely furnished room, which included a roomy walk in wardrobe (closet). The bathroom was large and the water pressure in the shower was good. Everything was impeccably clean. The bed was comfortable and made up with good quality bedding.
The bedroom and bathroom were cleaned to a high standard on each day of our stay.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and treats were provided.
The in room wifi worked perfectly, with a strong, reliable signal.
Breakfast was served in a bright, cheerful breakfast room and was very good. Hot dishes were cooked to order and were fresh and tasty. There was a good selection of cereals and a delicious fresh fruit salad every morning.
Our hosts were friendly and helpful and did a load of laundry for us for a reasonable fee.
This B&B is situated a little out of the town centre, so it helps to have a car.
Highly recommended. We enjoyed it so much.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank julietheoracle
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you had a nice stay. We try hard to ensure our breakfasts are freshly prepared each morning and are delighted that you enjoyed our fresh fruit salad. We hope the rest of your holiday has been enjoyable also. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Inverness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in the family room which was large enough to accommodate us - 3 adults. 2 single beds and 1 double. Beautifully decorated with a large shower room with w.c. Breakfast was served in light airy conservatory. We made our selection the previous night and therefore it was cooked to order. Bikes are available to hire from the hosts at a reasonable £15 per day. Although this b and b may be a 10/ 15 min walk from Kirkwall town centre the welcome and facilities more than make up for location.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nulzz
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your fantastic review! We are delighted that you had a nice stay. It was lovely to meet you and your family. Wish your daughter all the best in her new job from us too! Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

We spent two nights at the Karrawa Guest House in Kirkwall and it has been one of the best guest houses we have stayed in during our month long trip through the UK.

The room was large,comfortable and spotlessly clean. Our host, Albert, was extremely friendly and helpful and it was great chatting with him each day. He made the difference with our stay.

Breakfast was excellent and exactly what we wanted to start the day.

Thoroughly recommended - and Kirkwall is great !

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stewartf505
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for a super review. It was lovely meeting you both. We are really pleased you thought our B&B was one of the best you stayed in during your trip to the UK. We are continually making improvements and value guest feedback. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Ringmer, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

Very comfortable, clean and welcoming accommodation. Room well equipped, with an extremely comfortable bed. Breakfast excellent and personalised to our individual requirements from an extensive menu. Proprietors very friendly and helpful. Overall - excellent.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Geoff B
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for such a lovely honest review. It is very much appreciated, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the bed so comfortable. It was good to meet you both and hope you had a nice birthday here in Orkney. Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Edmonton, Canada
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52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

I was dropped off here on a bus tour and while I had some initial trepedation about being a bit far from the town center I was quickly put at ease by Albert's friendly disposition. I was surprised right off to be given a menu choice for the next day's breakfast. The room itself was a double, two twins locked together actually, and it was utterly spacious, the bathroom alone was as big as some rooms I have stayed at in the UK! The bed was firm but not hard, it gave great support while still feeling cosey. The bathroom would work well for someone who had mobility problems as it had an open shower and safety handles.
One advantage of being a bit removed from Kirkwell was that the place was utterly quiet - I had the best rest of my 2.5 weeks on the road at Karrawa. It was a bit of a hike into town, about 20 minutes rather than the oft stated 10; I would say this place is better suited for persons who have vehicle access rather than being on foot, but it will only cost less than 4 to take a taxi which come within a few minutes and are easily picked up at the wharf for the return trip.
As others have noted the hot breakfast was excellent.
Albert was very attentive and was concerned that I was happy with the stay. This place is run by a local couple and they obviously have a lot of pride and local knowledge about the Orkney's. The shared bookroom was very comfy and there was a small but well selected library available with some good reading on Scottish and Orkney culture.
Overall this was an excellent B&B and I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Kirkwell and especially if you have a vehicle because then the access is truely great and a bonus is that there is lots of parking space.
Highland Park is also just a few blocks away.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank roxanneih
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Karrawa Guest H... A, Owner at Karrawa Guest House, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you had such a restful sleep! Best Wishes, Aileen & Albert
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Property: Karrawa Guest House
Address: Inganess Road, Kirkwall KW15 1SP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Karrawa Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karrawa Guest House is set in the centre of Kirkwall and within 2.5 miles of the airport and ferry terminal. This family run property offers comfortable, modern en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi. Kirkwall town centre is less than a mile away with an easy 15minute walk into town or 2 minutes by car. ... more   less 
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