Fishing Boats at Kirkwall Harbour

Fishing Boats at Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney

This evening, I am focusing on the historic, yet vibrant, town of Kirkwall, capital of Orkney, a group of islands north of the Scottish mainland.

Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinvian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagr meaning Church Bay. This town has a population of about 8700.

Kirkwall is perhaps best known for the famous St Magnus Cathedral. There is also a colourful harbour, a good variety of shops and a whisky distillery (Highland Park). Kirkwall is well suited as a base for visiting some of Orkney’s key historic sites such as Maes Howe, Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar.

The Kirkwall economy benefits from a huge influx of visitors arriving on cruise ships.

Overall, a pleasant town which I look forward to re-visting in the future.

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney

Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney, Scotland

Street Scene, Kirkwall

Street Scene, Kirkwall, Orkney

Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall

Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney


Elsewhere today, weather has been inclement (rain). I have finalised a detailed itinerary for upcoming tour covering Edinburgh, the Highlands and Glasgow. Also firmed up a family tour of the Scottish Borders.

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