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Merkister Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 16 hotels in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
Michelleinshetland Sumburgh, United Kingdom
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sumburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Merkister Hotel for a couple of bar suppers with our daughter on our trip to Orkney earlier this month. The food, as always, was outstanding. My husband and I both had the Orkney Gold Beef and Ale Pie with a huge side order of veg. It was absolutely mouth watering. So good. The meat just melt in... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We decided to take an impromptu trip on the ferry and after driving around the island for a couple of hours, we asked a local resident where we could get something to eat and were pointed in the direction of the Merkister. We ended up booking into this hotel for the night and were not disappointed. We were shown a... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the meal here - and lots of choice for vegetarians. I had the nut roast, which was moist and tasty. The accompanying vegetables were good as well. The cauliflower soup was lovely and very creamy. Well worth a visit. It was nice to sit and look at the loch during the meal.

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woodsetts
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have recently returned from our trip to Orkney where we spent the weekend. The hotel is beautiful and comfortable, and the staff are welcoming and lovely. We had breakfast each day which was superb, we had a choice of foods and nothing was too much trouble if we wanted to change anything. The evening meal was lovely and just... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Our first ever visit to the Orkney isles was for a rather sad occasion, but we found the staff at the Merkister hotel to be very warm friendly and welcoming. the hotel is very homely and cosy with the added luxury of electric blankets on the bed !! The views across loch Harray are outstanding and very beautiful as is... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stopped by at the Merkister last August while on a private shore excursion. Our guide had recommended that the Orkney crab sandwiches were to die for. I must say that they were delicious. Great cozy little pub/restaurant that does healthy portions of delicious Orkney food.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We`ve just returned from a fantastic weekend staying at the Merkister. We couldn`t have asked for anymore from our wonderful hosts, Lorna, John and Jacqueline. The staff at the Merkister couldn`t do enough for you and each and every one of them served us with a smile on their face. The food was outstanding and everything was cooked to order.... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The was the first time I had traveled to Orkney and I found the Merkister hotel through the Scottish tourist website for Orkney. I always look through reviews and look at both good and bad. The Merkister had a few bad reviews but who doesn't? When you are dealing with the public....well. Let me tell you the outstanding treatment and... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We recently spent a lovely week at the Merkister. From the initial friendly welcome we were not disappointed. The hotel is perfectly placed to explore the island. It is only a short drive to all of the pre-historic sites such as Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar (which we could see from our room), Maeshowe and so on. The staff... More

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Although we stay in many hotel nights per year ,this is the place we look forward to !! I have NEVER left a review for any hotel before but this one is overdue !! My wife and I bumped into this hotel I think nine years ago and have returned every year since . Comfortable rooms ,nice bar , amazing... More

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Additional Information about Merkister Hotel

Also Known As:
Merkister Hotel Mainland
Merkister Hotel Orkney Islands/Mainland
Address: Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 hotels in Mainland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, Overlooing the Hills of Hoy. Spectaluar Views. Family Run Country House Hotel. Hotel features, Residents Lounge, Conservatory, Public Lounge Bar serving extensive Bar Lunch and Supper Menus and our Award winning Skerries Restaurant serving only the best local Beef, Lamb, Crab, Fish etc...etc... ... more   less 
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