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Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site
Pickaquoy Road
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW15 1LR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01856 879900

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Pitches: 81
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 37 Reviews
              9/10 from 37 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Sibrig 8 reviews from this member

This site is located in the Orkney 'capital', Kirkwall, with easy walking access to the local shops, harbour, restaurants and bars and is about a half hour's drive from the Stromness and St. Margaret's Hope ferry terminals. It has a mix of grass and hard standing pitches and several areas allocated for tents, but of the 80 pitches only 28 have electric hook ups. Free wifi is available throughout the site. There is no dog walk, but just over the road is a large area of parkland and a lake. There is a very well equipped children's play area adjoining the site, and the neighbouring leisure centre has swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, squash & badminton courts, table tennis, soft play area and cinema all just a few minuts walk away.

If booking online you are able to view a site map and select your preferred pitch from those available, although your selection won't be finally confirmed until checking in on arrival. Your booking confirmation email includes a gate access code to enter the site and a security code for the door of the facilities building. It also says when the on-site Reception is open. If you arrive outside that time you have to check in at the leisure centre's Reception - instructions are posted on the outside window of the on-site Reception office.

The facilities building is just inside the site entrance and houses the on-site Reception office and toilet & shower block, lounge, kitchen and laundry. It was well heated throughout our stay and all of the facilities were clean and well maintained and the staff hard working, cheerful, helpful and friendly. Toilets and showers are in 12 individual unisex rooms each containing a toilet, washbasin and shower. 3 extra rooms near the entrance have no shower but a toilet, washbasin and handryer. There is also a separate large family/disabled shower room with toilet and basin. The showers are free and the water hot at all times, but are of the push button type and with no temperature control. The lounge is comfortable with plenty of seating and tables, and leads on to the well equipped kitchen containing 6 washing up sinks, microwave, fridge and kettle and storage cabinets all for general use and the laundry room with washing machines, dryers, sinks and clothes airers. You can see photos of all these facilities in the Gallery on the site's website. A proper motorhome service point with drive-over grating is situated at the site entrance.

Kirkwall is Orkney's largest town and has a good range of independent shops mostly situated in the narrow and ancient streets around the 12th century cathedral, which is well worth a visit and about 15 minute walk from the site. Nearby is the Bishop's Palace and the excellent Orkney Museum and many small cafes, bistros and bars. Be warned, however, that although the narrow streets are paved from one side to the other they are not pedestrian only. Three large supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl and Co-op) are all nearer the site, 5-10 minutes walk away along the main road. The archaelogical sites of Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Broch of Gurness and many others are within an easy drive of the site, as is the Italian POW chapel on South Ronaldsay via the Churchill barrier causeways. Inter-island ferries leave Kirkwall harbour for many of the other islands, and a short drive takes you to the ferry point for Hoy and its much wilder scenery and walking.

All in all a well run site providing a convenient, centrally located base for the Orkney mainland and with all the facilities you could reasonably want at hand.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Einsteinwasright 4 reviews from this member

We had been staying in very rural, remote, and privately owned campsites before arriving here so it was a bit of a culture shock for us.

This is very much a commercial business with rules - great for security etc. But not if you want a real proper camping experience! As it is in the main town of Kirkwall it is also fairly noisy with traffic, and there is quite a lot of light pollution.

The facilities are fantastic, really good clean toilets and showers, a proper kitchen and laundry area. Staff are really friendly and welcoming and happy to advise on the local area and places to go.

Most importantly for some - there is free wifi available in the building!

Not for us, but it is a really good, clean campsite with all the facilities that you will need.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: TheLaird 11 reviews from this member

Right next to the town so an easy stroll in for food, sight, etc. It is next to the main road but that should not deter you as it is not that busy/noisy for a road in a city.

Pitches good size and laid out well.

Toilets, kitchen and lounge were spotless and a very good size. Even had kettle and toaster in the kitchen to be used free-of-charge. Unisex toilets but the cubicles are very large. No need to pay for water.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Meg76uk 3 reviews from this member

Great site for exploring Orkney; not the most picturesque place there but also nothing wrong with it, just a bit utilitarian. Grassed sites with decent drainage--warden warned us of a spot that was waterlogged from heavy rain. Facilities more than make up for it, though. It's at the leisure centre so has access to a great indoor pool, soft play, cafe, etc. If you stay more than 3 nights the pool access is free. Also has a playground, indoor kitchen/washing up, a common room with outlets for charging, new and efficient washers and dryers. Individual shower/toilet rooms. All brand new and kept in wonderful condition. Tr Tesco is less than a 5 minute walk, also a Co-op and Lidl right there. Easy access to roads to explore further, and simple to walk or drive into Kirkwall.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: T5OnTour 22 reviews from this member

Good location in Kirkwall, very close to three large supermarkets and only 15 minutes walk into the town centre. The site was full for the first night we were there but there was no problem with number of showers, toilets, etc, all of which were immaculate - as well as the kitchen/washing up area. The wardens work hard but are all very friendly.

From here we walked up to the Highland Park Distillery for a tour - it took about 30 minutes uphill all the way, but meant we could do tastings without worrying about driving. There are a few places in town to eat but it was very busy on one day as there was a massive cruise ship in the port so the town was flooded with passengers.

We had a hard standing pitch which was good when the rain started but it did mean we were in a formal row of caravans/motorhomes, which was the exact opposite to our previous site Wheems Farm.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Clankie 4 reviews from this member

We booked for 5 nights, hard standing with electric hookup. The cost was just over 24 a night for August for 2 adults, no kid or pets. The site is easy walking distance to town, 10 to 15 minutes, half the time to Tesco, Lidl and Coop!

The facilities are very good all in the reception area, even a lounge area and kitchen if you are camping. The laundry in the same building had 2 washing machines and 2 driers, 2 for a wash and 1 for 30 minutes tumble drier.

Kirkwall is an interesting town with Cathedral, independent shops and plenty of choice for eating and drinking. The harbour is worth a visit if you like looking at boats. The Neolithic sites are a must especially Skara Brae, all 3000 BC! Most are an easy drive on mainland.

The part of the site where we were had good tarmac roads and pitches divided by grass where you could put up an awning or pitch a separate tent. There is a bit of traffic noise during the day but it was peaceful overnight. You can use the swimming pool nearby which comes under the same umbrella at no extra charge. Very good. The other area for vans/ motorhomes is not tarmac and some pitches are on grass, not a great idea this far North.

If we were to return we would request the part of the site where we stayed again. The chem disposal is good quality but is at the entrance near the motorhome service point, so is a fair way to walk from the furtherest point of the site.

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