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Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall, Orkney

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You might wonder where is Kirkwall? Located on the enchanting Orkney Islands off Scotland's north coast, this vibrant capital is a fascinating ancient Norse town.

Head north for a weekend break or a holiday in Kirkwall. There are plenty of things to do too in Kirkwall, from cathedral and Viking heritage to shopping and art, not forgetting friendly accommodation. You will also enjoy some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK with an abundance of wildlife nearby. 

Celebrate Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 and discover some fascinating Orcadian stories from Neolitic secrets and wartime to sagas and creativity.

So start planning your Kirkwall holidays now!

Kirkwall Travel Information

How to get to Kirkwall 

Kirkwall is a great starting point and a useful place to stock up on supplies before you continue your Orcadian adventure to the more remote islands. With its harbour and airport, it is the arrival point for ferries from Shetland and Aberdeen, cruise ships, and flights from the UK, as well as a departure point for ferries to the other islands in Orkney.

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How to get around Kirkwall 

Kirkwall is relatively small and compact, so it is easy to get to most places in the town on foot. You can even get there faster by bike, with good cycle paths around the town.

You can also hire local taxis to get you from A to B.

Get to Know Kirkwall

Head to the local VisitScotland iCentre in Kirkwall where the friendly staff can help you plan your next adventure and give you the best insider knowledge so you can make the most of your trip.