Kirkwall, Orkney



Welcome to Kirkwall, the captivating capital of the Orkney Islands! Steeped in history and surrounded by stunning landscapes, Kirkwall is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and enriching experience. Here’s your essential guide to Kirkwall and how to get there from various regions.

How to Get There

From Scotland:

– By Air: Flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Aberdeen will bring you to Kirkwall Airport, a convenient one-hour journey from the town center.
– By Ferry: NorthLink Ferries offers services from Scrabster to Stromness, with a short transfer to Kirkwall. There are also ferry options from Aberdeen to Kirkwall.

From Southern England:

– By Air: Flights from London Heathrow or London Gatwick with layovers in Scottish cities are available. Travel times vary depending on layover duration.
– By Ferry and Train: Take a train from Southern England to Aberdeen, then board a NorthLink Ferry to Kirkwall, offering a comfortable overnight journey.

What to Do in Kirkwall


Explore St. Magnus Cathedral, the Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces, and the Orkney Museum to delve into Kirkwall’s history.


Experience local traditions and arts through festivals like the St. Magnus International Festival and the Orkney Folk Festival.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor:

Discover coastal views, harbors, lighthouses, and headlands that will appeal to sailors.


Kirkwall offers a small amount of nightlife with live music and entertainment options.

Eating Out:

Savor fresh seafood, Orcadian cheese, and traditional dishes.


Explore coastal cliffs, beaches, and enjoy outdoor activities.

Unique Features:

Kirkwall’s distinctive charm lies in its warm and welcoming community.


Consider staying at The Ayre Hotel, The Kirkwall Hotel, or The Albert Hotel.

Orkney Tourism

For detailed information about Kirkwall and its attractions, visit the official Orkney Tourism website (

Kirkwall, with its unique blend of history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality, awaits your exploration. Create memories as enduring as the ancient stones that grace this captivating destination. Anchors aweigh!

Special Interests
If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.
Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.
North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia: “Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs.

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

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