We had two separate stays here and always used the hard standing on the seafront. The views were sensational out over Scapa Flow towards Flotta terminal. Unfortunately, we were 1 day late for a mother and calf Orca visit but still saw lots of seals, birds and ferries. The weather was always dry and windless but I suspect this would be a quite different site in poor weather.
Like Birsay, this Site is operated by Orkney Council which goes some way to explaining the odd pricing and other practices. Facilities are reasonable but Ladies toilets had a strong damp smell and with only two showers each, could get busy, I imagine, in peak periods.
The site is only 5 or so minutes from Stromness ferry terminal and for the graemsay and Hoy boats. Stromness itself is a very pretty town with a lot of history. We had a good meal at The stromness hotel. There are good walks towards Skara Brae and an excellent fish shop just near the school.
This is quite a basic site as far as the facilities go, and cannot understand why they charge 20p for a shower, laundry and dish washing all in the one area, tumble drier worked out rather expensive if you wished your clothes completely dry.
Part-time warden only there morning for a few hours and then again in the evening.
Being a small site it can get quite crowded, as the Island is not very big people tend to do day trips and use it as a base. We stayed a week, and yes, when the grass was cut it was just left but lucky for us we had no rain. It was a lovely site to just sit and watch the boats go in and out of the harbour.
Stromness itself is a lovely little town with lots of interesting shops and it is within a ten minute walk from the site. The Ferry Inn is a good place to eat and there is a Fish & Chip shop that does amazing smoked mackerel fish cakes. The week we were there the Bank of Scotland Cash line was out of order and the banks do not open daily which was a bit of a bind.
There is of course all the history of the island to see, my favourites being the Italian Chapel which was amazing and the Tomb of the Eagles both on South Ronaldsay. Skara Brae was interesting but really busy and being Scottish National Heritage had the usual very expensive shop attached. The Cathedral in Kirkwall is also a must see.
Downside of Orkney, not many places to walk dogs, although there is a good walk along the side of the sea at the site.
A convenient site for the ferry and to walk in to Stromness. Facilities are good but not fancy. There is a useful lounge for cold campers which was well used. Make no mistake: this site is exposed to weather and is always windy. Lots of hook ups but advisable to book in busy season. Booking system is via Orkney Council. Site is well run and warden is around in middle of the day. Good walks and views from site. Stromness itself is an interesting old town with an outstanding art gallery Pier Arts Centre which is well worth a visit.
Stayed here for four nights at the end of May, beginning of June. We arrived on the late ferry, we had pre booked and as instructed found a pitch and hooked up. We were told that the warden would be on site about 9 am the next morning for us to pay. Just as we were settling down to eat our late tea a very loud person stuck their head inside our van demanding payment. It made us feel like criminals, as if we had pitched up and was not going to pay. Now it turned out that this vocal chap was friendly enough, just a little 'enthusiastic' shall we say. We enjoyed our stay, the weather was kind, if it hadn't been I think we would have been blown into the sea on this very exposed site. As said before, the facility's are quite basic, my wife said her shower would not heat up, but the one I used was excellent ! I love Stromness and the 10-15 minute walk into the town is a treat, I could live there. We had no problems with anyone being too close on site or taking our marked pitch whilst we were out. Did all the neolithic and bronze age sites and much more besides. We went to the Art Gallery only to find an exhibition of St. Ives artist's work. We are from St. Ives !
Superb location. We were lucky with the wind, hardly any to speak of in the six days we were here. Agree with previous reviewers' comments re the facilities: OK but could be better. There is no dishwashing area, but you can use the laundry sink if it's free. Now, the 'administrative' arrangements. We had booked (very helpful ladies in the council office) but arrived from Kirkwall to find no help. After sitting (blocking the field entrance) for a while, decided to go and search, finding a 'warden' sitting in there playing with the computer. We were in full view of him but did he offer to come and help, did he thump. Eventually he deigned to come out and point at an area close to another unit, and not designated as a pitch at all. Naturally we had other units very close to us a lot of the time. And, with wardens on site only a few hours every day, plenty of people turn up and pitch where they like, 'what six-metre rule' ? It didn't completely spoil our stay but it could have been so much better.
A great seaside (not a beach) location adjoining a golf course and the coast path. We were fortunate to see seals and orcas close to the shore.
The facilities are fine, but the 20p shower charge is silly on top of the pitch fee, which offers free WiFi, although we found this to be very slow and only available close to the TV lounge.
The site is all grass and not far off level, but the grass was too long during our stay. The warden is great but he is hardly ever there and pitch allocation in late May was first come first served. We had booked a long time ahead but no space was reserved, so it was fortunate we arrived in time to claim one of only 3 remaining pitches. It appears we also need to get our pitch in use sign in foreign languages for it did not stop another motorhome user pinching it!
Overall it is a reasonable site (and there are very few on Orkney), except from the noise from the early morning ferry departure passing 100 yards offshore and what seemed to us to be an administration shambles.
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