Things to see and do - Kirkwall
Unmissable tourist sites
Kirkwall Travel guide
Kirkwall : Michelin's recommendations
Kirkwall stands at the northern tip of the Kirkwall-Scapa Isthmus linking the island’s eastern and western parts. The town, dominated by its splendid 800-year old cathedral, stretches up the hillside from the harbour. Kirkwall has always been the island's main settlement and was formerly a Viking trading post. Today, it is both the island's capital and commercial centre.
Tourist attractions Kirkwall : Things to see and do
Hoy GB - Stromness
The best moment to admire the breathtaking sight of the Old Man of Hoy (a 450m-high sea stack of red sandstone) rising out of the turbulent waters, is during the Pentland Firth Crossing, a 2hr ferry service between Stromness and Scrabster. The boat p..
GB - Kirkwall KW15 1PD
This tour combines important prehistoric sites (Rennibister Earth House, Wideford Hill Cairn, Gurness Broch...) with the tranquil agricultural landscape of the interior and the more dramatic coastal scenery. The tour may be taken in either direction ..
Watergate GB - Kirkwall KW15 1PD
Even in a state of ruin, this 17C palace shows off its fine architecture. It was built by Patrick Stewart, count of the Orkneys, who died in 1615. Built from 1600-1607, the palace is an example of the late Renaissance style. There is a splendid monu..
Ayre Road GB - Kirkwall KW15 1QX
Set in Orkney, family-run Ayre Hotel overlooks Kirkwall harbour. It offers local produce in its restaurant and traditionally styled rooms, most with free Wi-Fi. Rooms are each equipped with a flat-screen TV, telephone and free tea and coffee. Sea vi..
Dounby GB - Orkney KW17 2HT
Situated on the Orkney Island, 14 miles from Kirkwall, Smithfield Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with free parking, a bar, and a restaurant. Kirkwall airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Each recently refurbished room at Smithfield Hotel features f..
St Ola GB - Kirkwall KW15 1SF
Spacious restaurant boasting superb panoramic views over the Scapa Flow and the south islands. Traditional menu features local, seasonal produce, including Orcadian lamb and beef and plenty of fresh seafood. Homely, well-kept bedrooms haave simple co..
GB - Harray KW17 2LF
Ayre Rd. GB - Kirkwall KW15 1QX
GB - Burray KW17 2SS
Holm Rd GB - Kirkwall KW15 1SU
Front Rd GB - Saint Margaret's Hope KW17 2SL
Long-standing, family-run restaurant in a seafront village. Spacious dining room is hung with local oils and prints. Daily changing menu displays a fresh, traditional seafood base. Comfortable, cosy bedrooms boast modern, co-ordinated furnishings and..