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Merkister Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful menu with lots of variety each day we ate there every night for the 3 nights we were in the Orkneys and the food was fabulous Staff are friendly & welcoming I had the eye fillet steak one night and it literally melted in my mouth The Orkney Fudge cheesecake is to die for :-)

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rooms spotless,very comfortable,views stunning.The cuisine excellent ,staff very friendly.As a base for a fishing holiday,perfect!Whilst enjoying breakfast,one can watch the boats being made ready & engines warmed up.The boats are very comfortable,engines well maintained & reliable. However, such fishing luxury does not come cheap,the boats are expensive with no discount for residents. Ghillie service is available & recommended for any... More

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Lacey, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent a week at the Merkister Hotel while on a weeklong guided tour of the Orkney Islands. We couldn't have been happier with our stay, as the room was clean and comfortable, the service outstanding, and the food absolutely amazing! We very much felt at home, and miss the incredible views of Loch Harray! We will... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very memorable stay at the Merkister--beautiful views, very friendly staff. Rooms and bathrooms were the size expected at a boutique hotel, but very clean. We went straight to the bar for a beer with views overlooking the loch. The locals were very friendly, and we got to sample some of Orkney's great beers that are difficult to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for one night and got a BB plus Evening Meal package. Our room was quite small....and the shower room tiny.... overlooking the back yard, but we chose not to pay extra for a Loch facing room, so were prepared for this. It was clean and the bed was comfortable. Had we been staying longer a bigger, but more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights in late August 2014. We were very lucky with some great weather which always helps. We had our dog with us and chose this hotel because they were dog friendly. We knew we were getting the last room available so we didn't have any choices. The room we were given would have been fine for just... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fishing on the island and had evening meals at the Merkister hotel.Food is excellent and very well priced. Try the localfish and chips. The fish hangs over the plate. Try it you won't be dissapointed.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Merkister is a charming family run hotel with excellent food, friendly and efficient staff in a peaceful location. It is a fishing hotel which welcomes everyone. It is slightly old fashioned but that adds to it's charm.

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Marahau, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On shore of Loch Harray, this is a beautifully positioned hotel. Comfortable rooms, courteous staff, and scrumptious food. Specialising in locally sourced produce, and Orkney beef, aged to perfection. Highly recommended, but popular place so book, ever for lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here with our two dogs (who were made most welcome). The room was slightly old fashioned but that just added to the charm of the place. Everything was spotlessly clean. Staff very friendly and welcoming, excellent food, beautiful views. A thoroughly relaxing place to stay. We will definitely return.

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Address: Harray | Orkney, KW17 2LF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Merkister Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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