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Birsay Hostel and Campsite

Orkney Islands Council Hostels and Campsites COVID-19 Information

March 2022 Update

Our Hoy and Rackwick Hostels are currently open (subject to current Scottish Government restrictions) and are operating at reduced capacity with exclusive room bookings only. Birsay Hostel is open to large groups only and booking enquiries can be made via email or telephone.

The Birsay Campsite will reopen for the season on 1 April 2022 and the Point of Ness Campsite will reopen on 23 May 2022 following an upgrade to facilities.

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 safety of staff and guests.

Further information is available in ‘Campsites – Frequently Asked Questions’ from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.

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: from 14:00.

Departure time: 10:00.


The site has toilet and shower facilities, including accessible facilities. A coin-operated washing machine, dryer and clothes line is available for customer use. Chemical waste disposal facilities available.



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.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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