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UK Scotland Scottish Isles Orkney Wheems Organic Farm

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Dogs Allowed
The campsite looks south and east towards the sea; beaches and cliffs can be reached on foot in 5 minutes and by car in 2 minutes. The camping fields are sculpted into level terraces and planted with shrubs.

The Owner Says

Wheems is an ecological and organic 6 hectare horticulture and animal smallholding, producing organic food for a local market. Wheems farm buildings are 200 years old and have been renovated using local, traditional and sustainable materials.

The Campsite at Wheems is in an elevated field with stone dykes, looking south and east towards the sea; beaches and cliffs can be reached on foot in 5 minutes and by car in 2 minutes. The camping fields are sculpted into level terraces and planted with shrubs. There are hot showers, toilets and utilities including washing machine and drying line.

We also have a shower block with 4 showers, 4 loos, 3 washing up sinks and a washing machine (£1.50 incl soap)

Our kitchen is basic but fully equipped with an open kitchen area, kettles, pots, pans, crockery, small oven, 4 hobs, fridge freezer. The kitchen does not have a door and everything in there is second hand or upcycled, it is open to the weather - camping style.  There is a solwise wifi plug in the kitchen, the password is on the plug.

We have a honesty Shop and potted herb garden organic wholefoods, fresh eggs, bread, in season organic produce from the farm. Please help yourself to the herbs and salad leaves that we have planted for you, there is a watering can so if the plants look thirsty please feel free to help us water them!

You can drive onto the camp ground to offload your things but we like to keep the campground free of cars as the view is better without them and there are sometimes children running around.  The car park is signposted at the top of the track on your left beyond the tractor shed, parking in the car park is free.

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About Wheems Organic Farm

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs (on leads), small caravans, big groups, young groups – yes. Large caravans – no.

Nearby

Make a pilgrimage to the tiny chapel, built by Italian POWs held here during the Second World War. They also built the causeways that link South Ronaldsay with the ‘mainland’. The interior of the chapel is just as striking as anything you’d find in Rome. An even shorter walk away, you'll find a pristine sandy beach, which is also the starting point of a fabulous 10-mile circular hike. Alternatively hop in the car and drive 20 minutes to Kirkwall, where you can wander around the labyrinth of stone-paved streets, or visit the gallery and co-operative craft and gift shop, in St Margaret’s Hope (01856 831587).

Food & Drink

Wheems’ own organic fruit, veg and eggs are on sale in their shop. For fresh seafood with a sea view, try Skerries Bistro (01856 831605) on the very southern tip of the island. In St Margaret’s Hope, Robertsons (01856 831889) serves delicious local beers, while those that visit The Italian Chapel (see above) will be a short hop from The Orkney Wine Company (01856 781736), where you can take a tour and sample their entire range of fruit wines and liqueurs (as well as J. Gow Rum from next door).

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Location

Wheems Organic Farm is located at Wheems, Eastside, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ

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Getting There

The easiest way to reach Wheems Farm is to take the ferry from Gills Bay on mainland Scotland to St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, which is just a couple of miles from the farm. There are also summer passenger ferries from John O'Groats to Berwick on South Ronaldsay, and from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, a half-hour drive away. It takes about the same amount of time to drive from Kirkwall airport.

There’s a reasonably frequent bus service in the summer months from Kirkwall to St Margaret’s Hope (plus there’s the ferry) but then it’s a 2-mile walk from the village.