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Mill of Eyrland
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Reviewed August 1, 2007

We stayed 4 days here, and it was really lovely. We had the bedroom with the four poster bed and the sound of the mill stream coming through the window. There was a large table for everyone to sit around and get to know each other. We were not use to that but it was lovely we met some interesting people and had lovely conversations, one morning poor old Morag was waiting for us to leave.

For evening meals, try the Indian in the main street in Kirkwell think its something like Dil S.., the chipshop in Stromness for your fish supper there are seats by the tourist office. Also Julia's bistro (closes at 5.30) the orkney fudge cheesecake (to die for).
The restaurant at Scara Brae was lovely but not open in the evening. Most evening meals are to be found in the hotels it seems.

If you are going to Hoy to see the Old Man, strong walking boots, takes about hour and half one way, but well worth it. We took the car across as it was only £32 so we could then do the walk, and see the Scapa Flow museum, if you go pedestrian (£12 return).
you will only be able to do one thing. We suggest you take the 10am ferry and come back about 4.30. Leaving it later may mean you wont do all the walk. The other thing is if its a busy holiday period you may have to book the ferry in advance. We were there in July and we booke the day before and had the last place on the 10 ferry and the last place on the 4.30 one.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank shans
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Reviewed August 26, 2005

Very good Accomodation, Had top floor to ourself with two children sleepiing in a separate bedroom and a separate living room area for ourselves. Very clean apart from en suite shower which was showing age and mould. Owner state that the rooms are to be revamped for next season. Breakfast is taken around a large tbale with other guests. It was interesting to listen to other persons tales. The breakfast was of a very good standard, full scottish with cereals and fruit available. For very good cheap food can't beat the Fish andChip van that parks up in Stromness in the evening which locals use . Orkney is very good for iron age sites

  • Stayed: August 2005
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7  Thank pjszms
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Reviewed August 19, 2005

We stayed here for three nights in early August 2005.

The old mill has been succesfully converted into an interesting and comfortable B&B.

We were a bit non-plussed to arrive in the late afternoon and find the place apparently deserted, so we left a suitcase, went away and returned around 90 minutes later. Apparently the door bell wasn’t working, we were told by the proprietor. So why not fix it rather than inconvenience guests and waste their time?
Similarly he knew the extractor fan in our bathroom was not functioning correctly but was not going to repair until the end of the season.
He was also aware that guests, other than us, had had a problem, which I mentioned as we left, with the dual flush loo.
Why didn’t he tell guests as they arrived or provide a notice in the bathroom rather than wait for the handle to be broken or guests to have to tolerate an ineffective flush?

Two nights were spent in a rather small though nicely decorated room with a private bathroom down the corridor and the final night in a very comfortable suite with four poster, chaise longe etc. (but see note above about bathroom deficiencies).

Breakfast was provided with all ten or so guests at one communal table. This worked really well and gave the opportunity to talk to interesting people and share experiences about what was worth seeing in the area.
There was an excellent choice of cereals, jams and fruits though only only bacon, eggs, tomatoes etc was available as a cooked breakfast (no kippers or other fish). Poached eggs were sometimes overcooked.

The accomodation undubtedly offers excellent value.

The proprietor’s recommendation of a place to eat good food, which we followed one night, did not coincide with mine.
For food in Orkney we can recommend the excellent Foveran on the Kirwall Orphir road, and also the Hamnavoe restaurant at Stromness and the Indian Garden in Kirkwall.
We also ate at the highly rated (Rick Stein, Will Self) Creel resataurant at St. Margaret's Hope which, in my view, did not reach the standard of the Foveran food (accompaniments overpowered the delicate flavours of the fish) and the service did not come close.
We wished we'd eaten at the Foveran on the other nights when we got pretty poor fare elsewhere in Orkney.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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7  Thank jokskot
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled solo
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