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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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Tourist attractions Kirkwall : Things to see and do

  • 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

  • Murray Arms Hotel

    Back Road. St Margaret's Hope GB - Saint Margarets Hope KW17 2SP

    Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Murray Arms Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Saint Margarets Hope, 40 km from Thurso. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. You can play darts at this hote..

  • St Ola Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Harbour Street GB - Kirkwall KW15 1LE

    Prix Prices from : 48 £

    St Ola Hotel offers accommodation in Kirkwall. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A flat-screen TV, as well as an iPod docking station are available. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hai..

  • Ayre Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Ayre Road GB - Kirkwall KW15 1QX

    Prix Prices from : 80 £

    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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Restaurants Kirkwall

  • Ayre Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    Ayre Rd GB - KW15 1QX Kirkwall

  • Lynnfield Comfortable restaurant 

    Holm Rd GB - KW15 1SU Kirkwall

    Traditional hotel dining room decorated with whisky memorabilia. Lunch is fairly classical, while dinner offers more interesting modern dishes which champion the very best Orcadian produce - including some foraged ingredients.

  • Sands Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    GB - KW17 2SS Burray

  • Creel Comfortable restaurant 

    Front Rd GB - KW17 2SL St Margaret's Hope

    Set in an idyllic harbourside location in a small fishing village, with views out across the bay; the experienced owners have been here for over 30 years. The concise daily menu utilises top Orcadian produce and boldly flavoured dishes have a refined..

  • Foveran Comfortable restaurant 

    St Ola GB - KW15 1SF Kirkwall

    Sit by the large floor to ceiling window or out on the terrace to take in superb panoramic views over the Scapa Flow and the south islands. Traditional menus feature North Ronaldsay lamb, Orkney beef and plenty of fresh seafood from local waters. Hom..

  • Merkister Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    GB - KW17 2LF Harray

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