Nether Onston in Stenness, Orkney - What's nearby
Nether Onston is ideally placed for an Orkney holiday - it is so central to all of the main historical sites of interest. We struggle to think of another self catering property so close to the Standing Stones of Stenness. The giant (6 metres high) neolithic standing stones are only 2 miles away, a half an hour walk. The Ring of Brodgar, an amazing stone circle, which once consisted of 60 standing stones is another mile on. Between them is The Ness of Brodgar, a 5,000 year old temple, described as 'the most important archaeological dig in the world today'.
Nether Onston is located just off the main road between the towns of Stromness and Kirkwall. It is three miles from Stromness, Orkney's second largest town and the port of call for the NorthLink ferry from Scrabster. Stromness is a lovely town with great pubs and restaurants and we recommend getting your meat and bread locally from Stromness! If diving is your thing - the dive boats to explore the wrecks of Scapa Flow leave from Stromness. If you fancy a day trip to Hoy to see the famous seastack, the Old Man of Hoy or the highest vertical cliff in Britain, St John's Head, the foot passenger ferry also leaves from Stromness.
Nether Onston is one mile from the village of Stenness, where there is a shop, garage and filling station, post office, playpark, pub and restaurant and even an ice cream parlor serving delicious Orkney ice cream. As it's on the main bus route between Stromness and Kirkwall, Nether Onston would even be super accommodation for those taking public transport. Another three miles along the bus route and you'll find Maeshowe - a stunning Neolithic tomb which was once invaded by Vikings and now contains the finest collection of Viking runes and carvings in Western Europe.
There are other great places to visit nearby. Skara Brae, an amazingly well-preserved neolithic village is seven miles away on the west coast. Travel northwards and you'll spot Marwick Head, a superb sea bird cliff, with a monument to Earl Kitchener. You'll be familiar with Kitchener's face from the 'Your Country Needs You' Posters - the memorial marks the spot where his ship sank with a loss of 643 lives. Further north you'll find the Brough of Birsay, a tidal island with a small lighthouse. The lighthouse here is one of the best places on the Orkney Mainland to see puffins! Other treats on this road include the Broch of Gurness, an Iron Age fortress with superb views of the North Isles.
Nether Onston is only 14 miles from Orkney's main town of Kirkwall, and this is where the NorthLink ferry from Aberdeen lands and is the site of Orkney's main airport. There are lovely shops, pubs and restaurants here and several super markets. In the centre of Kirkwall stands St Magnus Cathedral, a red stone Cathedral dedicated to a Viking Earl.
When travelling out of Kirkwall to the South Isles of Burray and South Ronaldsay you'll find much more recent history - relics of World War 2. The South Isles are joined by a causeway with a road on top known as Churchill's Barriers. These were originally built as a defence against submarines. On the tiny island of Lambs Holm is the Italian Chapel - a beautiful place of worship built from two nissan huts and scrap materials by the Italian Prisoners of War who helped build the Barriers. On South Ronaldsay is the lovely little town of St Margaret's Hope - the port of call for the Pentland Ferries boat from Gill's Bay.
We think that you'll find Nether Onston the perfect base for your visit to Orkney. There are two great trout fishing lochs on your doorstep, and peaceful countryside all around. You'll enjoy seeing the working farm next door and making friends with the animals. On an evening, you'll love watching sunsets on the loch and enjoying Orkney's big skies filled with birds. Contact us today for a perfect Orkney holiday at Nether Onston!