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Ayres Rock Hostel And Camp Site
Isle Of Sanday
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW17 2AY
Tel: 01857 600410
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Pitches: 9
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 6 Reviews
                9/10 from 6 Reviews

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 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   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 No Playground   TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf <5 miles   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach On Site   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents.


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Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: BeachDog 26 reviews from this member

 Great little campsite, in fact the only campsite on Sanday overlooking a rocky bay. Is also a hostel and has camping pods too. Sloping site but blocks available. Shower facilities basic but clean, access to hostel kitchen. EHU, water and waste available. Owners very friendly & helpful. There is a community shop and general stores on the island. Kettletoft has a couple of hotels serving meals. Lots of sandy beaches to explore. Be aware if you wish to visit Quoyness cairn - no dogs are allowed along the track approaching it. 

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

 Upon arrival the owners were really friendly and helpful at squeezing us in and providing EHU. They accept card payments as do the two well stocked shops on the island, the nearest shop is about a mile away.

It is a small campsite and the pitches are not marked or numbered allowing you to position facing whatever direction you want. The ground is a bit uneven but is fine with chock blocks and the owners have some wood to help you level up if needed. It caters for a few motorhomes/campervans along with some tents, as well as having three glamping pods. The facilities include a campers kitchen, the toilet block (which contains one toilet and one shower) and a separate toilet and sink in a wooden shed type building at the edge of the campsite field. These were kept clean, well stocked with toilet roll and soap and we never had to queue.

Sanday is a lovely, quiet, friendly island which has some really nice quiet beaches along with quiet roads to cycle and run on. 

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: WenC 4 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
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
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
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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