Arctic Tern (19 at Wheems Organic Farm)
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.
On arrival you will see the timber pods at the top of the track. Your name will be on the blackboard outside your pod and the pods all have the relevant bird painted on the outside. Looking up the hill, Arctic Tern is beside Heron pod lower down the hill on the right nearest the sea, close to the campers kitchen. Please make yourself at home when you arrive, there is a key in your door.
The pods are 8'10" x 6'6" / 2.69m x 1.98m they fit up to 4 people on futons but 2-3 is better as you may need the floor space. They have bedding, towels, blankets, lamps, electric sockets and a heater.
Each pod has 4 futon mattresses that fold up or roll up. We can provide a bedding for a couple on the futons together and this includes a double mattress topper / dble fitted sheet / duvet / pillows. Let me know otherwise singles will be provided.
You don’t need to visit reception unless you need to pay your balance / require anything / would like to say hello!
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.
About Wheems Organic Farm
Tents, campervans, dogs (on leads), small caravans, big groups, young groups – yes. Large caravans – no.
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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Wheems Organic Farm is located at Wheems, Eastside, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ
The easiest route from the mainland is the passenger ferry from John o’Groats to Burwick or the car ferry from Gills Bay, to St Margaret’s Hope. Follow the road from the Gills Ferry up through the village to the top of the hill and the main road to Kirkwall. Turn right then left (at the soldier’s statue). Follow this road for a mile or so until the crossroads (where there’s a postbox). Go straight over and the farm is down the hill on the left.
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.