Local Area Information

New Holland Cottage is ideally situated for exploring Mainland Orkney and the Outer Isles are easily reached by sea and air from Kirkwall. Most locations on the Mainland and Connected Isles are within forty minutes drive from the house and Kirkwall is a fifteen minute drive.

Deerness boasts some of the best Coastal Walking on the islands:


Archaeology and Neolithic Orkney:


The Italian Chapel:


Orkney Whisky Distilleries:

highland park

scapa whisky

There are many good options for eating and drinking in Kirkwall , we highly recommend the following :


the kirkwall hotel

Other locations for great food and drink:

the orkney brewery quoyloo

skerries bistro  south ronaldsay

the ferry inn stromness

the sands hotel burray

the merkister hotel harray loch

Please note it is advisable to phone ahead to check availability and book.

Great fish and chips at the Harbour Fry or Willows in Kirkwall or it is well worth the trip to the car park in Finstown for the Peedie Chippie on a Friday evening 4pm - 8.30pm.

We love to cook at home when in Orkney, our self catering shopping recommendations are :

Deerness Stores is a 10 - 15 minute walk away and open every day until 7pm. Stocking a large range of household goods and Orkney produce including local meat, fish, eggs, bread, cakes and seasonal vegetables. The stores are also an off license stocking a good range of wines and beers including Orkney beers and spirits.

In Kirkwall you can find excellent Orkney produce at The Brig delicatessan , Argos bakery and Donaldsons butchers. You can buy health and wholefoods at William Shearer and Bruce's Stores is our favourite general grocer in town.  There's a co-op on the street that's open until 10pm every night and also a Lidl and a Tesco on Pickaquoy Road.