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Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop's Palace was built in the 1100s at about the same time as St Magnus Cathedral. King Hakon of Norway died within its walls after an...more
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Even though the palace is ruined, it's incredibly impressive. You can imagine what it must have been like in all its pomp! There is information to guide you as you walk through and learn about its history.
This ruin may not have a lot inside, but boy does it delight with the views!! You can go all the way to the top of this one and the view overlooking the church next door is simply grand. We really enjoyed the climb up.
While the BIshop's Palace was an interesting place, it was not as impressive nor the story as intriguing as the Earl's Palace....it's on the same ticket so as such, worth a quick walk around if the weather is good enough. Nuff said!
Since the place was closed, we did not see the inside. From outside, we saw the ruins. Looks like a great place to shoot a horror movie. Behind and next to this ruin is a lawn bowling green that was being used in the rain.
The palace was built in the mid-1100s, when Orkney was under Norwegian control. There is a grandness that comes through the ruins, and a recognition that many stories are held within the walls. The story boards positioned on the walls were invaluable and told the...More
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When I was on a Norwegian cruise here last year, they had a free shuttle that took us into town. It was a short walk from where the bus dropped us off. It wouldn’t be an extremely far walk even without the shuttle.