Ayre's Rock

Sanday Hostel, Campsite and
Self-catering accommodation

Activities

Taxi Service & Sanday Tours
Guests wishing to dine out may take advantage of our reasonably priced Taxi service to and from the village pubs 01857 600410. Sanday Tours weather its local history or wildlife your interested in we can tailor a tour for you. These may include excursions to explore the relics of world war 2 ;Viking and other archaeological sites ;legends, folk-tales and place names.

Windsurfing
Three safe Lochs, or for the more experienced, on the sea. Enthusiasts will find a beach to suit any wind direction!

Kitesurfing
Quickly rising in popularity, the colourful kites can be seen soaring above the bays.

Blokarts
Cata Sands and the Peedie sea are vast sand beaches ideal for buggies with sails or kites

Kayaks
Two large harbors and three safe Loch's and a great coast line to follow

Sanday Golf
Sanday golfers believe club fees are the lowest in the kingdom. For just £5 a day you can enjoy the islands charming 9 hole course Visitors are welcome an assortment of clubs can be made available at short notice if you prefer to play by your self fees can be paid by a honesty box at the club house.


Fishing
No permit required in all Sanday Lochs. North and Bea Lochs, neither of which could provide the quantity of fish compared to the mainland, but either could provide the persistent angler with the wild brown trout of a life time, adding a new dimension to their angling experience of Orkney The lochs of Bea and North on Sanday are quite similar in both size and shape; both are roughly bowl shaped, maybe 6 or 7 feet at their deepest. The west side on both lochs is hard with the shore made up of small boulders and shingle, the east sides on the two lochs are sandy/silt and much softer and definitely featureless, with North Loch having the appearance of a beach in Spain at some parts.

Wildlife tours
The island has benefited from a Countryside Ranger. During the period May to August inclusive, Emma conducts a series of activities based on the island's wildlife. Guided walks may include Tresness, Colliness and the Holms of Ire; and practical investigations involve lichens, rock-pools, sea-shells

Cycling
Sanday has mostly flat and quiet roads ideal for family cycling holidays Ayres Rock offer bike pick up and drop off service to make your cycling holiday more enjoyable.
Walking
Recently, a number of walks have been added to Orkney's 'core footpath network'. Backaskaill, Scar, Scuthvie, Tresness and Whitemill - every name of Viking origin - all are places on some of the eight different routes. All of these walks have been thoroughly well planned; there are stiles to help you over the fences, and unobtrusive signs to reassure that you're still on the route. Walkers may collect a copy of the illustrated 'Walking Guide' to the island from Ayres Rock

Bird Watching
The long, low rocky shoreline and endless sandy beaches are hugely attractive to wading birds and marine mammals. Purple sandpipers, Bar-tailed godwits, Dunlin and Sanderling are abundant through the winter; and in summer you're never far from the plaintive 'peep' of a Ringed plover. Inland, too, there's the constant backdrop of bird songs and calls. Lapwing and Skylark have all but disappeared in southern Britain; these, along with Oystercatchers, Redshank, Curlew, Arctic tern, gulls, sometimes even a Corncrake - all these are in full voice 59 degrees north.

Ayre's Rock

Sanday Hostel, Campsite and Craft Shop
Visit Scotland 4* rated self-catering accommodation in our comfortable hostel facility

Paul and Julie Allan
Ayre's Rock Hostel
Ayre's Rock
Sanday KW17 2AY
Tel: 01857 600410
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