There are virtually endless opportunities for
outdoor activities. The following list is far from complete but
gives a good taste of what is on offer: -
Walking and cycling - there
are a number of good shoreline and hillside walks in the vicinity
and the area is well frequented by cyclists. For adventure
further afield and/or daytrips, there is the added advantage
of fast and frequent access by ferry to the nearby islands
of Flotta and Hoy.
- Houton Bay seal colony is on the doorstep, and the RSPB
Hobbister Bird Reserve is nearby.
Historic sites - we are close to
the ancient Round Kirk and Orkneyinga Saga Centre at Orphir,
and within easy access of many of the other major historical
sites on mainland Orkney.
- Dive boats head out daily from Stromness to explore the wrecks
of Scapa Flow. Often these vessels call in at Houton Bay during
- A brief drive or bus journey will take you to the major
towns of Kirkwall and Stromness, for a shopping trip, sports,
cinema, and theatre or just a day or night out.
Houton Bay Lodge is an ideal base for visiting
Skara Brae, Standing Stones, Maeshowe and the many other
archaeological sites throughout Orkney mainland.