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Pickaquoy Caravan And Camping Site
Pickaquoy Road
Kirkwall
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW15 1LR
Tel: 01856 879900
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Pitches: 81
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 45 Reviews
                9/10 from 45 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   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 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 1 mile   Wild Swimming 1 mile   Indoor Pool 1 mile   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach 5 miles   Watersports 1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 1 mile 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  45 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tea Lover 5 reviews from this member

Loved this site. Shower block excellent - heated floor and plenty of space in individual cubicles. A wet and windy time but plenty to do in Kirkwall and the leisure centre next door. Ate breakfast there 3 days out of 4. Croissants from Lidl the other day.

Dog walks straight from the site on the Peedie Sea area or through the community woodland heading up Wideford Hill.

Friendly staff and a well run site. Was very pleasantly surprised for a site so close to town.
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Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sputnik84 1 review from this member

This campground has great facilities and is very close to Kirkwall, you can walk to anywhere in town.

Have stayed here during summer several years running and have always found it a good experience.

There's plenty of space for tents, pitching spaces are largely flat and well drained. Some pitches come with electricity for a higher price. The campground has an excellent facilities block, accessible with a key code.

12 fully enclosed individual shower blocks, each with a shower, sink, toilet and space to get changed, plus two individual toilet+sink rooms and one large disability-friendly bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower.

There's a communal kitchen with a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and cupboard storage space for dry food. A laundry with two large washers and two dryers, £2 a wash, £1 to dry and you can get sachets of laundry powder for 50p from the office during warden hours. There's a small drying rack for everyone's use but it is usually in high demand!

The common room has power sockets, a bookshelf, comfortable chairs and small tables. There's also a small private cubicle with a payphone for calls. Wifi is accessible across the campsite though can be slow when everyone's on at once in the early evenings. It comes from the leisure centre just across from the site, so if you're struggling with signal head towards that building (or pitch up closer to it).

Wardens attend the site during basically 'business hours' of the day, sometimes the times differ slightly - they will post a notice up if so. If you arrive after-hours, information about where your pitch is will be visibly posted on the office window. Wardens are very friendly and helpful and very accomodating of people's needs within reason. There's an information board in the common room with maps, sightseeing info and local transport information.

There's a Co-Op and Tesco just 5 minutes walk away, and pubs not much further!

There are plenty of camper van/motorhome spots, I've never used them myself but those who do seem pleased and many are return customers. There's a late arrival bay to park in if you've driven up late without a booking or too late to get a boom gate code from the warden.

There is a playground for kids, though this can be irritating for adults camped nearby due to the noise which sometimes goes on surprisingly late! Advise pitching away from it if you don't have your own kids to set loose on it. As its Orkney, the weather sometimes renders the outside playground useless and there's not much else for them to do on the campsite itself - most other campers don't appreciate bored children tearing up the small common room, so to be honest I wouldn't bring kids here myself unless I knew I could keep them entertained in the tent or camper van.

All in all though, a great campsite if you need somewhere close to Kirkwall and aren't specifically seeking something closer to 'wild camping'.

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wor Joe 4 reviews from this member

A lovely site, absolutely perfect and good value. Helpful reception, spotlessly clean, maintained well. Walking distance to Kirkwall town centre, bus stops nearby for farther afield. The leisure centre itself has a cafe and bar and there are no less than 3 supermarkets all in a row just down the road. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Glossopwhite 33 reviews from this member

A nice campsite, the pitches are numbered and you are allocated a pitch but it does not have too 'regimented' a feel about it unlike some sites we have stayed at previously. Although on the outskirts of Kirkwall the site was quiet and we were not disturbed by traffic noise. The pitch we were on was nice and spacious, within a good distance of a bin and water tap along with the EHU point.

The amenity block was excellent, the all in one toilet, sink and shower rooms are brilliant, a great size, lots of room to hang your belongings and a great size shower to wash in. We didnít have to queue once and given that the site was quite full this was great.

The chemical disposal is as you enter the campsite just to the side of the toilet block and had a hose and water facilities in it.

It is a short walk to the supermarkets and the town where there are plenty places to eat out and a range of shops. The recently set up weekly Saturday morning parkrun is held nearby too (just over the road).

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Fierymac 7 reviews from this member

Great site as a base for touring Orkney. Pretty much the whole mainland is available to you within a 45 minute drive.

The facilities are excellent with a kitchen fitted with sinks, kettle, washing machine and microwave (no hob or oven). Also a lounge and plenty of toilet/shower cubicles. The showers are the push button type and are completely free. There are hard standing pitches all with hook-up, and a grass camping area. The site is next door to the local leisure centre which has a swimming pool and cinema, and also has some kind of theatre facilities too as there was a well known comedian on tour there the night after we left, so it may be worth checking out the Pickaquoy centre website while you're about.

5 minutes walk to Tesco/Co-op and Lidl, and another 5 minutes gets you right in the centre of Kirkwall. Great site and would definitely use it again if visiting Orkney again.

