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Premier Double Room | Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Premier Double Room | Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Standard Twin Room | Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Suite | Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of The Shore

The Shore

3.0 star property
City centre Kirkwall hotel with bar/lounge

8.2/10 Very good

110 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Bar
Shore Street, Kirkwall, Scotland, KW15 1LG

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Kirkwall

Getting around

  • Kirkwall (KOI) - 6 min drive


  • Pomona Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Trenabies Bistro - 3 min walk
  • The Bothy Bar - 4 min walk
  • Buster's Diner - 4 min walk
  • Archive Coffee - 4 min walk

About this property

The Shore

When visiting Kirkwall, The Shore is a great choice to consider. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:30 PM until 9:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free off-site parking within 66 ft

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Bar/lounge


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage


  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Housekeeping (on request)

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

Shore Hotel Kirkwall
Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel
The Shore Kirkwall
The Shore Hotel Kirkwall

Frequently asked questions

Does The Shore offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Shore does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Shore?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Shore?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Shore?
No, unfortunately, but there's free parking nearby.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Shore?
You can check in from 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
Are there restaurants at or near The Shore?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Pomona Cafe (3-min walk), Trenabies Bistro (3-min walk) and The Bothy Bar (4-min walk).
What's the area around The Shore like?
The Shore is in the heart of Kirkwall, a short 1-minute walk from Mainland and 5 minutes' walk from St. Magnus Cathedral. Travellers say that this hotel is in a good location.



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Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

Shore hotel
Although I slept in the shore hotel I wasn't made aware on booking that I would have to collect my keys, and have breakfast and dinner at the Kirkwall Hotel. Perhaps it would be helpful if this was mentioned on booking. But room was lovely
James, 1-night business trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

I ended up being in their other property next door- The Kirkwall Hotel- stunning-cannot give enough expletives for the room and the food at breakfast and dinner- superb
Shelley, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

I was definitely not impressed with this property. It was recently acquired by the Kirkwall hotel but you can tell not much work has gone into it. The first room they had us in was a single bed, but though I booked a room with 2 beds. I also called the property directly, prior to my visit, to confirm this, but still wasn’t given 2 beds. Upon pointing this out, they did change our room to a much smaller attic space with 2 beds, but the door couldn’t open without hitting one of the beds, and the room’s window was covered with black mould, so we had to go back to the original incorrect room with one bed. Service staff was okay, not unfriendly but also seemed annoyed at having their mistake pointed out, and only after proving that I phoned to confirm 2 beds did the staff begin to look for a solution. Overall, it’s a decent location on a beautiful island, but when I visit again, I will likely find another hotel to stay at unless serious improvements have been made.
Shanna, 4-night family trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

Cathy, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

Avoid this dungeons. Neglected. Abandoned. Dark. Damp. Paper thin walls and ceiling. Over priced. It’s criminal.
Florencio, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Arrived off the last boat, but disappointed that there was n option for dinner after a long drive. Should be options for guests to eat
Andrew, 1-night business trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Dirty hotel the shore
The shore hotel room was dirty we had to ask to get the bed change on arriving kettle in room was the same food was terrible we sent back roast beef dinner was cold and old potatoes on the plate breakfast was under cooked could not eat it waist of £25 pounds not great cook’s will never return over price £685 for four nights in the worst room I have ever stayed in the Amex which is the shore hotel darkest damp room dirtiest room I have ever stayed in Kirkwall itself is a picture
4-night trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Shockingly awful Shore Hotel
Warning - do not book Shore Hotel. The hotel is closed and operates as an annex to the next door hotel. It smells damp. Rooms are basic and cheaply furnished. It is like a ghost hotel. Noise from music in nearby building can be heard in room. Lock on room we were given did not work. Given the price - 165 for one night without breakfast- this level of accommodation is completely unacceptable. Thankfully when we went back to complain we were moved into a great room in the next door hotel.
Sara, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Adequate rooms
Served a purpose. Comfortable but tired - being renovated in coming winter, and it needs it. Entrance hallway very gloomy and a bit stale smelling.
Kirsteen, 2-night family trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Christopher, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review