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Merkister Hotel

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Harray KW17 2LF, Scotland
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have visited Orkney many times for bird watching but it was the first visit for my wife so I took her to the best in Orkney and Merkister House is it. We had an excellent suite no 1 which I would recommend for the size, location and view. Outstanding!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice stay with a comfortable room and wonderful food. The staff were friendly and helpful. I was even allowed to charge my electric car there overnight. Surrounding countryside and views from the hotel are spectacular, especially if you are there for the wildlife. Not far from the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness. A very good place to... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful stay in the Merkister (again). Given the relatively small catchment area they have to recruit from, they do a wonderful job. Everyone of the staff was incredibly friendly, attentive & informative. Special thanks to Shaun & Cheri. But this time the gold award has to go to John for his advice, loan of flies and company. Thanks one and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay anywhere else and you will be much happier. We booked one of their most expensive rooms and there was no shower. We were told to go to the bathroom down the hall for a shower. If you want a washcloth you need to bring your own as "washcloths are not provided." This was the only place during our two-week... More 

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Alloa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly family run hotel with very helpful and polite staff. Hotel and rooms clean and comfortable with a nice relaxing atmosphere all over. Great view of loch from some of the rooms and rooms spacious and comfortable. En suite shower room was modernised and good power from shower. Food was of a very high standard and always freshly cooked with... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently enjoyed a 2-week stay at the Merkister for the fourth year running, so they must be doing something right! The family-run hotel is centrally-placed on Orkney Mainland so everywhere is within easy reach. The rooms are comfortable, the restaurant is fabulous and the hospitality is first-class. The setting beside Harray Loch with views across to the hills of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were part of a local tour group and stopped here for lunch. The hotel is quaint but comfortable. We ate in the dining room and the lunch was delicious. Our guide said this is a very popular restaurant for the locals in Orkney. We did not see any of the hotel rooms, but enjoyed, lunch in the lovely dining... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very pleasant stay at the Merkister which is situated on the banks of the loch. Our room overlooked the water and we could watch the fishermen on the banks until late into the evening, just not sure how many fish they caught but they seemed to be enjoying it. We had booked dinner,bed and breakfast and it... More 

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Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We were given a most spacious room for 2 with a bath. The food was really fresh and delicious and the staff are as friendly as those where we both live in Yorkshire. They made us feel welcome and it was like sharing their family home with our group of 16 walkers. Breakfast was served from 7.45am which is rather... More 

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Trefnant
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had a very pleasant stay at the Merkister for our week of walking and wildlife watching. The hotel is beautifully situated on the banks of Loch Harry, it is clean with good facilities, however some of the rooms including ours are in need of modernisation. The staff were welcoming and friendly. The food was excellent, a good choice was... More 

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