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County - Orkneys | Map
Tel code: 01856 | code search
Postcode: KW15 | code search
Population: 6300
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Kirkwall History
Birthplace of:
William Balfour Baikie
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Food Legends:
Orkney Cheese
Orkney Broonie

Kirkwall Events

January
The Ba'

March
Scarecrow Festival

April
Orkney Ceilidh Weekend

June
Orkney Fine Wine Festival

August
Kirkwall Sailing Regatta
Orkney International Science Festival
Riding of the Marches
The County Show

September
Orkney International Science Festival
Orkney Middle Distance Triathlon

December
The Ba'
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Indian Garden
"This quiet place around the corner from the high street tucked up next to a Kebab shop was a welcome surprise. It stays open longer than all the other restaurants ..." More

Houton Bay Lodge
"Good Points: Good home cooked and home grown food. Lovely friendly atmosphere. General review: A very relaxing break.

Date visited: 2010-06-23 ..." More

Houton Bay Lodge
"Good Points: Having arrived in Orkney for a two day break we actually stayed for five and loved every minute of our stay. Beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches fantastic historical sites. Bad ..." More

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Kirkwall is the ‘capital’ of the Scottish Orkney Islands and is situated on the stretch of land where east and west mainland meets at a magnificent natural harbour. The town was established by the Norse in the 11th century and was originally known as ‘Kirkjuvagr’ Norse for ‘Church Bay’. Kirkwall was awarded city status in 1137 with the founding of St Magnus Cathedral and royal burgh status in 1486 when Orkney was acquired for Scotland. Kirkwall has an airport and harbour, regular flights, cruise ships and ferries bring regular visitors. Sea-cruise charters and ferries are available from Kirkwall for trips to many of the other Orkney and Shetland Islands ensuring Kirkwall is a popular tourist destination and an ideal base for exploring the area. There are hotels and a selection of holiday accommodation including B&B’s, hostels and a camping and caravan park, bars, restaurants and bistros, a fitness and leisure centre, swimming pool and interesting museums. Kirkwall has excellent shopping and is a centre for knitwear, arts and crafts, mineral water and whiskey with the Highland Park Distillery and visitor centre, founded in 1798 it is the northernmost distillery in the UK. The medieval town is surrounded with spectacular scenery, walks and wildlife. Historically interesting features include the 16th century Bishop and Earls Palace and the impressive St Magnus Cathedral

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Attraction

Bishop's and Earl's Palaces
Highland Park Distillery
St Magnus Cathedral
Tankerness House
The Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace
Tormiston Mill

Club

Fusion Night Club

Council

Orkney Islands Council

Dentist

Community Dental ClinicCommunity Dental Clinic
Health Services
Scapa Dental Centre

Doctor

Kirkwall Health Centre

Farmers Market

Orkney Farmers Market

Golf Club

Orkney

Pub and Bar

Auld Motor House

Restaurant

Busters Diner
Empire Chinese Restaurant

Golden Dragon
Indian Garden

School

Glaitness School
Kirkwall Grammar School
Papdale Primary School

Self-Catering

Broad Street Gardens Apartments & Townhouse
Mackays Holiday Cottages & Lodges

Solicitor

Drever & Heddle
Lows

Taxi

Bobs Taxis
CD Taxis
Craigie's Taxis
Kirkwall Taxis
Rainbow Taxis
Tim's Taxis

Vet

Northvet

Shops

McCarty M E
Orcadian The Bookshop
D & H Glue
Petmania

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W H B Sutherland Ltd
James S Scott
St Olafs Stores
Trenabies
Jolly’s Fish & Farm Produce

Activities

Orkney Triathlon Club(Cycling)

Places to Stay near Kirkwall

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Lav rockha Guest House (0.07 miles)

Lav rockha Guest House

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At Lav'rockha we offer luxurious accommodation with all facilities for your comfort at competitive rates, and are the only Guest House in Orkney to have been awarded four stars and ... More

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Albert Hotel (0.07 miles)

Albert Hotel
The Albert Hotel is a contemporary hotel located in the town centre of Kirkwall within Orkney. The hotel is a Visit Scotland 3 star rated hotel. Kirkwall is one of Orkney's 2 main towns and ... More | visit website
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Houton Bay Lodge (8.68 miles)

Houton Bay Lodge

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8 luxurious & spacious en-suite rooms at attractive rates. Fantastic rural setting with great views of Scapa Flow & South IslesOnly 15-mins drive from Stromness & KirkwallDelicious meals using only ... More

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Merkister Hotel (10.59 miles)

Merkister Hotel

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Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, the Merkister hotel stands in its own grounds in the most wonderful location, commanding impressive views of this famous loch and its surroundings. ... More

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Seaview Hotel (24.06 miles)

Seaview Hotel

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We are a small family run hotel in the far North of Scotland with breathtaking views of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Isles. We are only 300 yds from Orkney ... More

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Castle Arms Hotel (25.67 miles)

Castle Arms Hotel

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The Castle Arms Hotel is a former 19th Century coaching inn, situated 8 miles from John O'Groats, in the village of Mey. It is the earest hotel to Gills Ferry to ... More

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Castletown Hotel (31.09 miles)

Castletown Hotel

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Ideally located to explore all that Caithness has to offer, this small, family-run hotel is close to both Thurso and Wick and only minutes from the Castle of Mey. The perfect venue ... More

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Greenland House (31.10 miles)

Greenland House

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Six bedrooms - four with en suite · Centrally heated and fully double glazed · Colour TV and tea/coffee making in all rooms · High quality Scottish or Continental Breakfast ... More

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Sinclair Bay Hotel (31.51 miles)

Sinclair Bay Hotel

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A small family run hotel with comfortable rooms, tv and coffee making facilities in all rooms. We serve a wide range of food in our restaurant, & real ale behind the bar. ... More

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Ferry Inn (33.33 miles)

Ferry Inn

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This is the sister Hotel of the Weigh Inn, which now offers 9 newley refurbished non-smoking en-suite bedrooms, boasting uninterrupted views over The Pentland Firth to the majestic Orkney Islands. ... More

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