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Merkister Hotel

Harray KW17 2LF Scotland
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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...
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Dot R wrote a review Yesterday
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in suite 2 which overlooked Loch Harray and beyond. It was , quite simply, wonderful. Of course the hotel is still following coronavirus precautions, however as well as being reassured that they were taking all precautions in keeping residents and staff safe , it didn’t detract from our break at all. The food was superb . We had lunch when we arrived, and breakfast and dinner and were never disappointed at all. The ingredients were local, fresh and delicious. Because of COVID restrictions the hotel is not providing a breakfast buffet and asks that breakfast is ordered the night before. This was fine and worked well. All staff were were friendly and couldn’t do enough to make our break very special. Hopefully we’ll be able to return again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: The Garden Suites has wonderful views. For people with limited mobility there is space and the ...
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Bonita_Preacher wrote a review Jun 20
Edinburgh, United Kingdom61 contributions43 helpful votes
The hotel is in a beautiful quiet location beside Loch of Harray. The grounds go right down to the loch. The room was great with French windows leading out onto our private outdoor seating area. What makes the hotel is the staff. They are quietly efficient and willing to go the extra mile to help you. One night because of reduced capacity, we could not get a booking so they brought our meal to our room. My husband has special dietary requirements and this was offered at all meals. Thanks for a great break
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Make sure you get a garden suite.
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Albia-Newton wrote a review Jun 18
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom3619 contributions1158 helpful votes
A nice hotel in a great location The meal service is traditional fare served in a very traditional hotel dining room Good quality fresh food and good service Good value for money One of the best places to eat on Orkney Definitely recommend This was our second time here
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
George S wrote a review May 2021
Northumberland, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
What a gem, stayed a week here in a suite room overlooking the loch & fields with our 2 dogs. The staff were lovely & friendly, nothing was too much trouble and one wouldn’t have known they had only been open again for a day. Highly recommend the suite rooms for a long stay, very comfortable & relaxing.....home from home. The food was excellent. An easy place to stay with dogs. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend a stay.
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Date of stay: May 2021
eshergirl wrote a review May 2021
Esher, United Kingdom48 contributions38 helpful votes
Friendly and welcoming staff made our 4 nights stay at the Merkister a wonderful memory of our visit to Orkney. A beautiful, peaceful location with great views across Harray Loch. Good location for access to the neolithic sites and stunning coastal scenery of Birsay, Yesnaby etc. Lovely restaurant for great breakfasts and dinners. All very Covid secure in an effective but discreet way.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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$101 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Merkister Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Merkister Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Skara Brae (3.9 miles), Yesnaby Cliffs (4.6 miles), and Ness of Brodgar (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Merkister Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Merkister Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Merkister Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Merkister Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Orkney Brewery, Smithfield Hotel Restaurant, and Gerri's Ice Cream Parlour.
Are pets allowed at Merkister Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Merkister Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Skara Brae (3.9 miles), Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (4.1 miles), and Ring of Brodgar (2.9 miles).
Does Merkister Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Merkister Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.