About About this youth hostel ....

Friendly and welcoming, in a quiet location 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is the perfect base for exploring the historic sights and wonderful wildlife of Orkney.

Perfect for groups, families and individual travellers, this warm and welcoming youth hostel offers a wide range of accommodation from private rooms to comfortable shared dorms. Two of the rooms are en-suite but there are ample shower and washroom facilities available.

WiFi is available in the lounge and is free for all guests. Other facilities include: a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a large comfortable lounge with TV and well-stocked library, a laundry, drying room and free onsite parking for up to 20 cars. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.
The hostel also has a sheltered external bike storage area but guests are advised to bring suitable bicycle locks for security.

Kirkwall is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on: +44 (0) 1856 872 243 to check availability. There is a small charge of £7.50 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.

‘Wee Breakfast’ available (Please remember to pre-book).  

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Why stay?

  • Walking distance from a number of visitor attractions
  • Friendly team with expert local knowledge
  • Dog Friendly
  • Good public transport links

Please remember to book your ferry before you travel.

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BB Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April to September (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

08:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00

Check in

17:00 - 22:00

Check out

08:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Reception is closed between 10:00-17:00, but guests arriving early will have access to the hostel's communal areas. Late check in available by prior arrangement.


Free Wifi

Family Rooms

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Laundry Room

Drying Room

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Private Rooms

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Lounge/TV Room

Towel Hire

Shopping Nearby

Pet Dogs Welcome

Guest Reviews

Reasons to visit

Capital of Orkney, the historic town of Kirkwall is dominated by the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral. Constructed from local red sandstone, it's one of Scotland's most interesting cathedrals.

Orkney is a Neolithic treasure trove and Kirkwall Youth Hostel is a superb base for exploring its historic sites. Many attractions, like Skara Brae, Maeshowe and the Ring of Brodgar are a short distance away and the hostel is only a mile from historic Scapa Flow and a quiet sandy beach.

South of the centre, the Highland Park Distillery is well worth a visit. An hour long tour will give you the opportunity to see how they malt their own barley and use a peat kiln to dry it.

The island is famous for its hand-made arts and crafts, from exquisite designer jewellery to fine knitwear and locally inspired artwork and souvenirs.

Orkney is well known for the quality of its fresh local larder. From fine quality meats to seafood and cheese, you will have plenty of opportunities to pick up a posh picnic or take home an edible souvenir.




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