OVERVIEW Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands, off the east coast of northern Scotland. And, despite being the biggest town in the Orkneys, it’s still pretty damn remote. The Albert Hotel fits in perfectly with the feel of a place where everyone knows everyone, and a Friday night on the town consists of farmers knocking back a few pints in the local pub. It’s charmingly old-fashioned and light on frills, much like Kirkwall itself.

WOW FACTOR If you like a full English, you’re in for a stunner at the Albert, which serves up the most flavoursome slab of black pudding we’ve ever tasted.

ROOMS Cute and cosy, and all about the beige, they feel like grandma’s spare room – in a good way.    

BILL PLEASE From £80pn, including breakfast.

Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1JZ

Flights from London Gatwick to Aberdeen start from £22.99 one-way (easyjet.com). Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall start from £54.99 one-way with LoganAir (flybe.com).