History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Ship Inn, North Ness, Hoy

A Category C Listed Building in Stromness and South Isles, Orkney Islands

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 58.8052 / 58°48'18"N

Longitude: -3.2037 / 3°12'13"W

OS Eastings: 330552

OS Northings: 991473

OS Grid: ND305914

Mapcode National: GBR L5GG.74X

Mapcode Global: WH6BN.RYM8

Plus Code: 9CCRRQ4W+3G

Entry Name: Ship Inn, North Ness, Hoy

Listing Name: Walls (Hoy), 1 North Ness (Formerly the Ship Inn)

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352952

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18811

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Flotta

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Parish: Walls And Flotta

Traditional County: Orkney

Find accommodation in
Holm of Houton


Probably early 19th century. Single and 2-storey; rectangular-plan house (formerly public house), comprising 2-storey, 3-bay main block with small single storey section at N end. Symmetrical design with regularly disposed openings and crowstepped gables. Rendered and pebble-dashed with inserted concrete cills to to windows. Older harl on W Elevation.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to main block. Flanking windows to each floor and one above. Single storey section to right; entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to left; window to right.

W ELEVATION: small near-central window to each floor to main block. Small single storey coursed rubble lean-to addition to left (window to front; entrance to left return). Single storey section to left; window to left.

S ELEVATION: window to left of each floor to gable end of main block.

N ELEVATION: blank gable end of single storey section projects. Blank gable end of main block set back.

Replacement 2-pane timber windows with top-hung upper casements. Stone slate roof to main block; concrete tiles to single storey section. Gablehead stacks with concrete coping to either side (N and S) of main block; one to single storey section; round cans.

INTERIOR: not inspected (2000).

Statement of Interest

Probably of early 19th century date, the building occupies a prominent waterfront site in North Ness. It was in use as an inn by the early 20th century (as is shown by a photograph in the NMRS). The single storey section is said to have been a later addition, built as a post office. It is not clear whether it is contemporary with the main block (possibly built as an office) or slightly later (although stylistically it appears to be identical).

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.