Kirkwall Youth Hostel is a friendly and welcoming hostel close to the historic town and beautiful 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral.
A former World War Two base and school hostel, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is located in a quiet location on the edge of the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall.
The youth hostel is a popular choice with groups, individuals and families looking for budget accommodation. There are good facilities including family and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a large drying room and laundry facilities.
Orkney is a Neolithic treasure trove, and Kirkwall Youth Hostel is a superb base for exploring its historic sites. Many attractions, like Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Kirkwall Cathedral and The Ring of Brodgar are a short distance away. The youth hostel is only a mile away from historic Scapa Flow and a lovely beach.
Ferries leave the harbour regularly for many Northern Isles. Please note: Kirkwall Youth Hostel is closed between 10.00am - 5.00pm daily. If arriving on a late ferry, please let the hostel/reservations team know in advance so we can make sure we are there to greet you.
If you are looking for large group accommodation or holiday cottages then we have locations across Scotland perfect for groups and family gatherings on a budget. See below for availability or click here for more information and to enquire.
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- Fully Booked
- Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance
Food and Drink
- Groups meals service Conti Breakfast Only
- Individual meals service Conti Breakfast Only
- Self-catering kitchen
- Bike store
- Distance to nearest shop 0.5 miles
- Drying room
- Family friendly
- Private rooms available
- Total beds 56
- WiFi access (FREE)
- Lounge/TV room
- Distance to airport 3 miles
- Distance to bus stop 0.5 miles
- Distance to ferry 2.5
- Parking nearby (free/charges apply) free
Open April to September
Tel: 01856 872 243
Hostel Opening Times: 8:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00. Please note the youth hostel is closed 10:00 - 17:00
Reception Opening Times: 8:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
Exceptions for later arrivals can be made, please contact youth hostel directly to arrange.
For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.
Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our youth hostels.
Tel: +44 (0) 1856 872 243
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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.
Kirkwall Youth Hostel currently holds a Silver award for Green Tourism. To read more about SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Sustainability Charter, please click here. There are some quick and easy ways that you can make a difference and help us achieve our Green Tourism goals - to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out more, please click here.
We encourage our guests to use public transport where possible when travelling to our youth hostels – please see travelinescotland.com to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then sustrans.org.uk has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.