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The Smithfield Hotel stands at the crossroads where the A986 and B9057 meet
Dounby is located in Orkney Islands
Dounby shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY290207
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ORKNEY
Postcode district KW17
Dialling code 01856
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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Coordinates: 59°04′05″N 3°13′52″W / 59.068°N 3.231°W / 59.068; -3.231

Dounby (UK /ˈdnb/) is a village on Mainland in Orkney, in the north of Scotland.

Dounby village is situated at the crossroads of what are now the A986 and B9057,[1][2] and has grown close to the meeting point of the three parishes of Sandwick, Birsay and Harray (mainly lying in Sandwick). It features a Co-operative Food store,[3] a doctor's surgery, pharmacy, care home, pub, post office, hairdressers, church and a community school that serve Birsay, Dounby, Harray, Sandwick, Stenness, and Twatt.

The West Mainland Agricultural Show (commonly called the Dounby Show) occurs here every August on the Thursday before the Orkney County Show The County show is always the 2nd Saturday in August.


  1. ^ "A986". Sabre. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "B9057". Sabre. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Co Op Food in Dounby". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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