Causeway to Brough

Pathway to Brough, passable only at low tide.

You're planning a visit to Orkney possibly to explore it's fascinating history, to observe it's wide range of wildlife, or just to escape for a while from your busy routine and relax. Whatever your reason for visiting, Birsay is an ideal location and Palace Cottage is a perfect base in the quiet village of Palace.

Palace Cottage is a traditional stone built cottage located in the beautiful tranquil village of the Palace, Birsay. Situated right next to the ruins of the 16th century Earls Palace and opposite the St. Magnus Church which stands on the site where the first church stood in the 11th century and of which still retains some features from the 13th century church itself.

This is an excellent central location, within walking distance to the tidal Brough of Birsay, with its pictish and norse settlement, Lighthouse and its lovely sandy beach.

Skip Geos Fisherman's hut

Skip Geo fisherman's hut.

Many lovely walks including the walk to the Whalebone where you can see many birds, Skipi Geo fisherman's hut or simply the stunning sunsets. Marwick Head close by with its bird watching and Kitchener's Memorial. Swanney and Boardhouse lochs are 5 minutes away and provide some excellent fishing.

The village itself has its own well stocked shop and its very popular Birsay Bay Tearooms, where you can sample some local produce in its snacks and homebakes whilst enjoying the views overlooking the Bay and Brough.

For more information on what there is to see and do in the immediate area visit our Around About page.

So whatever your reason for visiting, you're guaranteed a warm welcome and a memorable holiday. Have a look at our Enquiries page to check availability or just to send an enquiry, we love Birsay and would be delighted to answer any question you may have about staying here. Even if Palace Cottage is booked when you want to visit we'd still like to help and may be able to direct you to other accommodation providers.