The main transport hub of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a gateway to many of the most inaccessible and unspoilt areas of the British Isles. Kirkwall and the Orkney Islands offer a unique window into history, with some settlements dating back over 5000 years and others showing signs of Viking influences from medieval raids. In the areas surrounding Kirkwall, you’ll discover incredible geography, including gigantic natural rock formations, sprawling cliffs and rolling hillsides.
Weather is brisk with highs of 16°C in July and lows of 1°C in January - adding an extra touch of realism to those early Neolithic and Viking landmarks. With such a rich past, and the option to reach both the remote Fair Isle and town of Sumburgh in the Shetlands, Kirkwall and the Orkney Islands are great destinations for those looking for an alternative getaway.