Highland Park House

Is open from 24 April 2022. Our booking engine is at the edge of each page and is ready to take your reservation.

Over the winter we have been busy. Bathrooms have been refreshed and upgraded and new fridges installed in all of the rooms. We are delighted with the results.


Highland Park House is ‘a lovely historic house, refurbished in keeping with the period.’ ‘Full of character, enhanced by brilliant unique artwork.’

‘There is no TV in the rooms, but that is part of the stepping back in time charm and getting away from it all feeling.’

This imposing Victorian mansion offers ‘old world grandeur with modern amenities.’ ‘Stained glass lights, heritage colours on the walls and a delightful Music Room, all so tasteful and comfortable.’

Just 20 mins walk – 5 mins drive -from the centre of Kirkwall, ‘The peaceful location ensures a great night’s sleep’ and there are ‘pleasant walks among fields behind the house, and great views.’

‘The building is beautiful, the owners are helpful and friendly and the breakfast is to die for’.

Highland Park House is ‘a million miles removed from a standard hotel’.

Our full Scottish breakfasts, made with bespoke local produce are consistently rated ‘excellent’ and ‘perfectly cooked’.  We serve traditional Scottish classics like porridge and Orkney smoked kippers as well as vegetarian/vegan and free-from options and contemporary twists like locally made chilli jam and whisky marmalade. We provide ‘superb take-away breakfasts for guests who have to leave early’. Eggs are provided by our own hens.

There is free wifi in all rooms and ‘plenty of books and maps to borrow’ including vintage books, guide books, local history and literature and ordnance survey maps. Antony is a qualified Green Badge Guide and can help you plan your own excursion, or you can hire him to guide you for a day or half-day trip.

Please note:

All rooms are accessed via stairs. (2 flights to the Tower Suite)

Children with well-behaved parents are very welcome.

We are sorry but we can’t host dogs or other pets.

COVID Update: All legal restrictions to have been lifted in Scotland.

If you are planning to travel from abroad, other restrictions may still apply. We recommend checking the latest Covid updates and advice from the Scottish Government and the governments of any country you intend to travel from or through.

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Highland Park House has been awarded the Visit Scotland “Good To Go” Green Tick, confirming that our CV19 procedures are meeting government recommendations.

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Accommodation in Style…

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Highland Park House is an imposing Victorian mansion just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Kirkwall. We offer luxury Bed & Breakfast with beautiful rooms for functions and special occasions.
Whether you are looking for accommodation for a memorable holiday, or a venue for a special event, a warm welcome awaits you in this unique family owned and run house.

Highland Park House was built for James ‘The Major’ Grant when he bought the famous Highland Park Distillery  in the late 19th century. It is an imposing, gothic mansion, overlooking the distillery and with views over Kirkwall to Wideford Hill and Weyland Bay. Grant was immensely wealthy, and a trail-blazer for modern ideas. He was the first in this part of Scotland to own a motor car and he powered his distillery and his fine new house with electricity from his own generators. One hundred years later the house had become a care home, and then fallen into disrepair. Artists Antony Hodgson and Áine King bought the house in 2013 and have restored the building in keeping with its original 1890s art nouveau style, but with modern comforts such as central heating, wifi and en suite bathrooms.

Today the house has 6 luxury Bed & Breakfast rooms, a large lounge/music room with comfortable seating, a library / meeting room, an art gallery and a formal dining room / conference room.

Less than 10 minutes by car from Kirkwall Airport, 10 minutes from the Kirkwall ferry terminal and 25 minutes from Stromness and St Margaret’s Hope, Highland Park House is ideally situated for exploring all that Orkney has to offer, including the World Heritage Site of Skara Brae  and The Ness Of Brodgar.




B and B accommodation in Orkney. This Kirkwall mansion also offers a stylish, period venue for small and medium events. B&B or BnB? Either way, you won't be disappointed.