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Kirkwall

Kirkwall is a great base for exploring Norse ruins situated around the archipelago, as well as Neolithic stone formations created by civilisations far older and more mysterious than the Vikings

First mentioned in a Norse saga in the 11th century, you will still find traces of the Vikings in the Orkney Isles’ main town. At the heart of Kirkwall stands St Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Magnus Erlendsson, the Earl of Orkney from 1108 to 1117 and a relative of Norwegian Kings Olav II and Harald II. In fact, the name Kirkwall originally comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay).

Kirkwall is a great base for exploring Norse ruins situated around the archipelago, as well as Neolithic stone formations created by civilisations far older and more mysterious than the Vikings. With around 10,000 residents, this bustling market town is easy to cover on foot, with other notable historical sites to visit including the 12th century Bishop’s Palace and 17th century Earl’s Palace.

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You could experience Kirkwall through any one of these tours below.

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14 days / 13 nights

Apr - Oct

Scotland Complete

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Scotland Complete

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11 days / 10 nights

Apr - Oct

Orkney & the Highlands

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9 days / 8 nights

Apr - Oct

North Coast 500 & Orkney

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17 days / 16 nights

Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

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