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The Shore
Ranked #10 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We turned up without booking in advance. Very helpful and friendly reception. We found our room was very nice and the bed was really comfortable. Had a great nights sleep. We had a bar meal which was good value for money and served promptly even though the staff were busy. Good breakfast choice with smoked haddock, or a full Scottish available in addition to the usual continental style.
Well positioned in the middle of Kirkwall

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Tim C
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Thank you. We are pleased that you found your room comfortable and that your evening meal and breakfast were of a hign standard. Also good hear that the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Shore is a real treasure in Kirkwall. A wonderful band of welcoming staff, comfortable, spacious rooms with excellent breakfasts and dinners. Dinner in both the lounge bar and restaurant were superb, tasty and generous portions. Great location rigjht on the seafront and seconds away from the winding pedestrian street of shops that makes Kirkwall, quite unique. Plenty of parking closeby. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Many thanks for all of your compliments about the staff, rooms and food. It is good to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We spent a week here while exploring neolithic sites, Scapa Flow, and the Orkney Science Festival. Friendly and helpful staff. Room was clean, efficient. Good food in restaurant and pub. Negatives: marginal wifi in room (strong in restaurant and pub).

Room Tip: Don't let them put you in room 17 or 18 (where we were) -- right above the bar and noise/music b...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you for letting us know that yopu enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the rooms clean and comfortable. It is good to know that the wifi is good in the public areas. Thank you for letting us know that the wifi strenght wasn't so strong in room 17. We got boosters put in fairly recently to cover that room but I will check to see if there is anything else that we can do to improve the reception.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is a nice comfortable and friedly hotel with a great restaurant attached. Nice atmosphere to relax in after a day of exploring the island. Good location too. A great thing about the online booking system is you know exactly what room you are booking.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I go to Kirkwall for work a few times a year and I always try to stay at this hotel. The food is marvellous, the atmosphere in the bar great and the accommodation is lovely. The rooms vary in size but all are a decent size and the wee extras are lovely - I never have to pack a bathrobe!

Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Stayed here for three nights including my birthday :-)
We found it a lovely place with large bedroom (complete with fluffy robes) and most comfortable bed. Unfortunately the shower was positively dangerous for we were unable to get anything other than scolding water! We did call the staff for this but it needed a plumber.
The food whilst basically Scottish pub food was cooked to a high standard and was enjoyed.
Yes, we would definitely stay again (but pity about the Orkney weather whilst we were there!).

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2012

Thank you for your kind words. While we can't change the weather, we can make changes to the shower! We have plans to upgrade the shower in the large room that you stayed in soon. It is good to know that you enjoyed your time at The Shore.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Nice and clean. Very friendly when we arrived at midnight! Tiny, but efficient bathroom with tiny but decent shower (NOT a given in the U.K. even now!). Biscuits and tea in room a nice touch. Wi-fi never managed to work, but TV worked great. Breakfast was so-so and a bit slow, but in the evening the bar was friendly and had an excellent local cask conditioned ale on while we were there. Would happily stay there again.

Room Tip: Top floor front gets you a tiny view of the harbor.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Karen C, Owner at The Shore, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2012

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. I have noted your comment about breakfast. My husband went in to review our offer and speed of service this morning and I hope that you will note some tweaks to what we offer if you get a chance to come back again. The Orkney real ales are good. Definitely worth coming back for!

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Additional Information about The Shore

Address: Shore Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range: $111 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Shore 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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