the space

Hopefully nothing much... which is really the point of the space. Once you arrive time will stop, along with your mobile phone, unless you stand in certain spots!

The only sounds will be the cry of gulls, the rhythm of the waves and the sigh of the wind.

the space has its own beach with flat rocks you can clamber on or just sit and gaze out to sea. You can catch Orkney red crabs with our creel or fish for sea trout with your own rod, and our two-man kayak is available for messing about on the water. Boat trips with local guides can also be arranged on request. You can watch seals at Saverskill Beach or look for otters in our own cove (they do appear occasionally!)

Our large wild garden containing native Orkney flowers and grasses is lovely to walk through or just sit in on the various rustic benches. At night try some star-gazing with our telescope or enjoy a fire in our sunken fire pit (designed to keep both the wind and the midges at bay!)

There are now two kayaks available for use by guests, with buoyancy aids provided. A sauna near the sea and stone meditation room is also planned for Summer 2016.

So relax, eat, sleep, walk, play, think, listen, and in between times.. write or record your masterpiece. If you do get bored (unlikely) you can take a tour of the island’s archaeological sites. Rousay has been described as “Egypt of the North” on account of its wealth of cairns and burial tombs.

Rousay also has its own Post Office, Craft Shop and Heritage Centre Trumland House is also worth a visit for the gardens alone. For more details and things to do click the links below.

Around Rousay Discover Rousay Orkney Islands Council Skara Brae

the space is primarily self catering so either bring your own food from the main island of Orkney (the town of Kirkwall has many great local shops and three major supermarkets) or buy your supplies from Marion's Shop on Rousay itself.

There is a small hotel with restaurant on the island (The Taversoe) and a bar (The Pier Restaurant) which both provide evening meals subject to seasonal opening hours.

Other local suppliers include Zoe's Vegetables, Brian's Charcuterie and fresh fish from John the fisherman. A local friend of the space, Tommy Gibson, can also make bread and cakes on request. He’s also the local Rousay archivist so make sure you ask him about the island!

Set on Rousay's Pier, over looking the Ferry Terminal, The Pier Restaurant, Orkney is the perfect spot for a bite to eat and to relax with a drink-in-hand. If the weather's worth sitting out for, request one of their homemade picnic hampers or pre-order your fresh lobster caught from the local shores (36 hours notice required), sit back and enjoy the tranquil scenery.

Well behaved dogs welcome

Subject to seasonal opening hours