Self - Catering Holiday Cottage
orks is a traditional Orkney dwelling house which was completely restored and renovated in 2005 with the addition of two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The main living area takes up the whole of the original cottage with the kitchen and dining area to one end and a multi fuel stove and comfortable seating at the other.
The cottage is floored with recycled oak and has underfloor heating throughout. There is a double bedroom with a 5 ft double bed and a second small bedroom with two full size bunk beds. The bathroom has a shower over the bath, wc and basin. The cottage is equipped with a television, DVD player, radio with CD player; electric cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Corks is in an elevated position in the West Mainland of Orkney with the sea approximately 1 mile to the west and spectacular views from the front of the house over several lochs to the far off Harray hills in the east. It is a very private situation away from the road and totally peaceful except for the call of the birds including curlew, oyster catcher and geese among many others.
If the wind is up the sound of the waves coming into the Fisherman’s Cove can also be heard.
Activites: On this side of the island there are several archaeological sites of World Heritage status – the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the ancient burial mound at Maeshowe amongst others. You are never far from the past in Orkney. A cliff walk at Marwick (10 minutes from the house) has many thousands of nesting sea birds in the early summer including guillemots, razor bills and currently just a few puffins. There is a bird hide just below the cottage on the RSPB Reserve and there are sandy beaches at Skaill Bay and Birsay (both 10 minutes from the house). The Brough of Birsay is a small tidal island reached on foot at low tide where there are remains of both Pictish and Viking settlements. Loch fishing is free and boats can be hired from a couple of the nearly hotels.
Island hopping: other islands in the group are well worth a day trip and can be reached by the regular ferry services.
Shops: there is a good local Co-op 5 miles away in Dounby which stocks just about everything and also an excellent butcher. Kirkwall is 30 minutes drive and Stromness, the main ferry terminal, is 20 minutes drive away.
Arts and crafts: In Stromness the recently extended Pier Art Centre has a very good collection of St Ives paintings together with more recent contemporary art. Silversmiths and other craft studios can be found all over the islands.
Eating out: there are several very good restaurants that specialise in local produce .
View from front door