The Foveran

‘What a delightful place! More

Contact details

The Foveran
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), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

local/Scottish traditional in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B single from £80, double from £120, D,B&B single from £105, double from £170. À la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What a delightful place!’ write regular Guide correspondents this year, of the Doull family’s restaurant-with-rooms. Overlooking Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney isles, it is ‘welcoming and comfortable’, with ‘helpful local staff’. It’s a showcase of all things Orcadian, from the art and craft pieces on display to the bere bunno (a traditional flatbread) baked daily. Showing off, too, the scrumptious strengths of the islands, Paul Doull and Roddy Belford’s short seasonal menus depend on local suppliers for the vegetables, cheese, meat and seafood served in the popular, newly extended restaurant. ‘Our Blue Badge guide told us she’s never been able to eat there as it’s always booked up. And rightly so – the food is delicious, especially the Orkney scallops and the North Ronaldsay mutton.’ Well fed, consider a nightcap by the pellet stove in the lounge (whiskies from local distilleries, of course) before heading to one of the simply furnished bedrooms. Rest well – in the morning, breakfast, with local black pudding and sausages, home-made preserves and traditional Scottish bannocks, is ‘delightful’, too. (Mary and Rodney Milne-Day)

As featured in these Good Hotel Guide articles


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

Have you stayed here?
Submit a review

Tourist attractions