Welcome to your Home away from home Centrally located in the heart of Orkney

Alice and Eric Bruce would like to welcome you to the Royal Oak Guest House in Kirkwall in the beautiful Orkney Islands.

As a business kept within the family since 2005, we offer eight fully serviced en-suite rooms, delivering a comfortable and relaxing stay, with a real home from home experience. Located approximately 1km from the heart of Kirkwall, start your day with a fulfilling breakfast of your choice, whilst overlooking views of Scapa Flow.

We look forward to making your stay special during your time with us and should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  • 10.0

    Eric, our host, was very friendly and helpful, recommending local restaurants. We were impressed with his energy, bearing in mind that his wife had just given birth to her first child! The room and bathroom were very well renovated with all mod cons. The shower and heating controls were both easy to operate. A very comfortable and quiet stay.

    Georgina – Booking.Com – May 2024
  • 10/10 Superior Service

    “Exceptional high hygiene standards throughout. Very reasonable pricing with an amazing breakfast with a view. Proprietor friendly and knowledgable. Very good experience creating a “Home from Home” visit. Would book again. Highly recommended.”

    Donna M - Trip Advisor - April 2024
  • Loved it!

    “Brilliant stay for our trip with dad and brothers. Eric was great and breakfast was spot on! Rooms and accommodation were really clean and loved the new refurbished rooms a lot. Lovely! Hope to be back again next year. Thanks for looking after us.”

    Tripadvisor – May 2024
  • “I stayed at the Royal Oak over a long weekend and had a great stay. No request was too big for Alice and Eric to manage, and I was well looked after. The rooms and clean, tidy and well maintained. I enjoyed a Scottish breakfast cooked fresh every morning and was aware of other continental selections being available. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would definitely book again when I return to Kirkwall. 10/10!

    Craig F – August 2022
  • “Definitely love this place. The room & toilet were clean; the bed sheet was also hypoallergenic. The facilities were just what we needed. Delicious breakfast. The decorations were unique. The atmosphere was peaceful and very cosy. Very kind and friendly owners. Strategic location – beautiful surroundings and close to amenities. We will absolutely stay there again if we visit Kirkwall in the future, and we highly recommend others to do the same.”

    KuteBuku – July 2022 – Google Reviews