Kirkwall Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Warm and welcoming, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is located in a quiet area on the edge of the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall, close to the historic town and beautiful 12th century St Magnus Cathedral.

With a range of shared accommodation and private rooms, the hostel is a popular choice for groups, individuals and families. Facilities include a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a large drying room and laundry facilities.

Nearby ferry ports include Stromness, St Margarets, Burwick and Hatson. There are regular ferries to a number of Northern Isles destinations.

Reception is closed 1000-1700, but guests arriving early have access to the communal areas of the hostel

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel

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Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BB Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April - 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 1000-1700, but guests arriving early have access to the communal areas of the hostel


Free Wifi

Private Rooms Available

Family Rooms Available

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Self Catering Kitchen

Complimentary Tea and Coffee available in Self Catering Kitchen

Lounge/TV Room

Laundry Room

Towel Hire Available

Drying Room

Bike Store

Shopping Nearby

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

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.