The Foveran

A passion for all things Orcadian infuses this ‘delightful’ and ‘welcoming’ restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney islands. More

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St Ola
Orkney Islands
KW15 1SF
01856 872389

Hotel information


8. All on ground floor, 
1 single room with bathroom across the hall.


Apr–early Oct, by arrangement at other times, restaurant closed variable times in Apr, Oct.


lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 12-acre grounds (private rock beach), restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

local/Scottish traditional in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single from £85, double from £125, 
D,B&B (for dinner up to £30) single from £112, double from £180. 
A la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A passion for all things Orcadian infuses this ‘delightful’ and ‘welcoming’ restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney islands. Guests can sit in a traditional Orkney chair (‘more comfortable than it looks’), admire a tapestry made by a cousin of the owners, and enjoy a hint of local whisky in such dishes as Orkney fillet steak topped with caramelised onions, a puff pastry lattice and creamy Highland Park sauce. Brothers Paul and Hamish Doull and their wives, Helen and Shirley, are hands-on owners, with a staff of ‘friendly and helpful’ young locals. Bedrooms are small and spruce, with good toiletries, nothing fancy. But then, this is first and foremost a restaurant, open for dinner only which, as a reader observes, ‘makes a subtle difference’ – including no check-in before 4.30 pm. There are panoramic, big sky views from the sea-facing lounge and the popular restaurant where, along with that fillet steak, Paul Doull’s menus showcase North Ronaldsay mutton, local lamb, shellfish and seafood. At breakfast there are free-range eggs, local sausages and black pudding, home-made bread, bannocks and preserves. (MM-D)

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The Foveran
St Ola
Orkney Islands
KW15 1SF

Guest comments

'What a delightful place, welcoming and comfortable. The food was delicious especially the scallops. The staff were young and Scottish, very helpful. ' - Mary Milne-Day - July, 2016
'Very much a restaurant-with-rooms rather than a hotel. The menu only changes (probably) once a week, and then not very much. But owner/chef Paul offered to vary some of the dishes for us, to give more choice. And there were good daily specials. The staffs were all very friendly and helpful. The dining room is very pleasant, with wonderful sea views. It was busy each night -- plenty of local. Our room was in the older part of the building, and overlooked the sea: The lounge was comfortable, with good views, plenty of seating. ' - Jill Bennett - September, 2013

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide