Review on The Ayre Hotel

In a prime spot overlooking Kirkwall harbour and the ferry terminal, this long-serving, privately run hotel started life as three Victorian cottages, but has been spruced up and modernised over the years. It is now popular with tourists on weekend or extended breaks and caters for the business community with dedicated conference facilities.

Light meals are served in the bar, and the menu runs from Westray crab fritters and deep-fried haggis balls with garlic mayo to sticky toffee pudding, via steak and Dark Island Ale pie or sweet-and-sour chicken.

A more ambitious mix of Scottish and international favourites is on offer in the restaurant, where you might begin with peppered queen scallops and coriander oil or deep-fried Orkney cheese with redcurrant dip. Mains naturally highlight Orkney lamb and steaks, but there are alternatives in the shape of - say - chicken fajitas or halibut steak with white wine and mushroom sauce.

The Ayre Hotel is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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Scottish / International

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Ayre Hotel

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Accomodation is available, (33 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Ayre Hotel
Ayre Road
KW15 1QX

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