If you would like to find out more and discuss your holiday arrangements, have questions about availability or, indeed, anything you would like to know about Orkney in general please feel free to ask.
BOOKING a holiday at our self catering accommodation:
You can make a direct reservation by using the ‘Check availability & book online’ button above and at the top of each website page.
Our normal standard package is £455 (during high season) for seven nights starting on a Saturday afternoon (normally after 3.00pm but currently 5pm due to Covid safety measures) and leaving the following Saturday morning by 10.00am.
At certain times of the year it may be possible to book extra nights around a week’s stay and these would be charged at £65 per night. Outwith the high season there may be special rates or, if you cannot make it for an entire week, we may consider renting a 3-6 day shorter stay.
Our holiday letting charge includes WiFi, towels, bed linen and all electricity with no extra charge. We will ask you to forward a £120 non-refundable deposit per week to secure your booking immediately, and we will then contact you four weeks prior to arrival to request that you pay the balance.
N.B Should Covid 19 restrictions prevent guests keeping the booking we do refund deposit and and balance paid.
For further information regarding bookings and cancellation terms and conditions please see under FAQs.
LOCATION on Birsay Bay, West Mainland, Orkney
Annie's Place is in the centre of the historic village of Palace, Birsay, on West Mainland coast of Orkney, close by the World Heritage Neolithic sites and the ongoing excavations at the Ness of Brodgar. The adjoining map highlights our location and shows proximity to the sea. If you have visited Palace village in recent years, and if you now choose to come and stay at Annie's Place, you will realise that Google's street view is out of date and does not correctly show recent up-grades to Annie's Place and the immediate village area. Sadly, the view was also taken on a rather dismal day!
The photos below give an accurate picture of Annie's Place and its location.
Our holiday apartment is in the self contained, ground floor of The Old Manse, the residence built in the 1760's for the minister of the adjacent St Magnus Church. The apartment overlooks the kirkyard with the ruins of the 16th century Earl's Palace close by. Guests comment very positively about this unique view, as well as the fact that the village shop, Palace Stores, is conveniently next door. Birsay Bay Tearoom is just a short stroll up the road for some of the best baking available in Orkney.
From Annie's Place doorstep you can walk in either direction along the coastal path of St Magnus Way or cycle along the newly developed St Magnus Cycle Routes. The tidal Island of Brough of Birsay is just a 10 minutes easy walk along the shoreline. You can look out for birds of land and sea, as well as seals while you saunter along. If you have to wait for low tide to safely reveal the causeway to the island, then you can pass the time amongst the sand and rock pools searching for crabs and cowrie shells, much sought after here and know locally as "groatie buckies".
Annie's Place is on a private lane which leads up past our flower garden to the shoreline wall, with a gate onto the grassy path along Birsay Bay. There we have a shoreline bench for guests to sit and read, eat a snack, enjoy a drink or simply just to relax and marvel at the view across the bay to the Marwick Head cliffs on the left and Brough of Birsay to the right. Throughout the year, Birsay Bay can be teeming with a range of birdlife. During the spring months there can be up to 50 swans surfing the waves and feeding along the shore near the burn which flows into the bay from Loch of Boardhouse; where fishing is free! Seals love to bask on the rocks or, when the tide is in, they swim past to size you up or to enjoy some flipper fun with one another! In the summer, gannets dive further out in the bay, and on occasions orca can be seen at a distance moving across the horizon on their way to Shetland waters.
If you want to read more information about Palace village, its history, places to visit close by, and walks in the area then click on this link to take you through to the Birsay Heritage Trust.