UK Scotland Scottish Isles Orkney Wheems Organic Farm

  • Sleeps 3 (max 3 adults, 2 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Electricity
  • Wifi
  • Dogs Allowed
Our small renovated traditional cottage, overlooking bays and cliffs. Walk out onto your own patio and terrace with great views of the sea. Help yourself to herbs and salad leaves that we have planted for you, if the plants look thirsty please feel free to water them!

The Owner Says

Wheems Cottage is a small renovated traditional cottage, overlooking bays and cliffs and 5 minutes walk away and 2 miles from village, ferry and bus. It is situated on small organic vegetable farm and has solar and ground source heating. The property is connected to the main farmhouse, with sliding door onto its own front door onto a sea view patio and terrace.  This cosy little cottage has one bedroom with double bed, one sofa-bed in living room, small bath and shower room, a kitchen and living area with double glass sliding doors onto the terrace.

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

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!

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Book with complete confidence at Wheems Organic Farm with the Cool Camping Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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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.


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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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews


Quirky farm campsite.

Quirky farm/ campsite. Thought it all abit ‘messy’ at first but the place grew on me as it’s truly organic and peaceful. The views are to die for. Lovely walks and had a fabulous stroll along the beach - beautiful and very relaxing. Owner/staff very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a lovely stay x

This is how camping should be!

The situation is stunning, with beautiful views whichever direction you look. The relaxed atmosphere and low key presence of the owners enables guests to relax immediately and feel at home. We soon found our way around and what we couldnt find there was always a friendly person at hand to help. the facilites are definitely basic and simple but this is what charms you in the end. It is like another world, having only what we need in a spirit of sharing and kindness. We loved it and will hopefully be back next year. Thankyou so much!

Very friendly and helpful, with thoughtful, very clean facilities.

Sophie looked after us extremely well. A lot of thought has gone into how the site is set up and operates.

Beautiful site, lovely facilities, warm welcome, stunning views and good value!

We really enjoyed our stay here at the end of July and early August. Such a laid back atmosphere, lovely facilities. Nothing too much trouble and the fresh vegetables in the honesty shop were brilliant. We'll definitely be back!

Beautiful and charming place for a holiday

This was actually the second time I've stayed at Wheems, myself and those in my my group have used the grass pitch for a tent, a camper van pitch, an eco cabin and the yurt. I would give 5 stars to all. The pitches are designed so that as little of the view is obscured as possible and even when it's busy you can't lose the magic of the sea view and the atmospheric pink skies at sundown. The beach is a short walk or drive away, very accessible, and beautifully sandy, clean and always relatively quiet. Nothing on Orkney is far away but South Ronaldsay is home to woods, beaches, tombs, cliffs, wartime batteries and Skerries restaurant (which is a must visit if you like seafood). At the site the toilets and showers are always clean, the kitchen and dining area is very useful and a great way to chat to other holiday makers who might have hints and tips of where to visit. The honesty shop provides essentials and you can even order fresh eggs and baked bread from the farm. I love it at Wheems, the people are friendly and down to earth and the facilities are environmentally conscious and clean. I will no doubt return every year and look forward to bringing my children here in future.
Aug 17, 2020 by Bryony Good Verified Review
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Wheems Organic Farm is located at Wheems, Eastside, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ

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Getting There

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.