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“Peaceful and Friendly”
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The Barn
Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Peaceful and Friendly”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

The Barn is beautifully situated with views over the bay. Accommodation consists of self catering apartment, hostel rooms and camp/caravan site. The facilities (camper's kitchen, toilets and shower are clean and well equipped.
The owners, Michael and Teenie Harcus, are welcoming and go out of their way to be helpful.
Ideal for a short or longer stay and handy for the World's Shorted Scheduled Flight (Westray/Papa Westray)
I've a feeling we'll go back.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Lovely warm welcome from Michael and Teenie. Our motorhome was a little heavy for the regular grass camping area, so they gave us the best of alternatives - at the front of The Barn overlooking Pierowall Bay and watched by inquisitive seals. It wasn't necessary to step outside to watch the wonderful sunsets over the bay, but we did!

Westray is a wonderful place to relax - there are lovely walks, lots of wildlife to watch, and an excellent fish shop. Everyone is so friendly, we'd just love to go back.

There's more to The Barn than a campsite though - check out their website at http://www.thebarnwestray.co.uk/

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Stayed here several times ,
Allways polite reception ,clean tidy ,
lovely homely place peacefull and really good value for money .
Situated at end of village well within walking distance for all ammunitys
Would recommend and will stay again .
regards W.T.McCracken.

Room Tip: All rooms are Fully Equipt for your every need . EXELLENT place and lovely rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stayed two nights at this small well equiped hostel,all very clean. A lovely spacious lounge overlooking the beautiful bay, where we could sit in the evening watching the seals in the water, much more interesting than the telly. The hosts very friendly and welcoming and knowledgable about the island. Stay in one night and cook some fish from the Pierrowall fish company, the freshest we have ever tasted, it comes from the water in front of you.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 nights here in our demountable campervan in a sunny but freezing cold May. The campsite at the Barn is a super little site - it is nice & level, with grassy pitches and electric hookup. We received a really warm welcome from the owner- it's not often you are actually thanked for visiting their island! We will happily return if we pass this way again. The campers kitchen was still under construction but looks like it will be great. Shower is free & everything was clean & tidy. We were able to pick up the wifi from our camper in the far field! We spent a happy couple of days exploring Westray and it has enhanced our desire to sample more of the Northern Isles. The Heritage Centre was interesting & it was worthwhile bumping the van up the long track to the lighthouse at Noup Head.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Nice hosts!
Small but nice rooms, same goes for the kitchen. Very nice lofty lounge with books, tv and stereo.
Easy distance to the town centre.
A bus service runs to the ferry but has to be ordered in advance.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I have stayed at the Barn twice now and if I ever visit again it will be my first choice for accommodation. I have spent many happy summers on the island of Westray, visiting my grandparents but after they sadly died I needed to find accommodation for a group of 9 of us to attend my grandparents funeral. From initial contact via email Isabell, the owner, was very helpful and informative. The Barn itself is very easy to find, with plenty of parking. As the name suggests it's a converted barn and it has been renovated to a excellent standard. The bedrooms are clean, comfortable and bright, the bathrooms modern and clean and a good sized kitchen with all the equipment you would need. Upstairs is a living area with sofas, tv, books and board games. On my first visit we booked the entire barn for my family group so we had the place to ourself. It did not feel like a hostel at all, just a lovely self catering holiday home we could all stay in, and even though this visit was for a sad occasion, we ended up having a wonderful stay all together as a family, which I know meant an awful lot to my dad who grew up on the island. The second time, I visited with my two brothers and on this occasion other guests were booked in. But this stay was just as pleasant, the other guests were lovely and as there are plenty of bathrooms and a large kitchen all our needs we're taken care of and we all had a wonderful weekend stay. It's location is excellent as it's a 5 minute walk to the local hotel, which serves excellent food and has a bar, the shops in pierowall and is a good base for all activities on the island. Looking out the window you have views of pierowall bay and at night it's so peaceful. On both occasions we received such a warm welcome and I can't praise the owners enough. For people who have never been to Westray it's a wonderful island with so many amazing beaches and walks and the locals are so friendly and make you feel at home.
I would recommend the Barn to anyone visiting. It almost feels cheeky calling it a hostel as the rooms and facilities are fantastic and the value for money exceptional. Definitely worth a visit!


  • Stayed November 2013
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Additional Information about The Barn

Property: The Barn
Address: Chalmersquoy, KW17 2BZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Westray
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Westray
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
The Barn Westray, Orkney Islands

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