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Birsay Hostel and Campsite

February 2021 Update – Following the latest Scottish Government announcement on 23 February of level 3 restrictions extending until end of April we have disabled bookings for the months of March and April, and any booking requests during this time must be requested direct via telephone or email. This is to ensure we are carrying out an authorisation process in line with the current restrictions in place prior any booking being confirmed.

Birsay Hostel and campsite

Orkney Islands Council Hostels and Campsites COVID-19 Information

Birsay Campsite* will reopen on 1 April and the Hostel will remain closed to 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 see the ‘Campsites - Frequently Asked Questions’ - available in the ‘Related Downloads’ section on this page.

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

*subject to current Scottish Government restrictions at the time.

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


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 or Point of Ness Campsite.



  • Caravan / Motorhome / Large Tents with electric - £21.40 per night.
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Large Tents - £17.20 per night.
  • Medium Tents - £13.90 per night.
  • Small Tents - £9.00 per night.
  • Awnings - £5.70 per night.
  • Adults - £7.60 per person.
  • Children (Under 18) - £4.50 per child.

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.Aerial photo of Birsay Centre.

Birsay Hostel and Campsite.

Good to Go logoIf 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 see the 'Campsites - Frequently Asked Questions' - available in the 'Related Downloads' section on this page.

Terms and Conditions

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

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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