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Birsay Hostel and Campsite

Orkney Islands Council Hostels and Campsites COVID-19 Information

April 2021 Update – Following the latest Scottish Government announcement on 13 April on the easing of level 3 restrictions to allow non-essential travel from 26 April, we have now opened up online bookings from 26 April.

Birsay Campsite will reopen on 1 April (subject to current Scottish Government restrictions at the time) but the Hostel will remain closed to the public for the 2021 season. The capacity of the campsite has been greatly reduced and all guests staying at our sites must understand our terms and conditions and follow the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place for the protection and safety of all staff and visitors. Please refer to the ‘Campsites - Frequently Asked Questions’ which is available in the ‘Related Downloads’ section on this page.

Thank you for your co-operation and patience at this time.

Birsay Hostel.

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


"Perfect for a local staycation, the campsite is clean with toilets and shower facilities, there is also access to a kettle, sink and microwave in the hostel porch which is very useful.

My children like staying here as there is a big playpark and football pitch next door. Birsay village is a 10-15 minute walk and has the Palace ruins to explore, a small shop and the beach, at low tide you can also head over to the Broch of Birsay (keep an eye on the tide!) or you can go on a coastal walk to the whalebone. Would return and would recommend." - 20 April 2021.


Birsay Hostel, Orkney, KW17 2LY.

Opening Times

The Hostel is normally open April to September. Out of season booking may be available by arrangement for large bookings. 

Check-in time: between 19:00 and 21:00.

Departure time: 10:00.


There are 28 pitches available with 13 electric power hook-ups but due to COVID-19 capacity has been reduced. The site has accessible facilities and has toilet and shower facilities on site.

Please note there is no chemical waste disposal currently available at this site. Campers are able to dispose of waste at the Orkney Campsite (charges apply) or Point of Ness Campsite (free of charge).



Availability and Bookings

We would encourage members of the public to use the online booking system as telephone and email bookings will incur an additional admin charge.

By using the CampStead Ltd website 'Book Now' button you confirm that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Birsay Hostel.

Further Information

If you require any further information or need assistance making a booking, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Services using the details below.

Telephone: 01856873535.

Email: Stromness Customer Services.

Stromness Customer Services opening hours are available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Please review the 'Campsites - Frequently Asked Questions' which is available in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions are available in PDF format from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.

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Related Links

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School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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