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The Kirkwall Hotel
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welcome to the kirkwall hotel

The Kirkwall Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic town of Kirkwall and is one of Orkney’s finest Victorian buildings. Located on the picturesque harbour front, wake up to spectacular views every morning with a fresh coffee in hand whilst watching the world go by beneath you. The hotel is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the marina and the main shopping centre, as well as many must-see historic landscapes and buildings. Whether you’re here on business or leisure, there’s plenty to do and see right here on your doorstep.

Our Highland Park Bar and Harbour View Restaurant are the perfect spots to come together with friends and family. Enjoy a glass of wine or a dram or two of one of Orkney’s finest whiskies, before indulging in the incredible flavours of Orkney in our vibrant restaurant. The Kirkwall guarantees you a truly wonderful Orkney adventure, and our friendly team are on hand to ensure your stay with us is nothing short of fantastic.

The hotel has 37 en-suite rooms with a great range of facilities, including a relaxing lounge, function rooms, lounge bar and public bar. For your convenience, the hotel is dog friendly.

revamping, renovating, restyling...

We've made some beautiful new changes to our beloved Kirkwall Hotel.  Step through our vintage revolving doors, into a world of plush new interiors. You  can stop for a dram in the Highland Park Bar, dine in the Harbour View Restaurant, then sink into bed in your gorgeously refurbished bedroom. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks!

Aside from this, our focus has been on reassuring experiences. We are proud to have recieved the 'Good To Go' accreditation from Visit Scotland. Find out more...

Flexible bookings

We are here to take bookings and we want to reassure you that they can be made risk-free. If you feel like you need to escape for a short break to reconnect and indulge, you can make a booking and cancel if you need to; please just allow 48 hours' notice.




One of the island's finest Victorian buildings, we've got 37 bedrooms, many with stunning harbour views. All are en-suite with great WiFi, some are adjoining - perfect for families - and we have some dog-friendly bedrooms too.

Whether visiting Orkney for business or pleasure, spend a while with us and you will be looked after with genuine Scottish hospitality. A warm welcome awaits in Skippers Bar, exquisite dining is easy to find in the Harbour View Restaurant, and the selection of whiskies in the Highland Park Bar is impressive.


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harbour view restaurant

The recently refurbished Harbour View Restaurant takes dining to new unchartered waters. Dine on vibrant dishes filled with Orcadian produce, with views of the harbour. The finest catches and freshest field fodder are complimented by a compelling wine list (and an even better selection of whiskies).

Beautiful textures, intimate banquette booths and the warmest Scottish hospitality await.

Breakfast: 07:30 - 09:30 (Monday - Saturday)
08:00 - 10:00 (Sunday)
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00 (Monday - Sunday)

18:00 - 20:00

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highland park bar

We've partnered with Highland Park Whisky to bring you an exciting variety of 100+ Highland Park whiskies, all of which are distilled right on our doorstep here in Kirkwall, and served in our newly refurbished bar.

Discover an extensive gin collection (70 gins & counting!) in our drinking den while watching boats nestle in the harbour...what's your favourite tipple?


Situated in the heart of the historic town of Kirkwall overlooking the beautiful harbour, our 36 bedroom hotel is a hidden gem with genuine Orcadian charm and character.

Our vision is to create unforgettable weddings which exceed expectations. We can host up to 110 wedding guests. All recently refurbished, our elegant Writing Room, intimate Study and gorgeous Harbour View Restaurant all make special spaces for your 'Big Day'.

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A number of attractions and places of interest are in walking distance of the hotel, these include the stunning St Magnus Cathedral – a must for anyone visiting Kirkwall, the Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces, The Orkney Museum and The Highland Park Distillery and Visitor Centre.


things to do

skippers bar

Skippers Bar is a long established traditional pub, which serves a menu of British favourites alongside multi-screen TVs showing the best live sports and music. Our warm, welcoming atmosphere makes Skippers the ideal space to eat, drink and relax.


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