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A bustling town in the heart of Orkney’s capital

With medieval streets, a working harbour and the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, this is the town that never sleeps

Founded in 1137, the cathedral took over 300 years to complete. Today it dominates the town’s skyline and is open all year round. If you like the cathedrals, you’ll no doubt like The Bishop’s Palace and The Earl’s Palace – built at the same time as the cathedral, they are great examples of Romanesque architecture.

You’ll never be short of something to do - Kirkwall’s streets are brimming with independent shops, cafes and live music spots.

The Orkney Museum also provides a real insight into the islands’ history, with the adjoining Tankerness House Gardens being a delightful stop-off point.

The question is: where will you stop off first?




From Neolithic Orkney in the West Mainland to the Churchill Barriers in the East Mainland - there’s oodles to explore. Visit Orkney’s most popular tourist spots.

Outer Isles

Outer Isles

Orkney oozes natural beauty in abundance. Here are a number of places you might like to visit during your stay. You’ll be guaranteed to learn a thing or two about what makes Orkney so special...

Whisky Tours

Whisky Tours

Orkney lies outside the five major whisky making regions of Scotland and has only two distilleries, one of which – The Highland Park Distillery – is just a mile or so from the hotel. Sip, sip hooray!

Pockets of History

Pockets of History

Look closely and you'll discover some of Orkney's most treasured pockets of history. From St Magnus Cathedral to Orkney Museum - you'll be sure to unleash your inner historian.

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The Kirkwall Hotel

Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LE
01856 872232

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