Local services in St Margaret’s Hope

contents: health and care services ¦ transport ¦ toilets ¦ shops ¦ restaurants and hotels ¦ community centres and activities ¦ other attractions ¦ events

Health and care services

Daisy Villa, Doctors Road: GP and health clinics – www.daisyvilla.co.uk.

Braeburn Court, St Margaret’s Road: an extra care facility managed by Orkney Islands Council – https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/S/adult-respite-and-short-breaks_contacts.htm.


Stagecoach X1: bus service to Kirkwall and Stromness with frequent buses Monday-Saturday – https://www.stagecoachbus.com/routes/north-scotland/x1/stromness-hamnavoe-st-margaret-s-hope-ferry-terminal/xiax001.o. [There are no bus stop signs – but three stops are marked on the map for the route to Kirkwall and Stromness. You can also hail the bus].

Pentland Ferries: service to Gills Bay, Caithness operates from the pier – www.pentlandferries.co.uk.

Electric vehicle charging points: in the car parks on Church Road and at Braeburn Court.


There are public toilets and a waiting area on the corner of School Road and St Margaret’s Road (next to the Smiddy Museum).


The Old Trading Post, Back Road: open daily for general provisions, post office services (including cash), off-licence and newspapers – https://www.facebook.com/OldTradingPostOrkney/.

B. Doull and Son, Church Road: open Monday-Saturday for general provisions – http://doulls.co.uk/

The Workshop and Loft Gallery, Front Road: a craft producers’ co-operative selling knitwear and local crafts, and art gallery – www.workshopandloftgallery.co.uk.

Restaurants and hotels

Murray Arms Hotel, Back Road: Bar, seafood restaurant and accommodation – www.themurrayarmshotel.com.

Robertson’s Coffeehoose, Church Road: licensed restaurant and bar – https://www.facebook.com/coffeehoosebar/.

The Bellevue Hotel, Front Road: Bar and accommodation – http://www.thebellevueinn.com/.

There is also a takeaway fish and chip and a burger bar van operating in the village.

Community centres and facilities

St Margaret’s Church, Church Road: Church of Scotland kirk and community centre –  https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheHopeKirk/about/.

Cromarty Hall, Cromarty Square: A venue for many community events including dancing, film shows, craft fairs, book sales, the hall is also available for private hires – www.cromartyhall.co.uk.

Marengo Centre, Marengo Road, has a community room available for hire as well as an en-suite double room and a laundry facility – https://en-gb.facebook.com/marengocentre/.

Marengo Community Garden, Marengo Road: open to all – https://www.facebook.com/marengo.garden/.

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Community Garden

Community Play Park, Back Road: There is a pedestrian entrance on Back Road, but if you are in a car it is best to park in the car park on Church Street. Walk for a few seconds along Thorfinn Place, and take the short path to the park beyond the turn – https://www.facebook.com/hopeplaypark/.

St Margaret’s Hope Healthy Living Centre, School Road (next to the school): Gym and fitness centre provided by Orkney Islands Council. https://www.facebook.com/hopehealthylivingcentre.

Bowling Club and Tennis courts, School Road: https://www.bowlschat.com/directory/clubs/st-margaret-s-hope-bowling-club.

South Ronaldsay Golf Club, St Margaret’s Road: Said to be the most challenging course in Orkney, it is open 7 days a week. Visitors are welcome and tees booked on the website – https://southronaldsaygolf.com/

Hope Community School, School Road:  – https://www.vikingnewmedia.net/hope/.

Other attractions    

Smiddy Museum Smiddy Museum, School Road: open in the summer season, the Smiddy Museum is a restored blacksmith’s Smiddy. It contains equipment and machinery ranging over the past century, along with a collection of horse-drawn implements and other smiddy-made artefacts. It also houses photographic archives of local village and island life – https://en-gb.facebook.com/smiddymuseum/.


The Festival of the Horse and Ploughing Match: one of Orkney’s unique occasions that dates back two centuries – https://www.orkney.com/events/festival-of-the-horse-ploughing-match and http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/festivalofhorse.htm.

South Ronaldsay and Burray Agricultural Show, a popular event for local farmers, communities and families – https://www.orkney.com/events/south-ronaldsay-and-burray-agricultural-show and https://www.facebook.com/SouthRonaldsayBurrayAgriculturalSociety

Sooth Isles Craft Fairs, Cromarty Hall: local craft people exhibiting their work – https://www.facebook.com/South-Isles-Craft-Fairs-240242836455908/.

Details of community groups and activities can be found on the noticeboards at Robertsons, Doulls and the Old Trading Post.