Links to Many of Orkney's Attractions

The Sands Hotel Burray (Scottish tourist board 4 star small hotel)

The Sands Hotel, originally built as a fish store in 1860, has been recently refurbished and upgraded to provide a high standard of both bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in the Burray village. The imposing building overlooks Burray harbor, Watersound Bay and South Ronaldsay. The village shop and Burray Post Office are just 2 minute's walk away and there is also a garage, 1 mile away is The North Field Farm home to Orkan Adventures who provide such things as Paintball. The Sands Hotel is just 4 miles from the ferry terminal at St Margret's Hope.
B&B Accommodation

Guest accommodation consists of 6 rooms. Four double rooms and two twin rooms. All rooms are spacious and have  en- suite facilities, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and remote control TV. Computer access on request. Regrets no pets can be accepted.

Self - Catering Accommodation

There are 2 self-catering units at the Sands Hotel. Each apartment can sleep 6 people comfortably in 3 twin rooms. There are wash-hand basins in each bedroom and there is a shower in each unit.
There is a combined lounge & kitchen are which is well equipped. Electricity is paid for by coin meter and is extra.

Meals at The Sands Hotel
The Watersound Restaurant Tastefully refurbished with a nautical theme, the Watersound Restaurant offers a full a' la carte menu using local Orkney produce. The restaurant is also a popular venue for many local people. Here you can enjoy Orkney salmon, scallops, crab, lobster and other local fish. Orkney beef is well known for it high quality.

For more information please go to  or E - mail 

                                                        The Sands Hotel
                                                               KW17 2SS
                                                       Tel (01856) 731298



 The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Center ( Burray)

The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre in its restored farm buildings on the Parish of Burray has been a popular attraction in Orkney since it opened in 1993. While Orkney's richness in archaeological sites brings visitors from far and near few knew of the richness of fossils contained in the underlying rocks until this Centre opened.

Glancing around today's Orkney landscape with it undulating hills and surrounding seas gives a misleading impression of the area these fossilised creatures lived in for they lived in a subtropical climate and a vast freshwater lake - Lake Orcadie. These conditions existed in the Devonian period (416 - 359 million years ago). Sediments deposited in the lake formed flagstones and sandstones. These now lie exposed along the Orkney sea cliffs. The lake teemed with life, leaving many fossils, including wonderfully preserved fossilised fish. Cruaday Quarry in the parish of Sandwick provided the basis for the fossil collection. The breadth and quality of the collections are rare and Cruaday quarry is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Around the room in display cabinets are slabs split to reveal the fossils. Weird they appear but adapted to the conditions applying millions of years ago. I will just mention a few here. The Pterichthyodes had its head and shoulders encased in boxes of bone with its eyes and nostrils on the top of its head. Dipterus was a lungfish, which can survive out of the water - there are still three species of lungfish alive today. Tristichopterus also probably had a lung and may have been able to walk on land for short distances.

The social history collection upstairs contains objects used in the everyday life of Orcadians. In a woodworking section I recognised many of the tools my grandfather used. He combined joinery with crofting. A collection of antique cameras made me pause as being a member of a photographic society I have an interest in the subject.

A recreated room showed a typical room in Orkney around the beginning of the 20th-century. A boxed bed allowed total privacy by drawing shutters even though the bed is off the living room. Some recreated rooms showed Orkney in World War II. The islands were home to the Northern Fleet and contained more sailors and troops than civilians at the time. Wartime artefacts still dot the landscape and seabed. There is also a large collection of old photographs and books, which the visitor is free to browse through. They cover both peace and war. As an Orcadian I could have spent hours browsing through these.

The café in the Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre makes a welcome stop for people travelling to or from the car ferry that crosses thrice daily from St Margaret's Hope in South Ronalsay to Gill's bay in Caithness. The café serves coffees, teas, home bakes as well as lunches in pleasant and friendly surroundings.

The Fossil Centre is open seven days a week, 10am - 6pm.


Reviewed by Drever 0n 9/27/2005 from


Seaview Stores ( Burray )
 Stock up on supplies from a local shop.
Orkney Marine-Life Aquarium ( South Ronaldsay)
 Experience Orkney's great sea life .A great visit for all the family.
The Italian Chapel ( Lamb Holm )
Constructed by the Italian prisoners of war who were the main workforce used in the construction of the Churchill Barriers during World War II
 The Commodore Bar and Restaurant ( Holm)
 Have a relaxing drink and try some good Orkney food.
The Creel Restaurant ( St.Margaret's Hope )
 Award winning Restaurant. ( The macallan taste of Scotland award for personality of the year 1997 )
Banks of Orkney (Cleat, South Ronaldsay)
Banks offers "self catering" and B&B holiday accommodation In there two "Cottages" and converted "Barn" available all year round. guest can choose between "self catering" or "Full or Part board" as well as a recently opened licensed restaurant. Bus Hire can also be offered. "Tomb of The Eagles is within walking distance.
Tomb of The Eagles ( South Ronaldsay )
 Visit the stone age tomb at its magnificent clifftop site.
For a complete Visitor's guide to the Orkney Islands go to

Orkney Tailor-Made Tours

With Professional Tourist Guide David Murdoch

Phone 01856 466008

Mobile 07753 640046 

Pentland Ferries 

Pentland Ferries offers an attractive alternative route to Orkney; a short crossing time - just one hour between Caithness and St. Margarets. Hope, Orkney - for passengers and their vehicles. Just a short four mile drive will take you to Orkan Adventures. 

NorthLink Ferries

Let NorthLink Ferries take you on a voyage of discovery to the islands of Orkney and Shetland. With NorthLink Ferries, travelling to Orkney and Shetland is more convenient than ever before. Choose from up to three sailings a day from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland - with four of these sailings going via Orkney's capital, Kirkwall.

Bankburn House 


Levianthan International

Andrew Hamill




KW16 3JP

Tel +44 (0) 1856 851002, Mob 07799 897171