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Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of The Shore

The Shore

3.0 star property

4.4/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
Shore Street, Kirkwall, Scotland, KW15 1LG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSt. Magnus Cathedral5 min walk
  • Popular LocationOrkney Museum7 min walk
  • Popular LocationBishop's Palace9 min walk
  • AirportKirkwall (KOI)6 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kirkwall, The Shore is in the city centre. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Mainland and Scapa Beach, while Orkney Wireless Museum and Orkney Museum are cultural highlights.

What's nearby

  • Orkney Wireless Museum - 3 min walk
  • St. Magnus Cathedral - 5 min walk
  • Orkney Museum - 7 min walk
  • Earl's Palace - 9 min walk
  • Bishop's Palace - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Kirkwall (KOI) - 6 min drive


  • Helgi's bar - 2 min walk
  • Pomona Café - 3 min walk
  • Trenabies Bistro - 3 min walk
  • The Bothy Bar - 4 min walk
  • Buster's Diner - 4 min walk

About this property

The Shore

3-star hotel in Kirkwall with bar/lounge
A bar/lounge and free WiFi in public areas are available at this smoke-free hotel. All 17 rooms offer free WiFi, electric kettles and LCD TVs with digital channels. Other amenities available to guests include free bottled water, hairdryers and showers. Housekeeping is available on request.
The Shore offers 17 forms of accommodation with complimentary bottles of water and a hairdryer. LCD televisions come with digital channels.

Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on request and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free off-site parking within 66 ft

Food and drink

  • 1 bar/lounge

Family friendly

  • Free cots/infant beds


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Heating


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • Digital channels
  • LCD TV

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free bottled water


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from October 25 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host; the provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession, within the meaning of Article 155 of the French Tax Code
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

Property is also known as

Shore Hotel Kirkwall
Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel
The Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel Kirkwall

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 49 out of 85 reviews
5 - Excellent 58%
Rating 4 - Good. 24 out of 85 reviews
4 - Good 28%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 85 reviews
3 - Okay 9%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 85 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 2 out of 85 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The hotel had gone into liquidation and had been taken over by the Kirkwall Hotel. We were not informed about this before we travelled. When we arrived at the hotel the entrance door was closed and a note told you to check in at the Kirkwall hotel. When we got the key and entered the Shore Hotel the reception was in darkness and the door of what had been the breakfast room had black polythene covering the inside of the door. This hotel is not worth £145 a night and I could not recommend it.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2021

1/5 Terrible

Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, room comfort
Disgraceful experience with the room and G.M
The room I was given at the Shore was really not fit for purpose- the noise from other rooms and bathrooms around meant the noise in my room was incredibly loud-‘with workers staying and getting up from 3.30 am. It was horrible and I did not really sleep more than 3 hours. I spoke to reception and the General Manager was called - I found her to be dismissive and incredibly rude - she coldly told me they were aware of the problems and asked the receptionist to refund me £15. She had no interest to engage with me- or show any concern or contrition for my experience. She barely acknowledged my presence and spoke as if I was not in front of her to her colleague. Having spent 25 years as an Executive in the hotel industry- I believe this GM demonstrated poor hospitality behaviours and it seemed to me the two staff members looked embarrassed. It was very disappointing and I believe she let herself down and the entire Kirkwall hotel down ( The Kirkwall Hotel now manages The Shore as an annexe).
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We stayed in the Shore hotel which is an annexe of the Kirkwall hotel. Rooms were clean and spacious.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2021

3/5 Okay

Business traveller
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great Hotel
Lovely little hotel by the harbour. Very friendly, helpful staff. I was upgraded on arrival which was greatly appreciated, the rooms were clean and spacious. Due to covid there was only continental breakfast available and unable to serve meals in their restaurant but kindly allowed takeaways to be consumed in their breakfast room. I would definitely stay here if I visited Orkney again.
Stayed 6 nights in Oct 2020