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Bay Cottage at Skara Brae

Near Stromness, Orkney

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Bay Cottage is a charming, detached cottage set right by the gorgeous beach at Bay of Skaill, less than half a mile from the ancient settlement of Skara Brae on the history steeped Orkney isles.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
Licence No: OR00144F
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • Green Credentials
  • WiFi

What would have originally been a simple croft house has been extended to create a spacious and inviting retreat that makes the very most of its views out to sea and is an ideal base for exploring the islands.

At the heart of the house is the snug sitting room that has a wood-burning stove to keep it nice and toasty. The kitchen is well-equipped for whipping up some culinary delights and it is partly open to the bright dining room where additional seating has been set up by the window to allow guests to take advantage of the wonderful sea views.

All laid out on the one level (apart from one small step in the corridor), the hallway at the back of the cottage leads through to the two attractive and comfortable bedrooms, a colourful double bedroom and a neat twin room. The bedrooms share a chic, modern bathroom that has the luxury of having a large walk-in shower and a lovely claw-footed rolltop bath.

Pretty grassed garden grounds around the cottage extend to several acres and peter off into wild croftland beyond with sea views and stunning sunsets to enjoy.

Map & Local

Skaill Bay’s delightful sandy beach is only 300 metres away so it is just a short stroll across to spend the day enjoying the beach with easy access back to the cottage for meals, etc.

One of the first places to visit is Skara Brae itself that is in easy walking distance just along the road. This fascinating settlement dates back to the late Neolithic period and lay covered over by sand for approximately 4,000 years before it was exposed by storm winds and was later carefully excavated.

Over the years the sand perfectly preserved an amazing amount of the original detail in the eight dwellings with their stone-built furniture that although perhaps not terribly comfortable would certainly have been functional at the time. There is a replica construction that shows detail of how the houses would have looked and the visitor centre has a shop, café and interesting interactive exhibits on the site’s history.

Entry to Skaill House is included on a joint ticket with Skara Brae and it is interesting to tour this 17th century mansion that was home to William G Watt who originally unearthed Skara Brae. At nearby Skaill House Falconry there are captivating bird of prey displays featuring hawks, falcons and owls.

There is a local shop at Quoyloo (1.5 miles) and a small supermarket in Dounby (5 miles) where the Smithfield Hotel has a café menu to choose from during the day and excellent meals with lots of fresh seafood in the evenings.

The ferry across from the mainland arrives into Stromness (7 miles) where there is an 18 hole golf course to try out and a diving centre that offers guided dives out to see the shipwrecks at Scapa Flow. There is also an airport at Kirkwall (17 miles) where car hire is available.

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 wood-burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen with wood-burning stove, electric double oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/drier, microwave etc
Dining room
Double bedroom (king-size)
Twin bedroom (can be zip-linked to make king-size)
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Travel Cot (excluding linen)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric air source heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove. WiFi is INCLUDED. Sorry pets are not accepted. 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: Sat

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: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
30 Mar 2024 - 19 Apr 2024 £695.00
20 Apr 2024 - 03 May 2024 £595.00
04 May 2024 - 24 May 2024 £695.00
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 £850.00
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £695.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £850.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £895.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £695.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £595.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £695.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £495.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £850.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £850.00
06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 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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Bay Cottage is one of the best cottages that we have stayed in (and we only choose high quality accommodation). It was...

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Lovely warm cottage with fantastic views in a very peaceful location. We were met with a very nice welcome pack on arriv...

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We are so pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable time and we look forward to your next booking.

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Excellent, comfortable cottage in a brilliant location to explore Mainland Orkney. Close to Skara Brae and the World He...

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We are so pleased to hear you had such an enjoyable time and do hope that you choose to return again soon.

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Skara Brae is a great location for exploring the west side of mainland, with easy access to all the major sites.

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Thank you for your valued feedback. The owners were very sorry to hear that you found the house a little chilly. The air...

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Beautiful well equipped cottage in a fantastic location. Modern energy efficient property. Very quiet and peaceful.


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