A small hotel looking over Kirkwall Bay and the north isles beyond, the Lynnfield has a country-house feel with ten bedrooms and a wood-panelled lounge complete with peat fire, comfy sofas and over 360 malt whiskies – including some rare expressions of Highland Park, the UK’s northernmost distillery which is just metres from the hotel. With a reputation for high-end dining, the Lynnfield is a destination restaurant as well as a comfortable place to stay. The dining room has lovely views over Kirkwall, but the dishes that come out of the kitchen are just as beautiful. Elegant and modern, this is special occasion food with a clear love of seasonal Orkney produce and belief in provenance. Farm sources and suppliers are mentioned by name on the menu, which hints and suggests flavour combinations like ‘scallop, rhubarb, celery’ and ‘monkfish, caulifower, sea beet’. The unique flavour of seaweed-fed North Ronaldsay mutton features in the mains, while desserts might include a Scapa whisky parfait and coffee is served with ‘peedie fours’. It’s Orkney to the core, bringing traditional produce and flavours right up to date.