Orkney’s vibrant and thriving capital will appeal to fans of culture, history, and even shopping!
With independent shops, cute cafes and no shortage of historic sights, it is no wonder that this town is immensely popular with visitors keen to experience the islands’ unique culture and heritage.
We would recommend a visit to St Magnus Cathedral; one of the most impressive examples of medieval architecture anywhere in the UK. Just a stone’s throw from here are the Earl’s and Bishop’s palaces, which provide a thought-provoking reminder of Orkney’s turbulent past.
If it’s shopping you are after, Kirkwall’s thriving town centre is bustling with character, and indeed remains an inspiration for the island’s creative folk as independent retailers offer their locally-made jewellery, arts, crafts, fashion, knitwear and unique souvenirs.
For those who would prefer to relax with a coffee and some local delicacies (be it cheese, icecream, sweet treats or seafood, Orkney can produce their own version, and produce it exceedingly well!) there are a number of noteworthy cafes in the town, and your guide will be on hand to offer recommendations.
We will spend around one hour in the compact town of Kirkwall.