About The Cottage

The Cottage is in the grounds of Kierfiold House.  Kierfiold House was built in 1852 by the eighth laird of Skaill as a house for the Breckness estate. The cottage was originally the coach house.

The cottage is located 1/4 mile north of Skaill Loch and approx 1 mile from Skara Brae in West Mainland.  

What Visitor Say

"Bliss.  I love falling asleep to the plaintive cry of oystercatchers.  And I have seen seals and a pair of red-throated divers!  Perfect spot, lovely cottage." Hilary and Andy

"Very comfortable and well equipped cottage.  Wonderful week, loved the rugged coastline, especially Yesnaby, Bay of Skaill, Marwick Head and Brough of Birsay.  Great walking areas!  Brown trout biting at Loch Harray – what a bonus!"  Sandra and Bruce

"We had a lovely holiday.  The cottage is so comfortable and welcoming that we didn’t want to go out.  So well equipped and very, very clean - a joy to stay in. We will return." Caroline and Alan

"We had the best holiday ever in your beautiful cottage; we were so comfortable there and had everything that we needed and some!" 

"We join your growing list of very happy guests!  Many thanks for providing such a comfortable, well equipped place to come back to at the end of some very wet and windy days!  Orkney is delightful - we loved the art, the archaeology and the friendliness of everyone that we met." Rob and Anna.

"An excellent stay and feeling very much at home that it is hard to leave.  Cottage is first rate, warm and comfortable with everything one needs." Janet and Ian

Getting to the Orkney Islands.

By Sea.  Car and passenger ferries go from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness and Gill’s Bay (near John O’Groats) to St Margaret’s Hope.  The first two routes are operated by Serco/Northlink Ferries and the route to St Margaret’s Hope by Pentland Ferries. In addition, there is a passenger-only ferry from John O’Groats to South Ronaldsay.

The most convenient car ferry for the cottage is the Scrabster to Stromness route ssimply because we are located only 7 miles from Stromness.  Serco Northlink operate three crossings per day each way in the high season (weather permitting) and the crossing time is 1˝ hours.  Some of our guests prefer the Gill’s Bay to St Margaret’s Hope route because the crossing is shorter and some of the route is more protected from the rougher storms.  The disadvantage is that St Margaret’s Hope is about 30 miles from the cottage, but there is lots to see on the way including the Churchill Barriers.

By Air.  You can fly to Kirkwall from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Wick.  The schedules can be found at the Loganair website.   Hire cars are available in Orkney and can be delivered to the airport for you.

The Cottage at Kierfiold House – Terms and Conditions for Holiday Lets.

We ask that you accept the following terms and conditions.

Arrival and Departure: Contractually the cottage will be available from 4pm on day of arrival and should be left in a clean condition not later than 10am on the day of your departure.   The cottage will have been serviced prior to your arrival and will be serviced after you leave. However, cleaning materials are provided and it would be appreciated if you would leave the cottage in a clean and tidy condition.

Booking: When you make a booking and payment a letter or email confirming the dates and times of your holiday will be sent to you. Booking and payment is considered to be the establishment of a legal contract. We do not accept bookings from third parties including agencies.  Your booking is valid for the period that you have booked and you agree to vacate the cottage at the end of the period booked. We cannot accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18.

Cancellation by you: We understand that circumstances change and emergencies occur. If you are unable to come and have to cancel, we will do our best to let the cottage for the week of your booking.  If you cancel more than 30 days from the start date of your holiday, we will not bill you for the balance of your payment, but you will forfeit your deposit unless we can re-let.  If you cancel within 30 days, you will be liable for the full amount of the holiday; we will, however attempt to re-let.  If we are successful, we will make a full refund. 

Cancellation by us: For conditions beyond our control, we reserve the right to cancel a booking in the event of extreme weather conditions, fire damage, repossession, terrorism, war or any other extenuating circumstance, or if we cannot provide safe accommodation for you for any reason. In any of these very unlikely circumstances your full payment will be returned to you.  We cannot accept liability or responsibility for any form of loss, including consequential loss, caused by our cancellation.

Breakages and damage: You must agree to make good and breakages or damage that you incur during your stay at the cottage.

Pets: We don't accommodate pets

Smoking: The cottage is a strictly ‘No Smoking’ area

Occupancy: When you book the cottage, it is for an agreed number of people.
What's included in your booking charge: Electricity is included in the price. We provide bed linen and towels in the standard rental price for two guests, if we agree to any additional guests there is a charge of £10 per guest to cover the cost of the additional laundry. 

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