Things to do and see in Orkney
In Orkney there is never a shortage of things to do or places to visit. South Ronaldsay and Burray are joined to the Mainland by the Churchill Barriers which were built in the 1940’s primarily as naval defences to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow.
You may be interested in the following places and events on South Ronaldsay;
- Beautiful beaches among which are Sands Of Wright and Eastside Beach
- The Tomb Of The Eagles visitor centre
- The Marine Life Aquarium which is only a five minute walk from the accommodation
- The South Ronaldsay and Burray Agricultural Show in early August has a large variety of farm animals and pets as well as stalls from local clubs, food and entertainment for children. There is also a horticultural show the same day in the school next to the Show Park which has entries of vegetables, flowers, baking and crafts from people living in the area.
- The Boys' Ploughing Match and Parade of Horses in mid August is based at the Sands of Wright beach. The event dates back to the early 19th century.
- The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery is popular featuring handwoven tapestries by local artist Leila Thomson.
- The Workshop and Loft Gallery in St Margaret’s Hope is a knitwear and craft co-operative selling handmade knitwear and a variety of local crafts.
- There is a nine hole golf course in the village as well as tennis courts, bowling green and a gym at the Community School.
Eating and drinking
- The award winning Creel Restaurant in the nearby village of St Margaret’s Hope is very popular especially for its fish dishes.
- The Murray Arms Hotel also in St Margaret’s Hope serves food and drink daily.
- The Sands Hotel in Burray is very popular all year round for al a carte meals and bar suppers and has a beautiful conservatory overlooking the sea.
- Banks Bistro near Burwick offers lovely views and food and drinks in its conservatory.
- The Fossil Centre is run as a community cafe offers food daily and Fossil Visitor Centre and gift shop.
- Jim Freds Café in St Margaret’s Hope offers tea, coffee and snacks daily in the heart of St. Margaret’s Hope
There are three grocery shops in St Margaret’s Hope: Doull’s, Robertson’s and The Trading Post. The Trading post is also a Post Office which sells newspapers and magazines as well as a wide range of groceries. Doull’s is an Alladin’s cave of groceries, household items, meat and bread and well worth a look around. The staff are very helpful and are always keen to provide visitors with any help or assistance they can providing local knowledge. Robertson's is on the opposite side of the road nearby.