This small comfortable hotel ( I am not sure why it calls itself a " motel" ) is a 5 minute drive from the ferry terminal at St. Margaret's Hope, useful if one is catching the 0745 departure. Continental breakfast is available from 0700.. All bedrooms have a good.. view across the bay. The entrance, rather surprisingly, is from the car park at the rear.. The surroundings on approach are not very attractive, as one passes a large wharehouse or shed, with another one to the back.. Behind the hotel there is a slipway for those wanting to launch a dingy or cannoe.. There is a small sandy beach in front of the hotel
The main feature which remains in my mind is that the helpful and friendly staff were all locals who had worked there for some time, no doubt one of the benefits of remaining open thoughout the year..The evening meal menu was ambitious with locally sourced ingredients, ( we had hand dived scallops and Orkney lamb); many diners were not residents. The wines were reasonably priced , eg £14 to £18 for a bottle..
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- Also Known As:
- Sands Hotel Burray Village
- Sands Motel Burray, Orkney Islands