Rural hideaway bothy for two, with sea-view, wood-burner, WiFi and big telly; ideal for a week of angling, archaeology, bird-watching (or just enjoying the tranquillity).

We expect Cuween Cottage to re-open soon, and we have introduced additional measures regarding covid safety (happy to share the details on request).  

Please note that even when Scottish / English relaxations permit travel and self-catering holidays, Cuween will only open when it is suitable to do so from an Orkney perspective - the island communities are particularly vulnerable.  All bookings are contingent upon the coronavirus situation.  (Our calendar is currently full until 28th August, although a cancellation has arisen for the week from May 15th to 22nd).

Prospective guests from outside the UK should contact the owner by email before requesting a reservation.

Cuween Cottage is a 19th-century farm-worker's dwelling, which sits below Cuween Hill chambered cairn, looking out across the islands in the Bay of Firth. There are many holiday properties in Orkney which have been built and finished to modern standards: this is not one of them. The original cottage has been de-modernised, with all internal walls removed and fireplaces re-opened. At the seaward end is the wood-burning stove and comfy sofa; at the other is the double bed. The building tells its own story, and is once more a bothy in the traditional sense (but with hot water, central heating and the full array of 21st century facilities and gadgets...)

The cottage has been extended, and this addition contains the kitchen, with Rayburn and the usual white-goods, and a newly-refurbished bathroom with shower and a deep tub. Bedlinen and towels are provided and there is a wood-burning stove with log supply.

Dogs are very welcome, and will enjoy a sniff round the mature garden or a run on the open heather behind the cottage. Cuween Hill tomb is one of the best examples of its kind in Britain, and the view from the top of the hill is superb (it is also a good area for harrier spotting). You are at the centre of the Orkney Mainland, equidistant from Kirkwall and Stromness, and it is a short walk from the cottage to the village of Finstown, which has a good bus service. By car, the legendary trout lochs and major archaeological sites are 15 minutes away.

  • "Ensuite bath and/or shower room(s) in self catering unit"
  • Hairdryer available
  • Television available
  • Broadband
  • WiFi
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • DVD player available
  • CD player available
  • Private parking
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • "Garden for resident's use"
  • Ground floor bedrooms available