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Birsay Outdoor Centre and Campsite

Birsay Outdoor Centre and Campsite.


Set in a rural location just outside Birsay in the northwest corner of Orkney Mainland.

This recently refurbished hostel offers visitors comfortable 3 star accommodation which comprises 5 bedrooms sleeping 26 persons in total. Exclusive room or hostel hire is available. The hostel welcomes singles, groups and families.

Outside in the extensive grounds, 20 camping and caravan pitches are available, some with hard standing and electric power hook ups. Tents, caravans and motorhomes can all be accommodated on this firm, grassy, level site. The centre is fully accessible for disabled guests.


Birsay Hostel, Orkney, KW17 2LY.

Opening Times

The Outdoor Centre is open April to September. Out of season booking may be available by arrangement.

Check in Time: By arrangement.

Departure Time: 10:00.


Birsay Outdoor Centre

The Centre has 5 bedrooms and 26 beds in total.

On the first floor are:

  • 'Brough Head' for 4 (2 bunkbeds).
  • 'Oxtro' for 2  (1 bunkbed) with en-suite washbasin and shower.  Views over Brough of Birsay.

On the ground floor are:

  • 'Barony' for 6 (3 bunkbeds).
  • 'Marwick' for 10 (5 bunkbeds).
  • 'Lower Palace' for 4 (2 bunkbeds) with en-suite washbasin and shower.

All bed linen is provided. There is access to the Hostel all day once check in is complete. Each guest has their own key to access the hostel.

The Centre has a well equipped kitchen, dining area, small lounge and drying room.

Camping and Caravan Site

In total there are 20 pitches and 10 electric hook-up points. There is a toilet and shower block on site, where guests will also find washing facilities. For our disabled guests the disabled toilet and shower, within the Centre, is available for use.

Dogs are permitted on the site.


Charges for all council services can be obtained from the Council Charges page available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Further Information

For further information on hostel and campsite bookings, please call Education, Leisure and Housing on 01856873535 extension 2430 or email.


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