Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Birsay, Orkney, is a hamlet on the Mainland of the Orkney Islands. Situated at the extreme North West tip of the mainland of Orkney, this attractive little outpost has been for long a favourite haunt of Orcadian holiday-makers. In this they have followed the inclinations of early Norse bishops, and later of the Scottish occupying earls. In 1580 Earl Robert Stewart attempted to build a holiday residence here in the manner of Falkland Palace in Scotland. It is now in ruins. Birsay is on the coast road round the West mainland that leads the visitor past some striking cliff scenery, notably “Yesnaby Castle”, which is no man-made castle but a columnar cliff cut off from the island by the force of the seas, like the Old Man of Hoy.
Off these western coasts the ship bearing Lord Kitchener to Russia in 1916 was sunk by a German mine. All on board were lost. A square tower marks the place on Orkney opposite which this disaster happened.
Nearby towns: Kirkwall, Lerwick, Thurso
Nearby villages: Finstown, Georth, Redland
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation