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Ayres Rock Hostel And Camp Site
Isle Of Sanday
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW17 2AY   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01857 600410

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Pitches: 9
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 4 Reviews
              9/10 from 4 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Statics for Hire  Glamping 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents, space permitting. It is a member only site - you may be able to join on arrival - please check direct with the site.


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Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: WenC 3 reviews from this member

I have just returned from a fantastic four days spent at this camp site. The owners were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. As the campsite was quiet I was allowed to use the hostel facilities which included a well stocked kitchen. Both bathroom and kitchen were kept clean. The island of Sanday is simply stunning. I rented a bike from Pendlebury Pedals(Lady Village). The flat, low traffic roads made for pleasurable cycling. The few motorists waved cheerfully as they passed. There was a well stocked shop about a ten minute walk from the campsite. Julie, the owner even took me to the airfield. I would certainly return.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Tazsmum 25 reviews from this member

Stayed for 6 nights and explored the island fairly thoroughly - on first name terms with a number is islanders before we left, it's a very welcoming island!

We arrived from Saturday evening ferry which meant the on site chip shop was open, great for us as we didn't need to cook, less good for the owners as one had to leave the shop to show us around! This was the only night the chippy was open during our stay, and we were the only people on site for 4 nights. Separate hostel, but again it was quiet.

Site borders beach, owners brilliant, shower/toilet fine and common room with dishwashing /cooking/ eating/ sitting area, which was particularly useful for the tenters on site.

Wouldn't hesitate to return, and when we were concerned about the possibility of the grass getting too wet owners were happy for us to stay on approach drive - it wasn't necessary but nothing was too much trouble for them.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: AliceD 3 reviews from this member

We adored this site and could have stayed forever! It is beautifully situated above a bay, facing the setting sun.

The owner was exceptionally friendly and helpful, and gave us lots of suggestions for places to visit. Sanday is a very quiet island, so we spent most of our time on the many beautiful beaches, but there are a couple of pubs a few miles from the site and the owners do take-away food twice a week, and breakfast and evening meals. There's a well-equipped shop a short walk away, and a small gift shop on site.

Site facilities are separate for campers and hostellers. Campers' facilities are good, with a simple kitchen (due to be upgraded soon), a cosy sitting room, washing machine and a clean shower and loo. Hostellers' facilities are superb. There are some camping pods (small wooden chalets)available for hire which I used and found excellent.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jamsardine 8 reviews from this member

The main Island seemed like a busy metropolis after spending a week here. The Island is tranquil and you can explore without seeing another soul. We had the beaches to ourselves and the isolation and solitude was positively medicinal. There are some chambered cairns and do visit the stripy lighthouse( low tide).

If you're coming here the best way to get to know the island is with the 'ranger tours' which run every couple of days. Each one reveals a different aspect of the island: we particularly enjoyed the rock pooling and the skerries boat trip.

Because of the size of the island, Ayres rock is a bit of a focal point. It has a small chippy which opens on Thursday and Saturday evening and sells local crafts. We made friends quickly with practically everyone there, it's that sort of place, and my son had lots of fun with the owners' lovely children. The site is right on the edge of a small bay where wildlife abounds (basking sharks and dolphins are common), and whilst the weather was kind whilst we we there, I imagine it can get very interesting. The facilities are basic and there is a campers' kitchen housed in an old caravan and a lounge in one of the outbuildings.

For supplies, you need to drive or cycle to Kettletoft about 5 miles away, which has a couple of shops selling basic supplies (order your bread to be on the safe side) and some fresh fruit and veg. There's also the hotel there which does fresh, tasty and simple bar meals.

You have to really want to come here, but if you make the effort I promise you won't want to leave.

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