The Foveran

A passion for all things Orcadian is evident in this award-winning restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Scapa Flow. More

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The Foveran
St Ola
Orkney Islands
KW15 1SF
01856 872389

Hotel information


8. All on ground floor.


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 person B&B single £80, D,B&B single £105 per night, double/twin £120 per room per night, D,B,&B £170 per room per night. À la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A passion for all things Orcadian is evident in this award-winning restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Scapa Flow. From the art and craft pieces on display in the fire-warmed lounge, to the stone-ground beremeal flour in the home-baked bere bunno loaf, local wins the day. Unpretentious and relaxed, this is a family affair: chef/patron Paul Doull and his wife, Helen, bought the single-storey hotel in 2000; they run it with Paul’s brother, Hamish, and sister-in-law, Shirley. ‘Friendly, helpful’ staff welcome guests into the spacious dining room overlooking countryside and sea. Here, fish and Kirkwall Bay shellfish, North Ronaldsay mutton, Orkney beef and locally made cheeses are mainstays of the short menu, along with the odd slug of peaty Highland Park whisky. The locals, who ‘rate it highly for a night out’, can’t be wrong – try crispy Grimbister Farm cheese, plum and ginger dip; sea bass, prawns, pak choi. Retire, afterwards, to simple, pretty bedrooms. At breakfast, sausages and black pudding come from local suppliers, preserves are home made.

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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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