Where are the toilets in Orkney?

Bryce Wilson's mermaid illustration from Tom Muir's The Mermaid Bride

Finding toilets in Orkney isn't hard.

That is, if you know where to look.

Restroom, bathroom, toilet, the loo ....

Whatever you call it, not having one when you need it is a pain. We're here to help you find the public toilet nearest to your location in Orkney.

Covid-19 public toilets in Orkney updates:

Orkney Islands Council plans to re-open some public toilets in the Orkney Islands on 15th July, 2020. However, Scottish Government guidance says that  all public toilets must be manned or cleaned four times a day, so not all toilets may be open. We can't really predict which toilets will be open in Orkney and which won't be. Sorry - everything's awkward these days. We will update if we get more concrete information.

Update: July 25 -Puiblic toilets re-opened so far:

* Travel Centre and St Magnus Lane in Kirkwall

*Pier Head and Ferry Road in Stromness

* Finstown

* Stenness

* St Mary’s 

* Cromarty Square in St Margaret’s Hope

Find more about coronavirus and Orkney travel on this page.

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Public toilet in Westray, OrkneySome of Orkney's restrooms are pretty cute, and in such scenic locations!

General loo lore: 

  • Most towns in Orkney have a public toilet, open 24 hours.
  • Bigger towns, like Kirkwall and Stromness, have several. 
  • The ferry terminals all seem to have bathrooms, but not all are open 24 hours.
  • Visitor's centers, libraries and most museums will have a rest room. For a very few you have to pay to get into the attraction, such as the small fee for the (very worthwhile) Stromness Museum, which gives you access to the museum for seven days. 
  • Of course, bathrooms in public buildings are available only during opening hours.
Public toilets in Orkney - Orkney Library and Archive

Others are open 24 hours a day for public convenience.

Public toilet at Warbeth Cemetery, Stromness, Orkney

And they're free!

No fumbling madly for coins, and there aren't any tricks to know. Just standard go-and-flush toilets, thank goodness.

We hope you enjoy your day in Orkney!

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Where to find toilets in Orkney? Find out at www.Orkneyology.com

Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!

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