Fodor's Expert Review Merkister Hotel

A965, Harray, Birsay, Orkney Islands, KW17 2LF, Scotland

Popular with anglers, this family-run hotel overlooks the gentle lap of Loch Harray—its experienced ghillies (guides) know the choicest spots and provide instruction for novices. Left your rod at home? You can rent all the equipment you need, including boats. The comfortable, if old-fashioned, rooms encourage a good night's sleep after a hard day on the water. Skerries, the hotel's restaurant, serves superior Scottish cuisine that includes local seafood and Aberdeen Angus beef reared within a 10-mile radius. The hotel is 11 miles from Kirkwall.

PROS

  • endless coffee in the lounge and library
  • notable restaurant
  • fishing experts

CONS

  • some small rooms
  • dated decor
  • bar can get crowded

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01856-771366

HOTEL DETAILS

16 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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