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Kirkwall Youth Hostel Hostel

Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Kirkwall, Scotland

83% Overall Rating 24 out of 34 customers would recommend this property based on 34 reviews

Atmosphere 80%

Cleanliness 88%

Facilities 78%

Location 73%

Safety 90%

Staff 94%

Value 79%

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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Adaptors
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Washing machine

Important Information

Hostelling Scotland is a charity aiming to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gain knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery. In support of this aim, all bookings will include a temporary membership fee per person per night which is displayed as an inclusive rate. (Full, existing members of Hostelling Scotland and HI using this booking engine are not entitled to a membership refund).

Kirkwall Youth Hostel reception is open 08.00-10.00 and 17.00-22.00, with check-in from 17.00 and checkout by 10.00. The hostel closes at midnight but late check-in is available if you notify us in advance.

If you plan to travel on the Aberdeen/Lerwick ferry, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so that we can arrange for staff to welcome you.

From the age of 5 to 15 years, young people must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and may be accommodated in a single-gendered shared room with the parent or guardian and other guests, at the discretion and responsibility of the parent or guardian. The young person/people, the parent/guardian and the other occupants of the room must be of the same gender.

Hostelling Scotland advise that additional notice be given to the destination youth hostel when travelling with children, to ensure that suitable accommodation is available. Contact details can be found on your booking confirmation.

Parties with young children (under 5 years) will only be accommodated in designated family rooms, where available. There is no capacity for extra beds or cots in a shared dormitory or private accommodation.

When booking for more than 9 people:
• Full prepayment is required within 8 weeks of arrival as otherwise the booking will automatically be cancelled
• The following cancellation charges will apply to the entire booking:
57 days or more - 20% of total cost
56 to 29 days - 55% of total cost
28 to day of arrival - 100% of total cost

No stag or hen parties are permitted at any youth hostel.

Hostelling Scotland does not accept American Express cards as payment or guarantee.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 17:00

Latest Check-out: 09:30


  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Kirkwall?

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Map and Directions


We are a short walk from the centre of Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland

Northlink Ferries
Scrabster (Thurso) to Stromness: sailing time @1.5 hours
Stromness to Kirkwall is 15 miles
Aberdeen – Kirkwall - Lerwick: sailing time @7 hours
Tel: 0845 6000 449
The Hatston ferry terminal in Kirkwall is about 2.6 miles away, which takes about 35–40mins to walk

Pentland Ferries
Gill’s Bay to St Margaret’s Hope (Orkney): sailing time @1 hour
Tel: 01856 831 226
St. Margaret’s Hope to Kirkwall is 15 miles

Taxi: Craigies 01856-878-787, Bobs 01856-876-543 or CD 01856-875-000

Air: Flybe have regular flights to and from Kirkwall airport to various destinations. Further information at

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