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Scapa House is situated near Scapa Distillery and a short distance

from Scapa Flow.

It was built in 1888 by Bloch Brothers (Distillers) who also built the distillery. The house was provided by the distiller for the Excise Officer and his family. Over the years various people have visited having had parents, grandparents or a relative who had lived here. A visitor from New Zealand said that his grand father was the first Excise Officer at Scapa Distillery. Three Orcadian Excise Officers have lived here.

In 1982 Ida and Balfour and their Daughter Dawn bought Scapa House from Hiram Walker & Sons who owned it at that time.

You will be made to feel at home on arrival with the offer of a cup of tea or coffee and some homemade cakes.

We have three bedrooms, two have king size beds the other bedroom has twin beds. A chair bed and cot is available for children. The rooms are all ensuite with spacious showers. Included are Tea/Coffee making facilities, alarm clocks, TV with Freeview/DVD. Wifi Internet Access, hairdryers, shaver points and information packs on Orkney. An ironing board and iron are available on request. All beds have duvets, extra pillows and blankets are also provided.

Dining Room

Residents are free to use the Dining Room at anytime of day and evening. There is a Fridge, Microwave, Crockery, Cutlery, Glasses, Toaster, Kettle and home bakes.  You are welcome to bring a Take away meal back and relax after a long day of sightseeing. There is a good selection of interesting books on Orkney, travel and many stories to read. Ida and Balfour are more than willing to help with local knowledge of the Islands.

Breakfast is served between 8-9.30am and earlier if requested


  • Fruit Juice
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Black Pudding
  • Eggs- scrambled,boiled,poached or fried
  • Tomatoes
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Home made Granary Bread
  • Toast
  • Yoghurts
  • Gluten Free Products and other Dietary Requirements available on request

There is also a Conservatory to relax in.

We have a strictly No Smoking Premises.

Payment by cheque or cash.

When Booking it is always helpful to have an estimated time of arrival although Ferries and Planes may be delayed.

Scapa House is about two miles from the city centre of Kirkwall. A fine walk on a good day.

Ensuite bath and/or shower, all bedrooms.

Private Parking

Hairdryer in bedroom


Tea/offee making facilities in bedrooms.

Resident's Lounge

Laundry Service

Vegetarian diets catered for on request

Special diets catered for on request

Television available

DVD player available

CD player available

Disabled parking on site

Garden for residents use

Packed lunches by arrangement

Ground floor bedrooms available

Assistance dogs welcome

Short breaks available