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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.

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  • Old Man of Hoy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Hoy GB - Stromness KW16

    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..

  • Western Mainland Recommended Recommended

    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 ..

  • St Magnus Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    st. Broad GB - Kirkwall KW15 1NX

    Built by Count Rognvald and dedicated to his murdered uncle, Count Magnus, this new romanesque style cathedral (1137-1152) is a contemporary of Durham and the nave of Dunfermline Abbey. Severe and with little decoration, the exterior is dominated by ..

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Hotels Kirkwall

  • The Kirkwall Hotel

    Harbour Street GB - Kirkwall KW15 1LE

    Looking out across the harbour of the Orkney Islands’ largest town, The Kirkwall Hotel features a high-quality restaurant and bar along with stylish en suite rooms. A short walk from the town’s main shopping area, this family-run hotel provides free ..

  • Smithfield Hotel

    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..

  • Ayre Hotel

    Ayre Road GB - Kirkwall KW15 1QX

    Set in Kirkwall, Orkney, family-run Ayre Hotel overlooks Kirkwall harbour. It offers local produce in its restaurant and traditionally styled rooms, with free Wi-Fi. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms are each equipped with a flat-scre..

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