The village is named after an Irishman called Phin, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, who in 1822 built an ale house
here called the Toddy Hole. Later in the 1800s the Toddy Hole was replaced by what is now the Pomona Inn.
Our modern accommodation is conveniently located in Finstown, just off the A965 main Kirkwall to Stromness road. This provides good access to transport links to and within Orkney.
Finstown is a thriving centre, with a shop, post office, pub, art gallery and riding school nearby.
The Lodges are a great base for exploring Orkney. From here, there is easy access to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site and its archaeological treasures.
The Lodges are set on the shoreline, with the heather-covered Heddle Hill rising up behind. Seals, otters, eider ducks and many wading birds are regularly seen in the area, as well as short-eared owls and hen harriers up on the hill.
The Cuween Cairn, a Stone Age monument, stands on the hill above Finstown. Excavations here uncovered 24 dog skulls, suggesting they had special significance for the Neolithic people. The Cairn also commands a wonderful view across the Bay of Firth towards the North Isles - the short walk is well worth the effort!
The West Mainland has so much to offer within easy reach - lovely walks, sandy beaches, RSPB nature reserves, freshwater lochs for trout fishing, local museums, craft workshops and tearooms.
There are ferries to the outlying islands from Tingwall (Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre)), Houton (Hoy, Flotta and Graemsay) and Kirkwall (Eday, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray).
Beyond Kirkwall lies the East Mainland, Deerness and the linked South Isles, reached via the historic Churchill Barriers. Ideally located in the centre of all this are the Atlantis Lodges - right in the heart of Orkney!