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Brekkan Cottage

Near Stromness, Orkney

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Brekkan Cottage is a 200 year old, detached cottage that holds the title of being the most northerly of all of our properties! It sits in a pretty enclosed garden to the north of West Mainland Orkney, 14 miles from the ferry port at Stromness.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi

Inside it has been fully modernised and now offers warm, comfortable accommodation set in a convenient location for exploring the delights of Orkney. The inviting sitting room has a wood-effect fire and lovely views out towards Costa Hill and the sea beyond and the spacious, modern kitchen is the ideal place to gather for relaxed family meals.

The two attractive bedrooms, a double and a twin, are all on one level and both have built-in wardrobes providing useful storage. A contemporary family bathroom with a bath and shower over completes the indoor accommodation and is kept nice and toasty by underfloor heating.

Outside, off road parking is in the gravelled area right beside the door and once the gate is shut the grassed garden is fully enclosed so it is perfect for children and pets to run around and play in safely. You can see the sea off on the horizon from the garden and there is a shed that provides secure storage for bikes, etc.

Map & Local

The Orkney Isles are an archipelago made up of a total of 70 different islands. Most visitors travel over to the islands by ferry, although there is an international airport in Kirkwall. The ferry crossing from Scrabster in Caithness arrives into Stromness and takes about 90 minutes.

As it is so far north Orkney is one of the best places to see the impressive Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. They have previously been spotted right above the cottage, so in the right conditions you may well be lucky enough to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon.

Just 5 minutes’ walk along the road from the cottage is the Swannay Brewery where you can pick up some award-winning beers. Fishing is available on Loch of Swannay and bikes can be hired (in Stromness) for exploring the quiet roads around the island and admiring the expansive landscape, that is particularly noticeable due to the lack of trees.

The parish of Birsay (3 miles) has a tea room and a small PO/grocery shop selling local produce. There is also a lovely sandy beach where you can see the Birsay whalebone standing up on the cliff that is said to date way back to when a Baleen whale washed up on the shore in the 1870s.

If you are a history enthusiast you are spoilt for choice with historic sites to visit including Skara Brae Neolithic village (9 miles), the Ring of Brodgar stone circle (11.5 miles), the Standing Stones of Stenness (12.5 miles) and the Maeshow chambered cairn (13 miles).

Bird watchers flock to the islands as they are on the flight path of thousands of migrating birds and there are several RSPB sites to visit. The cliffs along the coastline are home to countless seabird colonies and you may even spot puffins or short eared owls on your travels.

Stromness (14 miles) is the nearest town where you will find a supermarket, swimming pool, golf course and an interesting museum detailing local history. Boat hire is available for sea fishing or for diving/snorkelling expeditions out to Scapa Flow where you can explore some of the fascinating WW1 ship wrecks. On the way to Stromness it is also well worth stopping to marvel at the substantial Yesnaby sea stack (11.5 miles).

The capital Kirkwall (19.5 miles) is a central hub for the ferry trips that run out to some of the outer islands of the archipelago – these are ideal for day trips as you can just jump on as a foot passenger (bikes go free).

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.



Single Storey

Sitting room with electric wood-effect fire and TV (Freesat)/DVD
Kitchen/dining room with electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Utility room with washing machine
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels
Travel Cot


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating and electric wood-effect fire (INCLUDED). Satellite broadband is provided for email checking and general web browsing only and should not be used for large downloads or high bandwidth applications (such as Skype, YouTube, Netflix, iPlayer/video streaming, etc). Due to the nature of the service, there is a data allowance of 4GB per week. Data usage is checked on departure and any additional usage will be charged at £15 per GB. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small). No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Fri

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Fri

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
01 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £345.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £565.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £565.00
06 Jan 2020 - 06 Feb 2020 POA
07 Feb 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 POA
03 Apr 2020 - 23 Apr 2020 POA
24 Apr 2020 - 07 May 2020 POA
08 May 2020 - 21 May 2020 POA
22 May 2020 - 28 May 2020 POA
29 May 2020 - 25 Jun 2020 POA
26 Jun 2020 - 27 Aug 2020 POA
28 Aug 2020 - 17 Sep 2020 POA
18 Sep 2020 - 08 Oct 2020 POA
09 Oct 2020 - 29 Oct 2020 POA
30 Oct 2020 - 17 Dec 2020 POA
18 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 POA
28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 POA
06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Great place to explore Orkney.


Cottage was immaculate and exactly as advertised.


The cottage was ideal for us. It was spacious, warm, draught free (very important on Orkney), comfortably furnished and ...

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Weather and scenery beautiful. A great relaxing get away.


Excellent location and stocked with every possible item for my stay.


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