For many years, Orkney has been the destination for the discerning traveller who is looking for peace and quiet, heritage, the arts and above all, that sense of quality and security which is not found anywhere else in Britain. This feeling of freedom can only truly be achieved in an Orkney self catering establishment where you can come and go as you please, yet still be close to Orkney’s past.
Sebay Mill Orkney Self Catering Accommodation (1) is located in Orkney's East Mainland, only six miles away from Orkney's main town, Kirkwall (2) Here you'll find St Magnus Cathedral, the Earls and Bishops Palace and shops and restaurants galore. On the outskirts of the town in Kirkwall Airport (3), only four miles from Sebay Mill.
Near to Sebay Mill is the Quoyburray Inn which serves excellent evening meals. The Gloup (4) a dramatic collapsed sea cave, and Mine Howe (5) a mysterious prehistoric subterranean man-made chamber, are a short drive away. Sandy beaches, such as the stunning Dingieshowe (6) are within walking distance. Reminants of Orkney's wartime history, such as the Italian Chapel (7) - built from scrap by POWs and the Churchill Barriers (8) - blockades which now act as bridges to the South Isles, are just over the hill.
There is prehistoric history everywhere - from neolithic villages such as Skara Brae (9), stone circles such as The RIng of Brodgar (10), a tomb littered with Viking graffiti - Maes howe (11) - and a tomb littered with eagle talons - The Tomb of the Eagles (12). All are a short drive away. There are Iron Age fortresses - the Broch of Gurness (13), an island with an ancient monastry which can only be reached when the tide is low - the Brough of Birsay (14) and for the adventurous - an island called Rousay (15) so littered with prehistoric tombs that it recieved the nickname "The Egypt of the North".
There are castles to explore - Balfour Castle (16) in Shapinsay - old men to meet - the seastack - the Old Man of Hoy (17) is a stunning sight - and puffins from April to July. For the best views of puffins visit the Brough of Birsay (14) or the Castle of Burrian (18) on Westray. There is an island called North Ronaldsay (19) where the sheep are kept on the beach away from the farmland, and another, Sanday (20) - named because nearly every edge is a beautiful beach. On Eday, the Pirate Gow was captured in Carrick House (21) - in the waterfront town of Stromness (22) you'll hear tales of whalers and press-gangs.
At the end of a day's exploring, island hopping, trout-fishing (23) and even shopping - the Sheila Fleet Jewellery (24) workshop nearby is well worth a visit - we can't think of anywhere better to relax than our award-winning luxury Orkney accommodation at Sebay Mill. Contact us today to find out more!