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“Excellent position, clean and comfortable” 4 of 5 stars
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Polrudden Guest House
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Pickaquoy Rd., Kirkwall KW15 1UH, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Kirkwall
Bournemouth, England
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22 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Excellent position, clean and comfortable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This guesthouse is close to Kirkwall Quay with a view of the sea but far enough away from the main road to be quiet. The bedroom and en-suite were clean and comfortable. Breakfast was very good too. Pleasant and welcoming owners.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Inbhir Nis
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

Just back home after a two night stay in Kirkwall and would happily recommend the Polrudden Guest House to anyone looking for a quiet friendly spot to lay their head. It's about 5 minutes walk from the centre of town and run by Linda who strikes a nice balance between being friendly without being too overbearing. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the beds were comfy ... maybe too comfy, I was nearly late for breakfast! The cooked breakfast was spot on and supplied with a seemingly endless amount of toast which set me up for the day ahead. It's a bit austere from the exterior but to be fair most properties on Orkney are. They're built to withstand the weather rather than look pretty. The warmth of the locals offset this though!

It's in an ideal place to explore the town, handy for pubs and shops and with more than adequate parking.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gwynedd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

we stayed here one night,it was clean ,comfortable and quiet, tea and coffee provided but only enough for two cups for our overnight stay.Breakfast was uninspired but she did provide us with a soem tinned friut salad and cereal as we were up earlier than her to catch the ferry.The experience that marred our visit was my leaving a pair of expensive glasses in a case in the room, despite having our details the proprietor made no effort to contact me to return them and cheerly explained she had binned them after keeping them for approx three weeks.I feel this was unfrortunately an act that illustrated a lack of goodwill towards her customers..

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

We booked Polrudden for 6 nights as a base to explore Orkney and paid 60GBP per room per night B&B.

The guest house is fairly large and the right balance of friendly helpfulness with a personal touch and anonymity! Linda, the proprietor was really flexible as we arrived late in the evening and also went back there for a night after our trip to Shetland. It was no trouble to leave our car in the carpark for a few days and the fact we didn't arrive back from Shetland til midnight was not a problem.

The rooms are a decent size, light, modern and spotlessly clean. The breakfast was at a time to suit us, with an excellent selection of cooked, cereals, muesli, yogurts and fresh fruit salad, which we loved!!

Polrudden Guest House is a very pleasant 5-10 minute walk along the shore to Kirkwall town centre and really was ideal for exploring Orkney and great value. We will be back....

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2007

Having spent honeymoon in London and Paris we were looking for something or somewhere different to finish it off and this was perfect.

We left Inverness at 0700hrs and travelled to John O'Groats by bus, then took the passenger ferry over to Orkney then on to Kirkwall through some spectacular scenery.

Polrudden Guest House is a wee walk (7 mins) from the centre of Kirkwall but well worth it. The landlady was very welcoming and the room was decorated beautifully with en-suite facilities. The breakfast the following morning was hearty and more than set us up for our tour round the island, by bus. When drive yourself when you can be driven?

I would tell anyone going to Kirkwall to stay here!! And to take the bus tour round the island, you really see so much more. Skarra Brae, Scappa Flow, Churchill Barriers, Standing Stones, and The Italian Chapel. The bus driver gives a running comentary on the trip which is great, but it must get boring for the locals as this is a service bus.

We visited Highland Park Distrillery but they were going through their 'quiet' period so there wans't much happening but they still charged full price = which I thought was a bit much (being Scottish I expect value for money, and this wasn't really!) But still interesting enough.

Preferred the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam. Now that really was value for money.

  • Liked — The breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

I stayed at Polrudden for three nights in April and it was a great experience.

The location is excellent, a short walk from the city centre, but away from any noise. Very peaceful grounds and pleasant garden.

To greet you outside (along with Linda) was a very sweet cream retriever and an equally sweet black kitty! A plus for any traveller missing their own pets. For those with pet allergies, these animals do not enter the guest part of the house, so you have no worries there.

The room sizes were good and the en-suite baths as well. Tea-making and television in the rooms, with access to the internet in the guest lounge. Views from the front are across the water to the ton and from the back, across the garden to a pastured hill.

Breakfast was plentiful and served by Linda with a smile!

All in all an excellent option to a hotel stay and I would hightly recommend Polrudden for anyone wanting clean, friendly and quiet accommodation in Kirkwall!

  • Liked — The peaceful location.
  • Disliked — Unfortunately, I had a room with twin beds, but that was not the fault of the guest house.
  • Stayed April 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Polrudden Guest House

Address: Pickaquoy Rd., Kirkwall KW15 1UH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
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Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Polrudden Guest House Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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