Local Information

Orkney's rich archaeology is a popular reason for visiting Orkney with archaeological sites that date back over 5,000 years. With empty unspoilt beaches, spectacular cliffs and an abundance of wildlife it is also a popular destination for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Kirkwall, the Orkney capital, is a vibrant and bustling market town with many shops, good restaurants and pubs and is perhaps best known for the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, widely considered to be one of the finest medieval buildings in the north.

Visit Highland Park and the Scapa Whisky Distilleries, and the Earls Palace to name just a few of the many attractions in Kirkwall itself.

From Kirkwall you can visit many wonderful archaeological sites, take a ferry trip out to some of the wonderfully scenic Outer Isles, and visit some of the many museums and craft workshops – so much to see and do for all ages.

There is a tourist information office in Kirkwall where there are leaflets covering the many places to visit in Orkney. The helpful staff are also on hand to offer guidance.