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Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)
United Kingdom

Orkney Islands is a chain of more than 70 islands that offer impressive landscapes that range from 1,000-foot cliffs to white sand beaches. A multitude of seabirds can also be observed. This region is also the one with the largest number of prehistoric sites in Europe such as the Ring of Bodgar and the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae. Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands. Sheep and livestock farming is at the centre of the region’s economy.

The weather is usually windy and cool. Plan to bring a good windbreaker.

Useful Information

Language

English

Currency

GBP
British pound

Currency Converters:  
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Time difference

UTC: 0

from New York: +5h

from San Francisco: +7h

from London: None

Tips

5% to 10% will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Maximum
(mminch)
January
2 35
6 44
1104.25
February
2 35
6 44
933.75
March
2 36
8 46
963.75
April
4 39
10 49
602.25
May
6 42
12 54
482.00
June
8 47
14 57
532.00
July
10 50
16 61
572.25
August
10 51
16 61
662.50
September
9 48
14 57
953.75
October
7 44
11 53
1265.00
November
4 40
9 47
1265.00
December
2 36
7 44
1084.25

Where is locate the Orkney Harbour

You will dock at Hatston Wharf, which is 3km from Kirkwall.

Travelling around the port of Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

A free shuttle bus offered by the municipality is available to get to Kirkwall Bus Station.

Activities in Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

Landmarks

Founded in 1137, it contains a medieval tomb.

A large castle and its landlocked Victorian garden inside the walls. You have to take a ferry to get there. Private residence. Can only be visited through an excursion.

Historical sites

The medieval Bishop’s Palace was built around the same time as St Magnus Cathedral, in the early 1100s. The ornate Earl’s Palace was added much later, in the early 1600s.

The best preserved prehistoric village in Europe. The ticket includes a visit to the Skail house, a house that testifies to life in this area.

Similar site to Stonehenge. There are 27 megaliths still standing.

Prehistoric grave. You can visit the interpretation centre. UNESCO website.

Navy Base during the two World Wars

Museums

A house and a garden. The house houses a museum about archaeology.

Activities

The visitor centre offers tours as well as whisky tastings

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