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Hurtigruten Group

Kirkwall on Foot

Excursion

Free

Duration
1h30
Season
Available all year
Min. number
0 travellers
Booking code
INCL-KIR1

Take a tour of Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, and home to Scotland’s ‘most beautiful high street’.
  • Join a guided walk of Viking-influenced Kirkwall, with its charming and colourful harbour

  • Tour the 850-year-old St Magnus Cathedral and admire the Romanesque architecture, and the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces

  • Visit Orkney Museum and learn about the area’s history, through exhibitions and displays of artefacts

  • Stroll through the historic town centre with its independent shops, artisanal boutiques, and cafés


Scotland’s Viking spirit 

Your guided walk begins at Kirkwall’s colourful harbour. A Royal Burgh since 1486, Kirkwall was, in fact, founded by the Vikings. Visit St Magnus Cathedral, a statuesque sandstone building that dominates the town’s skyline. Learn about Kirkwall's fascinating ancestry as you tour nearby Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces, and Orkney Museum. Then browse the boutiques and craft shops on the high street.

Practical information

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: This is a walking tour and guests will be walking for the majority of the duration of the tour.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

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