Booking Info & Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 update - 7th July 2020

We will be opening again on the 15th July, subject to public health advice and progression into Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown route-map. We are delighted to be taking bookings from the 15th July onwards for all our accommodation.

We always look forward to guests arriving at Kirkwall Apartments. 2020 has been a huge challenge for everyone and as we reopen we’re delighted to be welcoming returning guests and first time visitors alike. We wish to continue giving our guests full confidence in our already high standards of operation, including changeovers, cleaning and guest support. Your wellbeing and satisfaction is always a priority to us.

Due to the current situation we've amended our cancellation policy as follows:

For any new bookings made from 26th June 2020: If lockdown is extended or reintroduced and we need to remain closed or close again we’ll reschedule or refund bookings that we cannot honour due to government restrictions.

We shall be following the cleaning guidelines established by our industry body Association of Scottish Self Caterers and you may view these here.

Other than to honour bookings already made, we won’t have any same day changeovers. We’d rather give you the peace of mind that your accommodation won't be occupied by two different households on the same day. Because of this, changeover days for new bookings can be more flexible and the usual high season Friday or Saturday changeovers will not need to be adhered to. Availability on our booking system will reflect this.

We will constantly be reviewing our policies in line with Scottish Government updates and ASSC standards and any updates will be posted here.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your stay before booking please get in touch. Otherwise please feel free to check the calendar and book online to secure your dates.

Booking Terms & Conditions

All accommodation is available year round. Normally during the busy summer months (May to September) lets are on a weekly basis, with set changeover days. (This will not apply during 2020, changeovers will be more flexible). The rest of the year we normally accept bookings for 4 nights or more, arriving/departing any day of the week!

High Season changeover days 2021:

Broad Street Gardens Apartments: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and the Townhouse have a Saturday changeover. Apartments 2, 3 and 8 have a Friday changeover.

Shaalder Apartments: Muckle Green Holm, Gairsay & Copinsay have a Saturday changeover


Check in is anytime after 4.00pm, check out time is by 10.00am. We operate self check in on site with the neccesary access information and codes made available prior to arrival.


If more than one consecutive week is booked, towels and linen will be changed on a weekly basis. This will be done on the morning of the normal changeover day for each apartment after 10am.


Broad Street Gardens Apartments

There is a private off street car park with space for one vehicle per apartment. To help ensure that all guests have access to their space, we have a parking permit system in place. Permits will be in the apartment on arrival and must be displayed in each vehicle when it is parked in the Broad Street Gardens car park.

Shaalder Apartments

There is no designated parking at this property. There is free on street parking and a long stay car park on Great Western Road, plus some short stay car parks close by.


We operate a strict no smoking policy throughout all accommodation.


We regret that we do not have the facility to accommodate any pets.


We require 30% deposit to reserve your stay with us. This is payable on booking. Deposits are non-refundable on cancellations less than 60 days prior to check in date. We will refund deposits on cancellations made more than 60 days before check in date minus a £60.00 handling charge per property.
The balance is payable 30 days prior to check in date (this is non refundable on cancellation), as well as a security deposit of £100 for each apartment booked. This security deposit is refundable within 7 days of departure by the same means the original payment was made - provided that the accommodation has been left in a clean and tidy condition without damages.


Although we always endeavour to honour every booking, we reserve the right to cancel in the case of the property being damaged or becoming otherwise unsuitable to accommodate your holiday. If this occurs, all moneys paid will be returned. If any additional costs are incurred this will be a matter for your holiday insurance arrangements. We strongly suggest you have adequate holiday insurance before you begin your trip.