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Birsay Outdoor Centre Campsite
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW17 2LY
Tel: 01856 873535
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Pitches: 20
Open: 01/04/2024 to 30/09/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 26 Reviews
                9/10 from 26 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   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 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Alronald 11 reviews from this member

 Orkney council really know how to run good campsites!

Situated a couple of miles from Birsay in grounds of hostel. Most pitches seemed to be on grass and site is open meaning it gets pretty windy - some of the non-EHU tent pitches seemed to be situated next to a grassy bank - presumably that offers some wind protection.

Clean well-cared for facilities. Toilets and showers are unisex and located in a couple of portacabins. Toilet Chemical disposal point has been installed this year. Dishwashing and laundry facilities.

Few things to do in Birsay - Brough of Birsay (safe tide times listed in dishwashing room), St Magnus Way, Marwick Head and Bay, Earl's Palace, Birsay Tea Room and Orkney Brewery - basically nothing on the mainland's that far away

It was pretty wet, windy and miserable when we were there but we had no issues moving on and off our pitch as ground drainage excellent. Glad we didn't have an awning though - another motorhomer had real struggles keeping theirs up.

Another great warden - Alan appeared regularly each evening in his waterproofs doing the rounds and checking on everyone. Really nice guy 

Date of Visit: June 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Gillia 1 review from this member

 Surprising location.

More on offer than we thought.

Lovely warden as well.

If we know of anyone coming to Orkney we would definitely recommend this campsite to them. 
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Date of Visit: June 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Damaca 85 reviews from this member

 Great campsite. Brilliant sea view with sunset. Ultra quiet and peaceful.

Very good shower/loo facilities even if in a portakabin-like building. 2 good dishwashing sinks in the hostel entrance.

Lovely walks available from site, the Brough of Birsay (island reachable on foot at low tide) is not to be missed for beauty and nature sightings (seals, puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes, skylarks, oystercatchers, a curlew, starlings, sparrows, a hooded crow as well as beautiful coastal wildflowers).

Site is a quite large, flat, grassy field. Electricity, water and grey water disposal all excellent. Wardens share their time between hostel and campsite and were very friendly.

Tide times displayed in hostel entrance. Book and pay by internet, choose your own pitch and just turn up.

If wanting to visit the recommended nearby village cafť, check the opening times carefully. 

Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Pamro4 1 review from this member

 Campsite was great, good location for local walks and beach.

Wardens were friendly and very helpful, made you feel welcome.

Would recommend to all 

Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Truediamond 111 reviews from this member

 We had two nights here, after moving on from another Council owned Site in Stromness. Everything we said about that Site applies here, the Wardens were really friendly and helpful here too but, if anything, the site is even more exposed and at least one tent got shredded in the wind.

Although the site is a bit out of Birsay, the Brough is only a couple of miles away and an easy crossing when the tide is out. The Kitchener Monument is another couple of miles along the coast in the opposite direction.

The Birsay Tea Room was a real find, lovely cakes in a room with views.

There's plenty of space for children to play and a large play park just next to the Community Hall beside the Site. 


Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Pgedwa 1 review from this member

 Lovely spaced out site with good clean facilities.

Even though at the north of the mainland it was a good site for exploring this beautiful island.

Nice and flat. 
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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 684 reviews from this member

 Fantastic council owned campsite attached to the Birsay Hostel.

You need to book on-line, you chose which pitch you want from a plan and you recieve an email confirmation. When you arrive there is a board confirming pitches and names. If you arrive without booked and take a pitch it may be that someone else has booked on line during the day. The warden only comes around 7-8pm in the evening.

Loos and showers were fairly old in a container but very, very clean and heated. Showers were excellent and there was also a washing machine in the ladies £2 for a wash.

Pittches on grass - you chose if want an electric hookup pitch when you book. Fresh and grey water taps both situated in centre of site.

Walk down from the site to the cemetary andthere is a footpath into the village of Birsay. There is a cafe and a shop (sells fuel) the ruins of the Earls Palace and about a mile down the track is the causeway out to the island of Brough Head with a beautiful walk up the lighthouse.

We thought this was a great site, there were 12 other united and 3 tents and it was totally peaceful - highly recommed. 
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Keith Wenden 1 review from this member

 Birsay campsite Orkneys.

Recently camped on this excellent site with first rate toilet, shower and kitchen facilities.

Extremely helpful and cooperative warden Lorraine, who helped us on our last night when we were allowed into the hostel due to exceptionally strong winds.

Ideal location for visiting amazing sights. 

Date of Visit: April 2018 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Lorfal 27 reviews from this member

 Stayed for 4 nights. Beautiful location, grass, no hardstandings that we could see.

Only one water and waste disposal point. Be warned, there is NO chemical disposal point. Campsite was empty and this was a surprise given we were there over Easter.

Pitches are generous. Toilets and showers are warm and clean.

There is a small shop 10 min walk away. Nice walks from the site. Dog friendly.

If you are the type who likes to sit out of an evening and watch the sun go down you might be a little disappointed if you are doing it sitting down. There is a wall all the way round about waist height, maybe a bit higher. You can see the sea and views whilst standing or sitting in van but sitting down outside you see the wall. Not a huge issue, but might be disappointing to some.

Think we paid £99 for 4 nights. Iím not sure this was good value given only one water point, no chemical toilet. Iíve been to better sites for less.

There are no paper towels or hand driers in the toilets, so if you just pop in for the loo remember youíll need to drip dry or take your towel every time you need a pee.

Communal bars of soap at each sink, soap dispensers were empty. This isnít something we like, but I dare say ok for others. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Chingers 2 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for 3 nights and can't recommend this site enough. The toilet and washing facilities are second to none and access to an indoor kitchen for washing up with free use of a kettle and microwave is a real bonus if you are in a small tent.

The wardens we met were both very helpful and friendly and the site is a credit to their hard work and dedication. The nearby Palace stores is a good local village store and 10 minutes down the road at Dounby the Co-op covers most other things along with a very nice butchers and probably the cheapest fuel on the islands.

The site looks out over the Brough of Birsay and most of the other historical sites are within easy driving distance and some great coastal scenery at Yesnaby and around the Kitchener memorial.

Great site look forward to coming back. 

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