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Birsay Outdoor Centre Campsite
Orkney Islands   (Browse area)
KW17 2LY
Tel: 01856 873535
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Pitches: 20
Open: 01/04/2021 to 31/10/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 21 Reviews
                9/10 from 21 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: 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 612 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 23 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. 


Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Hek132 7 reviews from this member

 We arrived very late off the ferry at Kirkwall -23. 00-but we still managed to find this site as it's right beside the community centre. We choose to picth our tent up at the back beside the wall as it was very very windy.

A flat site easy to pitch the tent and a water tap nearby We stayed here for 5 nights and found the facilities clean and well maintained. The friendly warden is available every day. No charge for showers or washing machine or tumble dryer ! ( that's a first).

The campers kitchen is a small area however there is a large room behind this with table chairs etc to eat in and relax. You will also find lots of information of what to see and do, Adjoining hostel rooms are beside this. Brough of Birsey is worth a visit just make sure you know the Tide times,

Nearby village has a Co op & There is a great Craft Trail around Orkney and we visited all around the mainland seeing many amazing history sites, too many to mention, but so worth it.

We were on honeymoon and would recommend this site, the only downside was the constant wind, but a good base to travel from and lovely sunsets at night 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Boterbloem 2 reviews from this member

 Fantastic campsite. Peace and quiet the birds, the sea and the wind. Facilities 10 out of 10

Very friendly and accommodating

Will visit again sometime. Lots of things to do if you liked nature and the out doors.

Beautifully kept grounds. No hassle on leaving day just go when you are ready

Only one negative point ( my husbands nag) only one washing up sink so a bit of a queue sometime. Personally I don't care my husband washes up not me 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Daisy85 16 reviews from this member

 Lovely peaceful wee site. Toilets and showers are spotless. There is a campers kitchen with the use of a microwave. Opposite there is a drying room where you can dry your wet clothes. Campers can use the washing machine and tumble dryer for free.

The toilets are nice and toasty, nice when you come out the shower.

Nice walk to Birsay bay and town.

Beautiful views from the site, some stunning sunsets while we were there. 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Mclanark 3 reviews from this member

 Stayed here in july for one night and site is lovely and peacefully. You just pitch up and the warden is on site in the evening.

Shower and toilet facilities are 1st class also there is free washing and dryer yes free when have you ever had that on a site.

Small town is near by for a evening walk enjoyed stay and would return 

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Charlie24 11 reviews from this member

 Another ten days spent at Birsay. Weather not so kind this time in common with the rest of the country, but the excellent facilities meant you could get everything dry overnight.

Lorraine and Sue the wardens work very hard to maintain the standards here and deserve credit for their hard work.

Excellent value and a location with sunsets that are unbelievable when the weather allows. Recommended. 

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