Unit 6 & 7 Bridgend Road Industrial Estate
The Steading in Longhope has an enviable position overlooking the sheltered bay which forms part of Scapa Flow.
Locally known as ‘The Irn Bru House’ due to the steel girders used in its construction this stunning property was designed and built to maximise the seafront location and the panoramic views. The large windows on the first floor where the kitchen, dining room and lounge are located provides an ideal vantage point to spot bird and wildlife along the shoreline and beyond.
Easily accessible from mainland Orkney serviced by two separate ferries running throughout the day. One from Stromness to North Hoy and the other, closer to Longhope, from Houton.
A visit to Hoy has plenty to offer for those looking to explore the island's rich history, wildlife, and culture. It played an important role in the Second World War, and this continues to leave a lasting impression on the island today by being the best preserved and least disturbed WW2 defence landscapes in the UK.
The landscape on Hoy is varied with sweeping moorland, dramatic clifftops, stacks and beautiful beaches. There is an assortment of birdlife including puffins, fulmars, red-throated divers, skuas, hen harriers and razorbills that make this island their home. You may even be lucky enough to spot a white-tailed eagle or golden eagle.
Rackwick is a must-see with a golden sandy beach and huge, coloured sandstone boulders overlooked by pink cliffs. This is where the walk to the Old Man of Hoy starts which is approximately 6 miles. Seals can be spotted all year-round and twice a year there is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of their pups. Autumn is the time that grey seals pup and early summer for common seals. Remember to always stay well back especially when they are with their young.
Be sure to take a trip to mainland Orkney where exploring the towns of Stromness and Kirkwall you will discover the myriad of local produce that Orkney celebrate. During your visit look out for the selection of events which are widely publicised during the year including arts and crafts, festivals, culture, as well as music and dance. Known worldwide for some of the finest examples of Neolithic settlements, follow in the footsteps of these early settlers and include Skara Brae and Maeshowe.
On the ferry crossings to, from and within Orkney, and on coastal walks, you could see whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
Satisfy your Island curiosity by spending time in this splendid house. You will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - a pleasure worth travelling for.