Lovely site in a beautiful location - we would have loved to have stayed for longer but we had lots to fit in to out two week break. Our van is a Fiat Ducato base so no problem getting onto a pitch - great level pitches overlooking the sea with EHU available on other pitches if required. There are camping pods also, with great views from the top of the site, tents had a choice of fields. We pitched up & went for a walk down to the sandy beach, and caught up with the owner Mike when we returned - very friendly & helpful, even managed to convert me to broad bean eating with some of his delicious home grown veg. There is a small supply of basic provisions available to buy and a gallery with beautiful prints to purchase. This would be a fantastic site if you were walking/cycling with a tent as the camp kitchen had toaster, kettle, electric rings, pots, pans, plates, glasses - even a teapot. The showers were wonderfully hot, all facilities clean & tidy. A sea mist rolled in whilst we were there, but in the morning it had cleared giving us a stunning view across the fields, church & out to sea. We even managed to get a fleeting glimpse of the short eared owl. This site is great for the ferry from St Margaret's Hope, shop there sells a huge range. Child friendliness - fresh air & a sandy beach - what more could you want? We would love to return here for longer next time - thank you for a lovely stay Mike.
We loved this campsite. It is ideally based for visiting both South Ronadsay and mainland Orkney. It is literary only a 10 minute drive for the ferry terminal at St Margaret's Hope. I guess e best way to sum this site up is quirky, in a nice way.
It has everything you need, toilets, hot water in showers, covered kitchen area with just about anything you need to make a meal, an eclectic collection of pots, pans and dishes, some original 1970/80 dishware.
The views are stunning and you can easily walk to the Eastside beach which is very tranquil.
Originally only planned overnight stop but liked it so much stayed two nights then back for one on return (and could catch the early morning ferry as it's only 5/10 minutes drive from terminal). Lovely owner and, though it has a simple, ramshackle air, the facilities outshine many glitzier operations. Eg thoughtful touches like bathmats, hand towels. End shower unit has heated towel rail so a bit warmer in the Orkney wind. [Not many others camping when we were there so no issues with hot water supply]. Fridge/freezer, cooker, biodegradable dog poo bags (honesty box system - sums up Orkney really). Things are composted/recycled where possible (hence biodegradable poo bags). And - luxury - it had a toaster in the covered kitchen! We loved it, dog loved it. Friendly, calm and peaceful. We'd happily have paid more.
South Ronaldsay is worth a look round rather than just passing through. From the beach and little church at the bottom of the road to quirky Tomb of the Eagles at Isbister (including museum of relics) and WW2 battery at Hoxa Head.
More of an old fashioned and charmingly rustic camping site than a caravan site and we cannot recommend it to standard or larger motorhomers even at £14 per night.
We found the access track tight for our not particularly large motorhome due to the lack of hedge cutting, although the small, hard pitch area was reasonably level.
There are no dedicated chemical disposal facilities and we disliked on hygiene grounds the suggestion of using the toilets for this purpose. The sole water tap was also unsuitable for motorhomes unless you happen to have a clamp type fitting and are willing to block the entrance whilst filling the tank.
The owners are a delight and were very helpful, although they were uniquely charging for the pitch based on our unit length! The main site, however, is long/unmown grass, leading to wet feet. The facilities are unisex and, whilst clean, can only be described as primitive - an adjective that describes the site generally, although doubtless some folk would see this as a benefit. There were 17 units (mainly tents) on the site during our 2 night stay sharing only 3 unisex toilets and 2 showers.
The problem on Orkney is the shortage of sites, although there are plenty of places to wild camp and, we are really sorry to say, we would rather stay at the graveyard car park down the road from Wheems if we visit Orkney again.
We spent our first night on Orkney at this site just because it is only 1. 5 miles from the ferry terminal at St Margaret's Hope, and we were arriving on the evening ferry. We were so delighted by it that we rearranged our plans so that we could come back later for a couple of nights. One of the best things about Orkney is the scenery and abundance of wildlife, and you can appreciate both to the full in this site, looking over the South Ronaldsay coast and cliffs in one direction, and some other Orkney islands in the other. The farm's owners are very welcoming and helpful.
They have recently added four level hard-standing pitches with hook-up and quite a number of other level grassy pitches, with and without hook-up. The facilities are fairly basic but quite adequate. One of the toilet/shower cubicles is larger than the others and so suitable for parent & child or disabled person & carer. There is a sheltered kitchen area where you can cook and eat a meal. The cost is reasonable and you only pay extra for the washing machine or if you want to cook a full meal in the kitchen.
The village shops at St Margaret's Hope are 1. 5 miles away, and the supermarkets are at Kirkwall, some 15 miles away, and so you need to be reasonably self-sufficient. You can only empty your chemical toilet here if you use green chemical fluid - otherwise you would need to travel to public toilets to empty it.
The island of South Ronaldsay is connected to the Orkney mainland by causeways and so you can drive to the Orkney tourist sites. South Ronaldsay itself has the very interesting Tomb of Eagles, Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, and the Sands of Wright. The South Ronaldsay east coastal walk is easily accessible from the campsite.
Stunning location, tucked away on a farm but just a couple of miles from the ferry terminal at St Margaret's Hope.
Pitches are in a field with a lovely view of the coast; unfortunately it's quite sloping so if you have a big tent you'll struggle to find level ground. The grass was quite rough too.
Facilities include an undercover dishwashing area that also has a washing machine (for a charge), drying line, fridge and freezer for camper use. We really appreciated the latter, no struggling with bags of ice.
There are two units each containing a toilet / washbasin / shower and one that's just a toilet. Hot water can sometimes be an issue - as well as running out if usage has been heavy, there were a couple of occasions on which the hot water (and the second time the lights in the toilet block) cut out completely. However, Mike worked hard to resolve this.
The wardens Mike and Christina were both friendly - note that generally they're only around from 9-10am and 6-7pm, so folk arriving at other times can just pitch up and speak to them later.
All in all a nice site, if slightly basic, and handy for many of Orkney's attractions - great value for money!
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