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Ayre's Rock Hostel and Camp Site

From £6/€6.74/A$9.65/US$7.33/CA$9.79/CHF7.29/kr65.57/kr50.38/kr60.61/kr845/$111.94/$5,000/PEN24.67/NZ$10.29/R102.04/zł29.21/R$22.93/Kč182.37/RSD833 (for 1 night, 2 adults)

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  • Small, peaceful and friendly site on the beach-filled island of Sanday
  • On the beachfront and in a wildlife haven
  • Bike hire, cooking area, laundry and free wifi

Scottish islands, you may have already figured, are rather what you might call spectacular. And so it is with the Isle of Sanday, belonging to the Orkney family and a place of smashingly sandy beaches, prehistory and legend, kayaking and surfing, and even a nine-hole golf course…

And on the isle there's Ayre's Rock Hostel and Camp Site, a small, peaceful and amiable place set on the beachfront and run by warm and welcoming owners Julie and Paul. (This feels like the place to point out the chip shop local to the site too, which sorts islanders and guests with hot suppers every Saturday night.)

Naturally the site's surrounds and the island as a whole are a wildlife haven as well: spot otters ashore and the odd basking shark or porpoise in the surrounding waters, as well as puffins colourfully sitting a short walk away around the cliff.

Or you could just wander the bays and white and clean sands the island is named for, fish for trout in the lochs, visit the ancient archaeological sites, climb the sand dunes to see those spectacular Sanday views, hire a bike on site for a peaceful pedal – or take a walk with the ranger to visit the island lighthouse? The ranger also does guided walks such as rockpooling at Ayres Rock; ask Paul and Julie how to get in touch.

Ayres Rock Hostel and Camp Site has cleanly-kept facilities including toilets, a shower, a washing-up area, laundry and free wifi. A cooking area is available for guests' use.

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Party: 2 adults


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