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Kirkwall Private Walking Tour

Kirkwall Private Walking Tour

By Top Private Tours
For this tour you need to take the shuttle bus from the pier to the city centre. Kirkwall is the largest town in Orkney, an archipelago in the north of mainland Scotland. What to expect – your local guide will take you around Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney, which is situated on the northern coast of mainland Orkney We will explore St. Magnus Cathedral founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus. Then we will visit two buildings full of history in the heart of Kirkwall: Bishop´s and Earl´s Palace. Bishop’s Palace is one of the best - preserved buildings from medieval times. Once this visit is finished, we will head to Albert Street. Your local guide will meet you up at the meeting point and take you back to the ship. PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!! Included: Bishop´s and Earl´s Palace

Ages 2-99
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • St. Magnus Cathedral Ticket
  • Bishop´s and Earl´s Palace Ticket
  • We guarantee a full refund if you cancel this reservation 30 days prior to the arrival date.
  • Professional Local Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace
What's not included
  • Gratuities

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • For this tour you need to take the shuttle bus from the pier to the city centre.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Kirkwall Pier, Harbour St, Kirkwall KW15 1HU, UK
      • Shuttle to Cruise Port, A962, Kirkwall KW15 1AE, UK
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 264862P12

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        Which attractions will I visit with Kirkwall Private Walking Tour?
        How much is Kirkwall Private Walking Tour?
        Kirkwall Private Walking Tour price starts from £256.34. Discover and book Kirkwall Private Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
        What is the Kirkwall Private Walking Tour cancellation policy?
        Kirkwall Private Walking Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kirkwall Private Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Kirkwall Private Walking Tour?
        Kirkwall Private Walking Tour is hosted by Top Private Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Top Private Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kirkwall Private Walking Tour on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 264862P12

