Stanger HeadSouth to the Pentland Firth
Old School House, Flotta. (Island)

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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About this listing

Old School House makes a good base for your holiday in Orkney, or as a stop for two or three nights. The main bedroom has a double bed; a travel cot or supplementary mattress is available.

Choose between self-catering and B&B.

Access to Flotta is via Orkney Ferries ro-ro service Monday-Saturday. Anyone wishing to arrive on Sunday please contact me first for information.

The space

My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and families (with kids). An additional bedroom can be made available, with sufficient notice. Access to Flotta is via Orkney Ferries ro-ro service Monday-Saturday. Anyone wishing to arrive on Sunday please contact me first for information.

Your room has a double bed and is available for single occupancy from £20 per night, and an additional £10 per night for a second person.

The bathroom is adjacent to your room; it benefits from both a full size bath and separate shower cubicle.

I will be on hand to help with any requirements you may have.

Guest access

Your bedroom, bathroom. By arrangement only, kitchen.

Interaction with guests

I will be here most of the time and will be happy to help you with local information. Whether you want to keep yourself to yourself, or socialise is entirely up to you.

Other things to note

The advertised rate per night includes optional breakfast and tea or coffee is available at other times. During the summer a community cafe operates from 12 - 3.30pm other than Sundays. There are no other places to eat out on the island, so you will need to choose what to do before you come if you wish to eat at other times.

The options are these:
Bed and breakfast. (Breakfast included with standard booking)
Self-catering. (All meals. Recommended for longer bookings)
B&B + evening meal. (Extra charge)*
At my discretion, B&B guests may use the kitchen to prepare other meals.

If you choose self-catering, please bring your supplies with you; there is a shop and post office on the island, but it has a limited range of goods in stock and no alcohol license. Alternatively, I can provide meals in addition to breakfast, by prior arrangement. Please ask for prices.*

*Evening meals by prior arrangement only, due to shopping limitations.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12AM (midnight)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Taru User Profile
August 2017
Nigel's place is perfect if you like stay somewhere remote but still quite accesible. In my opinion, the ferry connections are good. When the whole family is home it can sometimes get a bit hectic but otherwise everything was good and Nigel was a lovely host!

Wee User Profile
August 2017
Flotta looked like a lovely wee island and Nigel was a very good, friendly, welcoming host.

Will User Profile
July 2017
Great room and bathroom in a very special place in the Orkneys. Nigel is a great host and is very well informed about the island sights and history and well.. about everything really. We checked out the local wildlife and military remains, and used Flotta as a base for listing Hoy, which it was perfect for.

We very much enjoyed taking the ferry and hiking to and from Nigel's home and around the beautiful island of Flotta. This is the place to choose if you want an isolated experience off the tourist route and to enjoy genuine island hospitality. The room is cosy with a lovely view and Nigel provided a generous breakfast including his home baked bread . We enjoyed the little Heritage Centre and a simple lunch at the Community Cafe.

Kitte User Profile
July 2017
Nigel's home is a delightful, peaceful stay on an island with much undisturbed wilderness around it to explore. Flotta is a haven for birdwatchers and botanists! The beaches are spectacular. Nigel is a warm and friendly host and his pet turkey hen is happy to give you all the latest gossip on the island.

Susan User Profile
June 2017
My two weeks on Flotta was just what I look for in airbnb. The room is great value for money, it is spacious and tidy as is the adjacent bathroom, which I had largely to myself. Nigel is very welcoming and a good conversationalist. It was no problem using the kitchen and laundry, although it can get busy as you are part of a functioning family space especially when his two young boys are home. Not having a car, it took me 25 minutes to walk from the house to the ferry terminal, although anyone driving past usually offered a lift. It is a small but friendly community that you can get involved in if you want. Bus connections on the mainland are good but not frequent, with some planning I had no ploblem reaching all the main Orkney sights and most islands from here in the first week, the second I spent enjoying the annual St Magnus festival, daytime events only as last ferry back is at 1730hrs. The house is set in farmland and freerange poultry so expect the usual farmhouse noises at dawn.

Clément User Profile
May 2017
Nigel was a really good host. We have enjoyed our stay at his home. He was a really nice person to speak with and a nice guide to help to organize our trip. So, don't be afraid to come on flotta it's not a big issue to travel within orkney. Especially if you have a car.
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May 2017

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