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Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site
Pickaquoy Road
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW15 1LR   See Map
Tel: 01856 879900
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Pitches: 81
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 40 Reviews
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Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tedthebudgie 29 reviews from this member

Visited in May 2017 and back again during a wet, cold and windy November week. 5 nights for the price of four! Plus when booked in advance as we did, a discount off Northlink Ferries. The facilities are just as clean and warm. Mind you it does feel a bit of squash with our Autosleeper Duetto fighting for space with one bloke and his caravan!

I would recommend Orkney in winter. A lot of things are closed but the scenery and archaeology remain splendid.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tedthebudgie 29 reviews from this member

Really liked this site. Excellent central location for doing the sites on Orkney mainland. It's urban and near a road but traffic is light and not intrusive particularly during the evening. Your sleep won't be disturbed.

Short walk into Kirkwall centre; even shorter to Lidl and Tesco. Adjoining leisure centre with pool and cinema.

Excellent facilities - showers, laundry, kitchen, lounge all top notch.

Good hardstanding for motorhomes. Some grass pitches too. Nice areas for tents.

If you're ok with an urban site, this is the business.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Lenandlou 7 reviews from this member

We can add little to Sigrit's extensive review of this very good site. We confirm the entirely satisfactory comments about the facilities and the staff, and the ease of reaching the town centre and shops.

We took a minibus tour with 'Wild About Orkney', which was considerably cheaper than many others, but the guide (Clive) was a retired Head teacher, who knew his stuff and great value.

We crossed from Gills to St Margaret's Hope on the catamaran (about 1 hour), and as a sea sickness sufferer I can fully recommend it.

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.

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