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'Here where the world is quiet' - Orkney Islands......have to stay there to experience it! Northern lights, Neolithic sites, solitude, wildlife

Birsay, Scotland, United Kingdom

6 Guests   3 Bedrooms   2.0 Bathrooms   Pets welcome  3 Car spaces 

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Exchange type Simultaneous  Non-simultaneous 
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Strathyre, Orkney Isles is a rural family home (main home) with three bedrooms, big kitchen (which was the original 200 year old house with stone flag roof!) large sitting room, bathroom, shower room, utility room with internet, set in over 6 acres of its own land, overlooking a free fishing loch, 2 miles from the shore and ancient Neolithic sites that cover Orkney. Strathyre has all facilities to make your stay comfortable and is a lovely combination of wooden floors and stone walls in many parts.

The space

Our home is set by itself, in its own land 2 miles equidistant from nearest villages and beach. Both villages have shops, pubs, and post office. The biggest towns, both harbour towns have each got their own style, Kirkwall its grand Cathedral and many more shops, eating places, and pubs. Stromness quaint winding streets, craft shops and cafes. Scapa Flow, Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers are all reminders of Orkney's more recent history.

Guest access

One step to enter


For peace, solitude, and beautiful landscapes with sea drifting into land into sky, Orkney is the place to be.

Hair dryer
Bed sheets
Toilet paper
Fire extinguisher
Smoke alarms
First aid kit

House rules
No smoking
Pets welcome
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12


Beaches, ancient monuments, fishing lochs, crafts, and endless light in summer, Northern lights/Aurora Borealis, never mind visiting all the smaller islands all with their own unique identity Additional information The idyllic Orkney Isles lie to the north of Scotland a scenic hour and a half sail away from Scotland. Our home is on the 'mainland" - biggest island, but each and every smaller isle has something unique to offer and are easily accessible by ferry or tiny plane! Orkney has hundreds of ancient monuments, standing stones, tombs etc from Stone Age to Vikings! Bird watching, beach combing, wildlife spotting (seals, whales, puffins), free loch fishing, and discovering traditional crafts and music are what draw people to Orkney year after year. In summer daylight is perpetual, with golf being played at midnight and the light is a photographer and artists/writers dream.

Getting around

Shops etc 5km away in village of Dounby or Birsay

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Scotland and Spain
Joined January 2019
Response rate 100%
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We usually travel with my business partner and often our grown up sons and partners join us especially at Christmas and sometimes main summer holiday. Eldest son lives and works in NYC so often joins if on other side of Atlantic!
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I lead worldwide expeditions for a living with my own company so have travelled to all continents except Antarctica! Have home exchanged 60+ times worldwide

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