Welcome to Owlswood Lodge,
Owlswood Lodge was completed in December 2007 and offers self-catering accommodation on the mainland of Orkney for up to 7 people. The house sits in an elevated position looking over Scapa Flow and the South Isles but is conveniently only 4 miles from Kirkwall.
The house has been built in a traditional style with welsh slate roof, flagstone floors and multi fuel stove but has all the comforts of modern living. Under floor heating, powered by an environmentally friendly ground source heat pump, ensures that the Lodge is always cosy even when Orkney experiences several changes of weather in one day!
The environment is very important to us and all our cleaning products are eco-friendly and all appliances energy efficiency ‘A’ rated. Our flag stones and stone for the dykes came from a local source and we encourage re-cycling. Owlswood Lodge also has a 5Kw Evance wind turbine to utilise renewable energy and provide electricity to the house . Surplus is exported to the national grid.
We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and were delighted in September 2008 to receive our Silver award. We were even more delighted in June 2010 to receive our Gold Award.
We are members of the RSPB and the house is located adjacent to Orkney’s Hobbister RSPB reserve – bird watching from the window! The open moorland near the house means there are lots of opportunities to see grouse, pheasant, snipe, lapwings (teeicks), curlew etc. and for keen bird watchers we regularly see a short eared owl (around tea time) and hen harriers too. Hobbister reserve includes Waulkmill bay which has acres of sand when the tide is out and is a bit of a sun trap on a bonnie day.
Orkney is a fisherman's paradise with lots of lochs for wild brown trout fishing and the long coastline offers plentiful opportunities for sea angling from boat or shore. We can arrange boat hire, ghillie services and visitor membership for the Orkney Trout Fishing Association prior to your visit. We can even arrange to have your 'big ones' vacuum packed and/or smoked for you to take home. The larger lochs of Harray, Stenness and Broadhouse are approximately 20 minutes' drive away and the smaller Kirbister Loch is just a 5 minute drive down the road - ideal for that evening 'dabble'!
Owlswood Lodge is the perfect base for your Orkney experience whether it is trout fishing at midnight, waiting patiently to see otters, beach combing on long sandy beaches, watching red throated divers on a moorland lochan, exploring historic sites, riding Atlantic breakers at the Bay of Skaill, hearing traditional music, discovering inspirational art, enjoying locally produced food or simply enjoying the peace and quiet.
In the building and planning of Owlswood Lodge we have tried to pay attention to all the details (large and small) which will make your holiday perfect and hope that you have a memorable experience in Orkney.
We look forward to meeting you soon...
Carol and Vince Mainland