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  • Flights from Greece to Kirkwall

    You have just landed in Scotland, yet you have a feeling rather Scandinavian than European! If you wish to see a destination different than the others, it’s time you searched for cheap air tickets to Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, one of the two Northern British Isle groups off the coast of Scotland. A city of great history, Kirkwall will take you to a travel back, from prehistory and the Vikings era to modern times. Nature at its best and a great variety of museums set the mood for the ideal atmosphere – a job the friendly locals are more than happy to do! Book one of the numerous cheap hotels in Kirkwall and get ready to experience a different approach of Scotland. Explore the Orkney Islands and you’ll have a story of a lifetime!


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    Information about Kirkwall

    Kirkwall is situated on Mainland Isle and has been the capital of the Orkney Islands for 900 years. The Orkneys are located 10 kilometres north of mainland Scotland and consist of 107 isles, 29 of which are inhabited. Nature holds the principle role here; lush, endless stretches of nature, disrupted only by Neolithic structures and small towns and villages, in a background that seems more Scandinavian than Scottish.


    Kirkwall was founded in the 11th century by Rögnvald Brusason, a Norse jarl who became known as the Earl of Orkney. The city was initially named Kirkjuvagr (Church Inlet), after King Olaf Harraldsson, patron saint of Norway.

    Kirkwall stands out from other travel destinations due to its extraordinary natural, cultural, architectural and religious wealth, as well as historical and archaeological points of great interest. What’s more, this is the perfect place to set your base to further explore the Orkneys!

    Airport

    The airport of Kirkwall (Kirkwall Airport) is located 5 kilometres southeast of the city centre and is accessible by bus and taxi.

    Getting around Kirkwall

    You can get around Kirkwall by bus and ferry. Fares start from 0.60£ and minimum taxi fare costs 3.00£.

    Kirkwall Guide

    Kirkwall’s supreme landmark and main point of interest is none other than the St. Magnus Cathedral. The construction of the cathedral began in 1137 and it took centuries to be completed, remaining fully functional and utterly impressive up until today.


    The Cathedral of St. Magnus was built to honour the Earl’s uncle who became a martyr, in a story that’s told in the Icelandic Orkneyinga saga. Its architectural value is priceless, as it features one of the finest Romanesque styles, enriched with Norman and Gothic details.

    Adjacent to the cathedral, you can see the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace, built at the same time of the cathedral’s construction, to house the first bishop of Kirkwall, William the Old. It was immortalised in history as the last refuge of King Håkon IV in 1263, the year that marked the end of his dominance in the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Man.

    Next up, you will come across the remains of the Earl’s Palace, built by the Second Earl of Orkney to extend the Bishop’s Palace. Widely considered to be the finest example of Renaissance architecture in Scotland, it is linked to one of the darkest points of the history of Orkney. Don’t miss the small but interesting museum nearby.

    Continue to two more notable museums of Kirkwall:

    • The Orkney Museum forms a thorough representation of a typical wealthy lord’s mansion. Housed in the museum, you can find various collections that trace the history of the Orkneys up to 5,000 years back.

    • The Orkney Wireless Museum exhibits over 100 samples of domestic and military wireless devices and equipment, aiming to underline the importance of this kind of communication during World War II.

    Scotland’s official language is English, but Gaelic and Scots are officially recognised Scottish languages and are considered to be of great cultural and historical importance.



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