Greystone ref: CC511040

Sanday, Orkney Islands, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Greystone is a traditional detached single storey cottage that has been tastefully renovated and furnished to provide bright, attractive accommodation in a tranquil, unspoilt setting. Set in its own large garden grounds, surrounded by open farmland with views across to the sea from all angles, it offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy a totally unique island holiday experience. Just 12 miles across and no more than 6 miles wide you are never far from stunning coastline.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Accommodation is all at ground floor level, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With modern, electric flame effect feature fire, LCD TV, DVD player, radio/CD player. A selection of dvds and children’s games; Bose 2 iPod/iPhone docking station and wireless internet connection.
Dining: With solid oak table and bench chairs and oil fired Rayburn range to provide focal point and cosy ambience.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With two single beds (with electric blankets).
Shower room: With large corner shower, WC and wash basin.

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All fuel, power, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.


Enclosed garden leading directly onto open farmland with wonderful views across to the loch and sea beyond. Outbuildings for storage of outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 2 cars.

Sanday is easily accessible from mainland Orkney, by both ferry and plane. Flying direct from Kirkwall on mainland Orkney to Sanday takes just 11 minutes. There are usually two flights per day and they are run at a very reasonable price. The ferry from Kirkwall to Sanday takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Car and passenger costs are kept to a minimum as they are regularly used by islanders.

Getting to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney

Regular flights run from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow direct to Kirkwall. Regular ferries operate from Aberdeen, John O’Groats, Gills Bay and Scrabster, near Thurso. Flights, car and passenger ferries operate all year round. There is also a regular scheduled bus service that runs from Inverness centre to Scrabster and John O’Groats which connects with the Orkney ferries. Further details available from owner.

The journey to Sanday forms part of the wonderful island adventure.

  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    250 Yards
  • Distance
    20 Miles by Ferry
  • Restaurant
    1.5 Miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    1.5 Miles
  • Railway station distance
  • Lake

About the local area

Sanday is one of the archipelago of islands that make up the enchanting Orkney isles. Here you will find long stretches of pristine white sandy beaches leading down to clear, aquamarine seas. Renowned for its abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering crystal waters and spectacular open skies, Sanday has been called the ’Jewel of the Isles’ and is the perfect place to take time out.
From Greystone the sea is visible in two directions, and just 3/4 mile walk away.  The nearby Bea Loch offers excellent trout fishing and small boats can be launched from the jetty. The island, being essentially flat, is a cyclist’s paradise, with very quiet roads and no steep hills - the owner has thoughtfully provided bikes for visitors’ use. As you explore the island you’ll receive friendly waves from the local people and the same warm welcome also awaits you in the pubs and restaurants. The Orkney Isles are renowned for their bird life and Sanday is no exception. Rare breeding birds, migrants and a wide variety of sea birds make it a bird watcher’s paradise. There are a surprising amount of activities for a small island. Fishing (both sea and loch), canoeing and kayaking, ceilidhs in the pubs, caving and guided walks with the island’s resident Ranger all add to Sanday’s distinctive charm. Explore 5,000 years of history, from ancient Viking tombs to relics of both world wars. In the Spring and Summer the islands abounds with wild flowers and during these months the sun hardly sets and views across the wide horizons alter with the changing light.

Things to do nearby

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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