The Noust really is a unique seaside cottage because its location is almost unbelievable. It sits right on the harbour side, at the end of the harbour wall, arguably the best spot of the harbour. Noust is a Scottish word that means boat-shaped hollow, sometimes with walls, where a boat is hauled up for winter storage. You won’t find any boats in the cottage, but the property has been used for this purpose by fishermen going back hundreds of years. Now it’s just a delightful cottage perfect for a couple. The property is a simple set-up with a kitchen/living/dining room downstairs, which is spacious and comfortable, and on the first floor there is a good sized, double bedroom and shower room.
Situated in St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney’s third largest settlement with 550 residents, after Kirkwall and Stromness, The Noust is only a couple of minutes from the ferry terminal that you will arrive at if crossing from Gills Bay, on the mainland of Scotland. St Margaret’s Hope is on the island of South Ronaldsay and is connected to the mainland of Orkney by the Churchill Barriers, a series of causeways originally built in the 1940s as naval defences to protect Scapa Flow, but now serve as the roadway to other parts of Orkney. The village of St Margaret’s Hope is believed to go back to either the 13th or 11th century, being named after respectively either Margaret Maid of Norway or Saint Margaret of Scotland, the wife of Malcolm III.
Other places to visit in Orkney are the Italian Chapel, which is en-route to Kirkwall, just after the Church Barriers. It was built by the Italian POWs during the Second World War whilst interned in Orkney. Scapa Flow of course is another place to see and explore, learning about its rich history of scuttling ships and naval exercises. Beyond Scapa Flow you will reach Kirkwall and its magnificent 10th century St Magnus Cathedral. It’s a lovely historic town with plenty to see, eat and drink, as well as having ferries to the smaller and northern islands. Only a short drive away towards Stromness are the world-famous Neolithic sites of the Stenness Standing Stones and the Ring of Brodgar. Perfect to be explored at sunrise.
Stomness is a lovely little harbour village well worth visiting, and in the summer you can catch a passenger ferry across to Hoy to explore The Old Man of Hoy and St John’s Head, which is the highest vertical sea cliff in the UK. Stromness is also close to the wild west coast of Orkney that gets bashed by the North Atlantic almost continuously. There are more cliffs and the walking at Yesnaby is world-class. It’s an outdoor and history lovers paradise, and being based at The Noust gives you the perfect bolt hole to plan and rest up in before and after explorations around Orkney. Beach 2 miles. Shop 15 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.
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Step to entrance.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 32’’ Freeview TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Air source central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.
Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture (shared with public). On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The sea is 10 yards from the property.
Nearest railway station
Railway station distance