The Pig Shed is a stylish eco-friendly self catering studio for two people carrying the Gold award from Green Tourism. It is attached to Burnside Cottage B&B (the b&b has two suites which can accommodate up to 6 people).
It is situated 800m off the North Coast 500 route, a 10 minute drive to John O'Groats & a couple of minutes from the Gills Bay Orkney ferry. It has views out over our gardens, with open countryside & Orkney beyond.
The property & car park are all on one level & is dog friendly.
We welcome any enquires from guests with disabilities so we can discuss their needs and make all reasonable attempts will be made to meet these.
There is level access from the main entrance to:The Pig Shed self catering studio lounge areaThe Pig Shed self catering kitchen (within studio flat)The Pig Shed Self Catering BathroomSmoking area & picnic bench
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Burnside Cottage & The Pig Shed communal gardens & car park
Level access bedrooms
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
Pentland Ferries travels between Gills Bay & St Margarets Hope on Orkney. It is a short 1.25mile drive or a 25 minute walk from The Pig Shed (although there is no footpath and so can be difficult for those with mobility issues).
The bus service from Thurso & Wick can be irregular however taxi's are always available from both towns.
Travel by taxi
Due to being just a husband & wife team we do not have the capacity to offer a transfer service to visitors
The Pig Shed shares a car park with Burnside Cottage B&B but it has its own allocated parking space right next to the entrance.
Path to main entrance
The road to Burnside Cottage B&B + The Pig Shed does not have a path. The car park & path, from allocated parking space, to the entrance door way is all level. The threshold plate fitted to the doorframe has a small ramp. There is a very small drop between this small access ramp and the path which is filled with a rubber mat.
Burnside Cottage B&B + The Pig Shed is run by a husband & wife team (Stephen & Kacey George). They live on site and can help with luggage unless they are otherwise engaged (this is rare). If help is needed with baggage, this can be arranged before arrival.
Getting around inside
Self catering kitchen
The Pig Shed self catering kitchen (within studio flat)
All worktops, hob, microwave/combi oven & sink is at 900mm. There is no seperate oven within the studio. There are 3 doors to/within The Pig Shed; a main entrance door leading to a hallway, off the hallway are 2 further doors. One to the bathroom and one to the studio living/sleeping space.
The Pig Shed self catering studio lounge area
The living & sleeping space are all within one large 'studio' space. The hallway is spacious with all doors being 710mm.
The Pig Shed Self Catering Bathroom
The bathroom is off the hallway - the doorways are all 710mm
Getting around outside
The property, carpark and gardens are all on the same level expcept there is a 65mm lip/step onto the grassed area
Smoking area & picnic bench
The Pig Shed entrance / exit leads out onto the communal car park. to the left is the entrance to the b&b and beyond that there is a picnic bench near a wall mounted ashtray. To the right is the gravelled driveway and grassed area with pampas grass, a carved owl and views out over open farmland and Orkney beyond. Straight ahead is a graveled area with tractor tyre planters.
There are 3 parking spaces, one next to The Pig Shed is allocated to it, with two others for the b&b.
Customer care support
We have an external electricity point between the b&b entrance and the bench/smoking area that can be used weather permitting. We also have 4 private garages with power where we are happy to charge equipment if needed.
Emergency evacuation procedures
We only have 2 b&b suites and the self catering studio (which is attached to the b&b via a connecting locked door). Our fire safety plan is designed to ensure that all guests can be safely evacuated in the event of a fire.
Customer care support
Burnside Cottage B&B + The Pig Shed is operated by a husband & wife team (Kacey & Stephen) who live on site. Kacey's proffessional history before purchasing the business was in Adult Mental Health, Childrens Homes, Childrens Social Care & Secondary Schools. Within all of these areas she has undertaken disability awareness training.