Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney, Scotland

This evening, I am providing information on Kirkwall, capital of Orkney, a group of islands north of the Scottish mainland.

Summary facts and information:

  • Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagrmeaning Church Bay.
  • Population about 9000.
  • Home to a vibrant marine industry which includes fishing, military, ferries and visiting cruise ships.
  • An increasingly popular destination for cruise ships with about eighty such vessels visiting each year bringing a total of some 80, 000 visitors.
  • Home to the impressive, St Magnus Cathedral which has its origins in the 12th century.
  • Populated with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, hotels, lodgings and a whisky distillery (Highland Park).
  • Serves as a good base for visiting Orkney’s top historical sites such as Maes Howe, Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar.
  • Is home to Kirkwall City Pipe Band. See video clip below.

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

Earl’s Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney

Street scene, Kirkwall, Orkney

Old House in Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney