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Reviews of Wheems Organic Farm Bothy And Campsite

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Wheems Organic Farm Bothy And Campsite
South Ronaldsay
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW17 2TJ
Tel: 01856 831556  or  07400 542026
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Pitches: 20
Open: 01/12/2024 to 31/12/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 25 Reviews
                8/10 from 25 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: RoyVaux 45 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Cc43 20 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Nht2010 6 reviews from this member

 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! 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lynn1956 1 review from this member

 We will definitely use it again. It is only a few miles from St Margaret's Hope ferry port. The site's facilities were basic but were kept in good, clean order.

The owner was friendly and approachable, and the cost very reasonable(7 per night for a large tent, a car and two adults)Fresh eggs and vegetables were available to purchase if needed.

The views and the nearby beach were lovely. The main town of Kirkwall was about 15-20 minutes drive away, and there was a good range of restaurants and takeaway food providers there, as well as three supermarkets.

We would recommend this site if you are looking for a quiet, relaxed place to spend some time in Orkney. 

Date of Visit: May 2008 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Nettie 3 reviews from this member

 This is a small site at Eastside on South Ronaldsay, with wonderful views over Eastside beach and St. Peter's church. It's only a couple of miles from St. Margaret's Hope, where the ferry from Gill's Bay arrives, and would make a handy stop over.

The camping field slopes a bit and might be a bit rough for tents, but for a camper van it was fine. The facilities are simple but good for the price, which at the time was 3 per person - a real bargain! Hot water and showers don't cost any extra. No hook ups or children's play area. Friendly hosts who run a well established organic farm. You can buy eggs from the farm, and veggies in season. The nearest shops are at St. Margaret's Hope, which is a short drive away, and there are also a couple of places to eat and drink in the village.

If you're looking for a quiet, friendly, simple site with wonderful views and a fantastic beach within walking distance this is ideal. We loved it! 

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