When I booked this there were only two pitches left with EHU and they were grass ones up against the back wall behind some tent pitches. Other than having to reverse across these as yet unoccupied pitches to reach my own one it was not a problem, the grass was firm despite the recent heavy rain. The warden was very friendly and helpful explaining all that was needed. This is a small but attractive site on the edge of Kirkwall.
The only problem we and several other people had that we spoke to was the combination lock to the facilities-it seemed to have a mind of its own making entering the building very frustrating.
The facilities themselves were modern and spotlessly clean. Some dog owners were allowing their dogs to run free on the site seemingly oblivious to any nuisance that they were causing-I am sure that if I were to do likewise with my Ridgebacks they would be the first to complain. As it happens
There is a large green opposite ideal for walking dogs complete with several bins for waste. Just down the road is a large Tesco with plenty of parking for large units.
Kirkwall itself is a very attractive town with a wide variety of shops many of which you won't see on the mainland. St Magnus Cathedral is magnificent and a must see. The Highland Park distillery on the outskirts of town is well worth a visit as is the Italian Chapel a little further away. If you have a freezer in your van then Jolly's fish shop is a great place to stock up with more than fish. Further north at Birsay is The Earls Palace which again is well worth going to as is Stromness the second town on the island. Incidentally, when travelling to Orkney it is quicker and cheaper to sail from Gills Bay with Pentland Ferries rather Northlink Ferries from Scrabster. If you have a day or two to spare then an absolute must is a visit to Westray, one of the more northerly islands. When we came to leave several of the tent pitches in front of us were taken which meant a bit of wiggling was needed to get out had I not reversed in in the first place then this could have been a problem. Perhaps the owners should rethink the haphazard nature of some of the pitch layouts.
Don't be deterred by previous reviews concerning travellers on the site. We have been assured by the warden that this was a 'one off' that occurred last year.
This is a lovely, friendly site where the staff are very helpful with excellent information available on the site (updated daily) One or two of the pitches are close to the road, therefore there is some noise; however, there is a good mix of hardstanding, grass and tent pitches so a good choice.
The facilities are warm and clean - lounge, kitchen, laundry and a heated shower block. The site is adjacent to the leisure centre with a pool, cinema, concert hall and other facilities.
There are 3 supermarkets within a 5 minute walk, town centre is 15 mins away, car hire a 5 minute walk with garage/fuel close to the site. There is also a huge green area opposite the site - great for dog walks, served by dog poo bins.
The site is well situated as a base to explore the Orkney Islands.
Maybe we were lucky: we'd booked a GWE pitch and got a good one, sheltered by a good big wall. Most units were on hardstanding. We had trouble with noisy neighbours one night (out of the six) but otherwise was quiet. The site facilities are superb, including a washing machine at £2 and two rotary airers outside, plus there is room to put up your own airer/dryer in the laundry room. Nice green area over the road (for dog walks etc). The only gripe is with the wardening arrangements (or lack of them). The three wardens we met were all extremely pleasant and helpful, but only there for a few hours every day. We were there into June, when things improved, but in May the office was manned only 5 hours/day. Very difficult for unbooked people arriving outside those hours.
Excellent facilities on site; loads of individual bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge area all free to use.
However, there were several 'traveller' families on site and unfortunately we were pitched very close to a large group who were very noisy, moving vehicles during the night and sitting with engines running late at night etc.
We left after one night as we had hoped for more peaceful camping on Orkney. The site staff were great; understanding and sympathetic however we never saw a warden during our stay.
Without the travellers this would be a great site, handy for Kirkwall and walking distance to several supermarkets, a great pool and a cinema.
The site is in the town and quite close to the road so whilst being convenient for the town, you miss the stunning views that other sites on Orkney offer.
Spent 2 weeks here, including the busy week of the county show. The site has both good and bad points.
Location: Handy for shops, pubs, Orkney ferries, sports center but close to busy road and no views.
Facilities: Very different to caravan club. Rooms unisex but contain toilet, shower and sink and plenty of them. Never had to queue even when busy. They do not close for cleaning but are cleaned regularly, as a result they are never as clean as they could be as people trample in mud while still wet.
There is a warden but not full time. When we were there, a lot of 'traveller' caravans were in running a block paving business in the area, possibly because one of the barriers was broken at first. Caravans also arrive late at night off the ferries. This is not a quiet site and work started next to the camping area on what looked like a new all weather pitch.
Has a good, comfortable campers room which is well used, laundry good and cheaper then most. Free and good WiFi.
With a few things tweaking this site could be really good. A full time warden would sort many of them.
We initially emailed to enquire about a pitch for 2 nights and didn't receive a reply, however on telephoning the girl couldn't have been more helpful and apologetic for the lack of reply. The booking process was then straightforward and simple, with the pitch paid for before we even left home.
The site itself is really good, flat grass pitches for the tents, plenty of electric hook up and hard standing pitches, picnic tables to go around and excellent facilities.
As the weather wasn't great we made use of the indoor lounge area in the facilities in the evening to charge our mobile phones/kindles and chat with other campers. The kitchen was well laid out with sinks at 2 heights allowing easy access for wheelchair users. The free showers were hot and the toilets were generally clean. As has been mentioned in previous reviews, any mess had been left by fellow campers who clearly don't see the need to clean up behind themselves!
There was a fair bit of road noise, police car/ambulance in particular but it died down over night. The location is great, easy to find. There was a small play area on site for the kids.
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