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        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Saint Magnus Cathedral
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 2
          Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace
          Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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        • 3
          Stop: 40 minutes
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        • 4
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
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        • Top Private Tours
          London, England
          Joined in April 2020
        • maire366
          0 contributions
          Would love to spend more time in the Orkneys
          We only went to Kirkwall for one day and it was an interesting visit. Everything is in walking distance and the Bishop's and Earl's Palace were great to explore, while the medieval Cathedral was fabulous. Quite unexpected in a small place like Kirkwall. Shops were lovely and enjoyable to visit. I regretted not having the time to spend in the Orkneys and experience more of the culture.
          Written 30 October 2023
        • Peyton0028
          0 contributions
          Wow!!! Beautiful Scenery
          I booked this for our group of 15 while on a cruise. I worked with Pilar and he was very easy to work with and highly recommend this company. The tour guide Andy was AMAZING, the entire group loved listening to him on the history. He was informative and very fun. Do this tour and you will love it! There is a lot of climbing but it is worth it.
          Written 20 September 2023
        • I3776IQmaryg
          0 contributions
          Best Way to See Skye!
          Brian Wells (BWS Taxi) was a great find. We are two women from the States and Ireland who needed an expert to give us a private tour to see the main sights of Skye. Our focus was photography. Brian was a master at finding the best vantage points—rain or shine. He was more than willing to stop to capture a moment or for impromptu shots. He shared many “off the basic tour” sights, including a one-hole golf course with a water hole over the edge of a loch located on a neighbor’s property. He was personable, amazing, humorous and shared many detailed stories about living on Skye. And most importantly, he put safety first when traversing the narrow roads. Thanks Brian—you truly made our trip memorable!
          Written 6 September 2023
        • J3149PPangelaz
          0 contributions
          Beautiful Orkney Islands
          Orkney is a beautiful set of islands in Scotland. On our tour we were able to see some Neolithic sites dating back before Stonehenge. We were also able to walk in and around the sites and see the beautiful serene countryside. In addition, we went to an Italian chapel that was constructed by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. The tour was ended by a trip to a gin distillery in Kirkwall. This tour was a great way to see some of the beautiful things that the Orkney islands has to offer.
          Written 31 August 2023
        • mbchapin1
          0 contributions
          Great way to see Kirkwall & countryside
          Hazel was an amazing tour guide and this tour allowed us to see so much of this beautiful island!!! We saw so much on the day we were there and loved the whole tour.
          Written 22 August 2023
        • Anahlin
          0 contributions
          Beautiful Orkney
          If your time on Orkney is short, this has got to be the best way to see the sites. Our drive/guide was Leslie. He is one of those people who, when you first meet them, you feel like you have somehow known them for a long time. Professional, kind, and knowledgeable, he made provided us with a memorable day. Hailing from Kirkwall, though a world traveler himself, he possesses an intimate knowledge of the area. The sites that he will show just cannot be missed, and provide some of the most beautiful and striking scenery in Scotland. Though you see a lot, you never have the feeling of being hurried. This tour, and Leslie, make for a wonderful day that is well worth the money.
          Written 29 July 2023
        • jennifermQ1745JK
          0 contributions
          Wonderful Time in Orkney and Kirkwall!
          Hazel was a wonderful guide! She was informative, sweet, happy, and knowledgeable! Beautiful, interesting sights all day! Ended the day with a tour/talk/drink at a gin distillery led by another delightful person!
          Written 25 July 2023
        • 882kathrynj
          0 contributions
          Driving back in time to the Neolithic age
          My tour guide was Chris , he is so knowledgeable about Orkney and there is a lot to know. My highlight was Skara Brae , where we spent time talking to an archaeologist.I loved it so much I’m planning a return trip. Highly recommend ed
          Written 26 June 2023
        • the-crimson-cosmos
          0 contributions
          Amanda uses wise and insightful knowledge to demonstrate the interesting culture and history of Shetland. Apart from the plenty of archaeology, local lore and legends told, she also told a lot of stories of her travelling all over the world. Although the weather was stormy and snowy all day, her SUV was steadily and smoothly driven on the road all along. A number of great viewpoints along the coast were visited, and we were on time for a quick lunch at one of the café loved by the locals. Great experience for the one-day visit!
          Written 9 March 2023
        • the-crimson-cosmos
          0 contributions
          Marlene’s minibus provided extremely reliable hop-on-and-off among the famous historical sites. She is very knowledgeable too - giving me useful insights by presenting the rich history, epic and local folklores of Orkney vividly accompanying both maps and pictures. Thoroughly enjoyed it, would recommend!
          Written 7 March 2023
        • Alison428
          0 contributions
          Amazing scenery
          Great scenery well worth the visit just to be aware steps down to beach are very steep and no handrail if very young or elderly with you . View amazing
          Written 10 October 2022
        • Gwyneth H
          0 contributions
          Very good
          Hotel opposite to the main ferry terminal so always something to watch from the window. Room on large side and very comfortable. Bathroom has bath, very important to my hubby. Food very good. Kitchen willing to accommodate food preferences and allergy needs. Staff friendly and helpful. Hotel short walk from town centre
          Written 27 September 2022
        • mellyjc
          0 contributions
          Marelene was awesome. She met us immediately and was well prepared, including a rag to wipe down the windows in the van that was getting a bit steamy due to the rain our tour started in. She got us to the Standing Stones and Ring of Brodgar before the tour busses so we got them to ourselves for a few minutes before the crowds waded in! It was a lovely touch that she seems to know everyone in the area, giving us the 'in' to stop in a driveway and see an amazing view, to feed some furry pigs, and see Shetland ponies. She discussed lunch options early on and made reservations for us, including the special meal requirements in our group. She had tickets in hand for places and maps for us to look at, and took into consideration personal interests of the group in terms of prioritizing places- although I feel like we got to see everything of interest! We appreciated her wealth of knowledge, clarity of communication for drop offs and regathering. Super easy to feel we were in good hands with a local guide who enjoys her job. I have no doubt we made an excellent decision booking with her, rather than trying to scrabble together multiple overpriced bus excursions through the cruise line. Thank you Marelene!
          Written 28 August 2022
        • curlyque44
          0 contributions
          Well done and professional
          Marlene was just amazing, she was waiting for us as we hot off the ship. Her mini van fit our group perfectly. She was able to give us a well rounded view of this wonderful island and all its fabulous sites. Thank you Marlene!
          Written 22 August 2022
        • johnem720
          0 contributions
          Marlene was fabulous - got to see so much!
          Marlene took our group of 5 on a trip around the island. She picked us up at the Port and was waiting for us so we didnt have to find her. Her 8-passenger van was clean and comfortable. She planned the day so we could see as much as we could, trying to avoid the crowds of the coach tours. She shared with us her knowledge of the islands, which was vast as a life-long locale. With her connections, she was able to get us into a local brewery for lunch, even though it was booked for the day. She was very accommodating and flexible, shifting our schedule based on our interest. Very receptive to questions. She did all this and it was her birthday! Highly recommend!
          Written 22 May 2022
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        1 review
        Very good

        London, UK36 contributions
        Helen was very patient and introduced every important historical location in town with great details. Lots of old stories about local customs, language and archaeology were told. Really appreciate the whole tour!
        Written 5 March 2023
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        Dear Yulin I am so glad to read you enjoy our tour ... Helen and Top Private Tours appreciate your kind words.. without any doubt Helen is a great tour guide with fantastic knowledge Pilar Gonzalez
        Written 6 March 2023
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