About About this hostel

Birsay Outdoor Centre is in a rural location, just outside Birsay, on the northwest coast of the Orkney mainland.

The Centre offers comfortable accommodation, with new furniture, beds and appliances. It's in close proximity to a varied coastline, with spectacular scenery and beaches.

There are five bedrooms and a total of 26 beds in total. There's also a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, small lounge and drying room.

The Centre is open from April to September, but may be available out of season for groups of four or more.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact +44 (0) 1856 873535, email or  visit Birsay Outdoor Centre website

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Birsay Youth Hostel

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Access Hours

Once check-in is complete, there is all day access


Private Rooms

Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Bike Store

Laundry Room

Secure Lockers

Family Rooms

Guest Kitchen

Drying Room

Luggage Store

Shopping Nearby

Reasons to visit

Birsay is a great location for history buffs - the island really is bursting with ancient history. It has been settled continuously since Neolithic times, more than 5000 years ago, and is the ancient capital of Orkney.

Whilst on Birsay you can see chambered cairns, standing stones, brochs and Pict settlements. The island was a centre of Viking power in the 11th century under Thorfinn the Mighty (place names and ruins testify to a blend of Norse and Scots settlers) and in the late 16th century a palace was built there by Robert Stewart, a son of King James V, 1st Earl of Orkney.

Birsay also boasts spectacular scenery, with towering cliffs with abundant bird and wildlife. Great beaches around the island ensure lots of opportunities for that perfect Instagram shot. 

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