Welcome to the Merkister Hotel

Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, the Merkister hotel stands in its own grounds in the most wonderful location, commanding impressive views of this famous loch and its surroundings.

We are in the perfect location for your visit, 15 minute drive from the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness, and nestled in the middle of Skara Brae, Maeshowe, Brough of Birsay, several RSPB reserves and much, much more…

Staying with us a night

Enjoy an evening in one of our peaceful, lochside Garden Superior Suites, and soak in the view

Chose from a variety of room types and lengths of stay with us here at The Merkister Hotel, with a variety of suits to suit. All our rooms come with an en-suite or full private bathroom, and breakfast included in the price. Please check out our Accommodation page to find out more

If you are here to try your skills at some of Orkney's lochs, we are situated lochside, and offer a jetty to launch your own boats, or rent one for yourself. We also offer guided Ghillie bookings for those unfamiliar with the area, or wanting to learn the ropes. See our Fishing page for more information.

Dining at the Skerries Restaurant

Enjoy a gorgeous view of the Merkister Loch with your meal, in our lounge bar or restaurant

We have an award-winning restaurant, where during breakfast you can watch the Swans, Herons and if lucky our pair of Hen Harriers, and during dinner maybe catch one of our “have to see to be believed” sunsets. Have a look at our Skerries Restaurant, where you can read more.

The Hotel also has a busy lounge bar, for those who enjoy a more informal place to eat. The lounge bar is a great place to enjoy a drink at any time of the day, especially the evenings, when the bar is busy with locals and guests alike exchanging stories of the day.