St Margaret’s Hope


St Margaret’s Hope is a picturesque old fishing village on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, formerly the commercial centre for Orkney’s South Isles. To the west lies Scapa Flow, one of the great natural harbours of the world. Norway is to the east, and the Scottish mainland is an hour’s ferry trip away on Pentland Ferries to the south. South Ronaldsay is connected to Burray and the Orkney Mainland by the Churchill Barriers, causeways built during the Second World War to protect Royal Navy ships in the Flow.

The village is the third-largest settlement in Orkney after Kirkwall and Stromness and has a healthy range of community activities. Click for details of local services and activities.

All of the members of Hope Cohousing have been heavily involved with local initiatives – and on these pages, we feature three: Marengo Community Garden, The Workshop and Loft Gallery, and The Cromarty Hall.

updated: July 12, 2022