Local Interests

Ashleigh is centrally situated and perfect for touring ‘Mainland’ Orkney. Stromness is 10 miles away and Kirkwall 14. There are several renowned archaeological places of interest in the West Mainland of Orkney and all are within a short drive, including the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae, Maes Howe and the Ring of Brodgar.

For those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as fishing or bird watching, there are very good trout fishing lochs nearby. There are many well stocked loch's and you can see the Harray Loch from the window and the Bosquoy, Boardhouse and Swannay Loch's are others located nearby. Many species of birds may be seen in Orkney, we are located within a short distance of an RSPB nature reserve in Birsay.

Because Orkney is quite flat, cycling and walking can be an enjoyable way of getting about. Cycle hire is easily available. There are a number of easy walks, which take circular routes from Ashleigh and they range from 40 minutes to 2 hours. Parts of these routes are along grass pathways. At Ashleigh we have a large garage where bicyles and outdoor wear can be safely stored when not in use.

Orkney is steeped in history, going as far back as Neolithic times, so you will never tire of things to see and do, whether you come in summer time and enjoy the long hours of daylight or if you come in winter for that break away from all the hassles of modern-day living.

In Orkney there is a large and varied range of locally produced crafts, art works and food for sale. From the traditional Orkney chair to photographic art, Orkney cheese and Orkney Fudge.

Jewellery is another craft which is popular in Orkney with a number of businesses selling their products direct from their workshops or available in shops in Kirkwall and Stromness. Many of their designs are inspired from shells, birds and ancient monuments giving a lasting momento from your visit.

Further information on what you can do during your visit can be found on the VisitOrkney website.