Kirkwall Travel Guide

  • St Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral
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  • From Kirkwall Harbour
    From Kirkwall Harbour
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    Kirkwall - city centre with lots of cars...
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Kirkwall Things to Do

  • Bishop and Earl's Palaces

    Standing across Palace Road from the Cathedral are the Bishop and Earl’s Palaces. Such style and grandeur implies an interesting story.Hailed as "the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland", the Earl's Palace is a piece of architectural brilliance. It stands two stories high in "L" formation. The ground floor contains massive...

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  • St Magnus Cathedral

    St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is the most northerly in Britain. Impressive when viewed from outside it is more magnificent inside. It appears larger than is the case. Following extensions over the centuries, Romanesque, Transitional and Gothic styles blend in patterned arches, ogives and pillars made of red and yellow sandstone. Despite the cold...

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  • The Wireless Museum - One Man's Passion

    The love of wireless sets led Jim MacDonald to collect domestic and defence wireless equipment. You can see his extensive collection in a Wireless Museum at Kiln Corner Kirkwall, close to the Harbour. It is run by a charitable Trust and staffed by unpaid enthusiasts. It struck me on looking round how the stages in wireless development also charts...

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  • Highland Park Distillery

    Its grey stone buildings, its twin pagodas, and its 26 warehouses give the Highland Park distinctiveness. By half a mile it is the world’s most northerly distillery. Fittingly its whisky started with a blend of spirituality and a touch of wickedness. In 1798 Church Officer, Magnus Eunson, started an illicit outside on a hillside outside Kirkwall....

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  • St Magnus Cathedral

    The construction of the cathedral began in 1137 - initiated by Earl Rognvald. The Islands were Norse at that time.It has been added to over the centuries, and is an interesting combination of red and yellow sandstone.Really the jewel of the town, and at its heart - go see.

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  • Bishop's & Earl's Palaces

    The Bishop's Palace was built in the 12th century when Orkney was still a Norse earldom, as a residence for the bishop of St Magnus Cathedral.The Earl's Palace was built around 1600, by which time Orkney was part of Scotland.Both are now ruins. Worth a visit, none the less, as they are key historical relics.Both are Historic Scotland sites, and...

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Kirkwall Restaurants

  • Well worth a visit

    Sinclairs Ice cream parlourA 'must' if you visit Kirkwall. Small but perfectly formed and upstairs is a treat to the eye as well as to the appetite. Really friendly service.

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  • enjoyed it...

    Just took a chance and dived in here one night...No regrets...Ordered a burger on the strength of the menu's promise that it would be 100% Orkney beef. Well I can't tell you where the cow came from (unlikely to be imported from the mainland since the island is full of beef cattle) but it was definitely a real burger - not some processed c**p.Really...

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  • excellent...

    A real eye opener...It is stylish and cool. The staff don't grovel, but serve well. Mind you the (otherwise) lovely girl 2 tables away did have tattooed arms.The food was really good. I'd expected somewhere low key and low grade, but just fancied curry...I had chicken achari, steamed rice and a chapati, then jamun. With a dash of Cobra.Enjoyed...

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