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Avalon House
Ranked #6 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This purpose-built B&B lacked historic charm, but it made it up for it in comfort, location and helpful hosts. Breakfasts were tasty and bountiful, the rooms were spacious and comfortable. Avalon is within a short drive from Kirkwall, and nothing on the island is more than 30 minutes away by car. The hosts also prepare a daily printout with weather forecasts and tide times for Birsay. Great stay!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Huge rooms (we've even got a cloakroom!), friendly hosts, nice breakfast. Sea view from the window. The only flaw is it's some 15-20 minutes walk from the Kirkwall town center. But I must say B&Bs in Orkneys are scarce anyway! So you either stay in central, but overpriced Kirkwall hotel or walk a distance to this otherwise comfortable place (walk is by the seaside and quite nice, though windy as Orkneys overall).

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great place to stay. The rooms are huge and immaculate. The water pressure in the shower was amazing, always a great find when travelling. The only downside is that it is a good walk from the actual town of Kirkwall but that can be an upside too.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Great accommodation with friendly hosts and excellent breakfasts. The bedrooms are only better appointed by expensive hotels. Plenty has been said in other reviews - so, yes, go there. The only possible negative (or maybe a positive, depending on your needs) is that it is located a significant distance out of Kirkwall - 30 mins walk?

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is an outstanding b&b in Kirkwall! As this is a good 25 minute walk from downtown, we were nervous about our accommodations until we walked through the door. We were immediately welcomed and led into a very spacious guest suite. It was very well appointed, and very quiet. Breakfasts were generous and delicious! Best of all, our lovely hostess did our laundry for us! After a week of hand-washing, that was just priceless!!! We'd love to visit there again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was, hands down, the best accommodation of our 22-day trip to England/Scotland. I cannot say enough good things about Jane and Alistair. They were welcoming, informative, helpful, down-to-earth people.

Their purpose-built B&B was spotless, well-furnished, roomy, had comfy beds and pillows, nice towels, had lots of hot water and great water pressure - we even had a bathtub AND a shower in the family room. Breakfast was made-to-order every morning with lots of choice and locally-sourced foodstuffs.

The location was excellent, just outside of the core of the city, the parking was ample. They are close to the water with great views of the boats coming and going.

They went above and beyond when they drove us to a restaurant just outside of town for a dinner reservation because we had been at Highland Park Distillery for a tasting tour in the afternoon.

We highly recommend Avalon House.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

A superb B & B, spacious, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Breakfasts were delicious and very substantial.Our hosts were very welcoming and gave helpful advice to ensure all their guests got the most out of their stay. We will certainly recommend and return to this wonderful B & B.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Avalon House

Address: Avalon Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
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Ranked #6 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range: $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Avalon House Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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