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tedthebudgie 35 reviews from this member

Visited in May 2017 and back again during a wet, cold and windy November week. 5 nights for the price of four! Plus when booked in advance as we did, a discount off Northlink Ferries. The facilities are just as clean and warm. Mind you it does feel a bit of squash with our Autosleeper Duetto fighting for space with one bloke and his caravan!

I would recommend Orkney in winter. A lot of things are closed but the scenery and archaeology remain splendid.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Tedthebudgie 35 reviews from this member

Really liked this site. Excellent central location for doing the sites on Orkney mainland. It's urban and near a road but traffic is light and not intrusive particularly during the evening. Your sleep won't be disturbed.

Short walk into Kirkwall centre; even shorter to Lidl and Tesco. Adjoining leisure centre with pool and cinema.

Excellent facilities - showers, laundry, kitchen, lounge all top notch.

Good hardstanding for motorhomes. Some grass pitches too. Nice areas for tents.

If you're ok with an urban site, this is the business.

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Lenandlou 10 reviews from this member

We can add little to Sigrit's extensive review of this very good site. We confirm the entirely satisfactory comments about the facilities and the staff, and the ease of reaching the town centre and shops.

We took a minibus tour with 'Wild About Orkney', which was considerably cheaper than many others, but the guide (Clive) was a retired Head teacher, who knew his stuff and great value.

We crossed from Gills to St Margaret's Hope on the catamaran (about 1 hour), and as a sea sickness sufferer I can fully recommend it.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Sibrig 8 reviews from this member

This site is located in the Orkney 'capital', Kirkwall, with easy walking access to the local shops, harbour, restaurants and bars and is about a half hour's drive from the Stromness and St. Margaret's Hope ferry terminals. It has a mix of grass and hard standing pitches and several areas allocated for tents, but of the 80 pitches only 28 have electric hook ups. Free wifi is available throughout the site. There is no dog walk, but just over the road is a large area of parkland and a lake. There is a very well equipped children's play area adjoining the site, and the neighbouring leisure centre has swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, squash & badminton courts, table tennis, soft play area and cinema all just a few minuts walk away.

If booking online you are able to view a site map and select your preferred pitch from those available, although your selection won't be finally confirmed until checking in on arrival. Your booking confirmation email includes a gate access code to enter the site and a security code for the door of the facilities building. It also says when the on-site Reception is open. If you arrive outside that time you have to check in at the leisure centre's Reception - instructions are posted on the outside window of the on-site Reception office.

The facilities building is just inside the site entrance and houses the on-site Reception office and toilet & shower block, lounge, kitchen and laundry. It was well heated throughout our stay and all of the facilities were clean and well maintained and the staff hard working, cheerful, helpful and friendly. Toilets and showers are in 12 individual unisex rooms each containing a toilet, washbasin and shower. 3 extra rooms near the entrance have no shower but a toilet, washbasin and handryer. There is also a separate large family/disabled shower room with toilet and basin. The showers are free and the water hot at all times, but are of the push button type and with no temperature control. The lounge is comfortable with plenty of seating and tables, and leads on to the well equipped kitchen containing 6 washing up sinks, microwave, fridge and kettle and storage cabinets all for general use and the laundry room with washing machines, dryers, sinks and clothes airers. You can see photos of all these facilities in the Gallery on the site's website. A proper motorhome service point with drive-over grating is situated at the site entrance.

Kirkwall is Orkney's largest town and has a good range of independent shops mostly situated in the narrow and ancient streets around the 12th century cathedral, which is well worth a visit and about 15 minute walk from the site. Nearby is the Bishop's Palace and the excellent Orkney Museum and many small cafes, bistros and bars. Be warned, however, that although the narrow streets are paved from one side to the other they are not pedestrian only. Three large supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl and Co-op) are all nearer the site, 5-10 minutes walk away along the main road. The archaelogical sites of Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Broch of Gurness and many others are within an easy drive of the site, as is the Italian POW chapel on South Ronaldsay via the Churchill barrier causeways. Inter-island ferries leave Kirkwall harbour for many of the other islands, and a short drive takes you to the ferry point for Hoy and its much wilder scenery and walking.

All in all a well run site providing a convenient, centrally located base for the Orkney mainland and with all the facilities you could reasonably want at hand.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Einsteinwasright 4 reviews from this member

We had been staying in very rural, remote, and privately owned campsites before arriving here so it was a bit of a culture shock for us.

This is very much a commercial business with rules - great for security etc. But not if you want a real proper camping experience! As it is in the main town of Kirkwall it is also fairly noisy with traffic, and there is quite a lot of light pollution.

The facilities are fantastic, really good clean toilets and showers, a proper kitchen and laundry area. Staff are really friendly and welcoming and happy to advise on the local area and places to go.

Most importantly for some - there is free wifi available in the building!

Not for us, but it is a really good, clean campsite with all the facilities that you will need.

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