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Margaret S
Margaret S
@196barrys
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2022
Late night check in - and a hike to the room - but all ok.
"The room was clean and well appointed."
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#15 Best Value of 53 places to stay in Kirkwall

Kirkwall Hotels Information

Hotels in Kirkwall

51

Hotels Prices From

£68

Hotels Reviews

5,720

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Travel high season

Jun - Aug

Travel low season

Dec - Feb

High season avg price

£144

Low season avg price

£117
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Season
Avg. price/night
Avg. temperature
Avg. precipitation
Dec - Feb
Avg. price/night
£136
£95£219
Avg. temperature
4ºC
COLDEST
-2ºC21ºC
Avg. precipitation
42in
WETTEST
22 in47 in
Mar - May
Avg. price/night
£134
LOWEST
£95£219
Avg. temperature
7ºC
-2ºC21ºC
Avg. precipitation
25in
DRIEST
22 in47 in
Jun - Aug
Avg. price/night
£170
HIGHEST
£95£219
Avg. temperature
12ºC
WARMEST
-2ºC21ºC
Avg. precipitation
26in
22 in47 in
Sep - Nov
Avg. price/night
£162
£95£219
Avg. temperature
9ºC
-2ºC21ºC
Avg. precipitation
42in
22 in47 in
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Hotels near the sights

  • Saint Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral, built in a Romanesque style from red and yellow sandstone, is of international significance. This ‘fine minster’ took about 300 years to build, the foundations starting in 1137. It was dedicated to Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. He shared the earldom with his cousin, Haakon Paulsson, but jealousy and greed culminated in Magnus being martyred on the island of Egilsay. The shrine of St Magnus drew pilgrims from all over northern Europe, and the tradition of pilgrimage has been revived in recent times with the opening of the St Magnus Way. St Magnus Cathedral is the only wholly Medieval cathedral in Scotland, and the bones of the saint still lie interred within the pillars of the choir.
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  • The Orkney Distillery
    Welcome, adventurer! Your epic Orkney saga has begun. We invite you to enter our new distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, to toast the gods and learn the secrets behind our legendary Orkney Gin. Our distillery tours can be pre-booked We now also offer our garden concept bar ‘Oot The Back’. If you seek the true essence of Orkney, we urge you to join us!
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  • Highland Park Distillery
    We’ve been crafting our award-winning whisky at the Highland Park Distillery in Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798. Now, over 220 years later, we are one of the ten oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Age, experience and respect for tradition may define our whisky but it’s Orkney that differentiates it. Something magic happens here and the result is a wild harmony of contrasting flavours found in our single malt. Advanced booking is required.
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  • Scapa Flow
    This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site.
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  • The Orkney Museum
    The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney, from the Stone Age, to the Picts and Vikings, right through to the present day. There is a large collection of old photos and activities to amuse younger visitors. The Museum’s collection is of international importance and it has a changing temporary exhibition programme. The Orkney Museum used to be a house – Tankerness House. For three centuries this house was the home of the Baikie family of Tankerness, whose estate gave the house its name. It opened as a museum in 1968 and is an A-listed building. The Baikie Library and Drawing Room gives the visitor an idea of how the house looked when it was a family home. PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed from 15:00 Friday 22nd December 2023, reopening 10:30 Thursday 1st February 2024
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  • Scapa the Orcadian
    Explore the legendary Scapa Distillery. Situated on the shore of Scapa Flow, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. We are currently open Tuesday Thursday 12:30pm - 6pm and Friday - Saturday 12:30pm - 7pm with experiences running through the day. This tasting is available to be booked online. We also have tours and more bespoke tastings available please contact us for details.
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  • The Earl's Palace
    Roam the ruins of the residence of Robert Stewart, half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots, who became Earl of Orkney in the late 1500s. The Earl’s Palace is a fine courtyard castle, and remains in a remarkable state of completeness.
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  • Orkney Wireless Museum
    A small museum tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime communications in Orkney. Maps, charts, valves, an early computer game, a 'spy' suitcase radio. Young visitors can send their name in Morse code to get a certificate. Entirely run by volunteers. Normally open April to September. Mon-Sat. Currently the entrance charge has been suspended but visitors are invited to make a donation.
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  • Deerness Distillery
    Orkney's first distillery in over 132 years, producing handcrafted gin and vodka. Come and visit us for an insight into the fascinating world of distilling, sample our spirits and enjoy our shop offering locally sourced quality gifts, takeaway tea and coffee. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday all year and during April - September Sundays 12-4pm. A warm welcome awaits you, no need to book, just turn up and enjoy!
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  • Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre
    Kirkwall is an open and inviting iCentre, providing information and inspiration to both visitors and locals. Bus and ferry timetables are available within the centre and Citylink tickets are available for sale, as are Historic Scotland tickets for sites across Orkney and Scotland. Local experts with a wide range of knowledge on the local area and beyond are able to advise you on how to get the best experience of Orkney. The RSPB have an information point in the centre offering a range of information and leaflets to take away.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kirkwall hotels

The Ayre Hotel, The Storehouse, and West End Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Saint Magnus Cathedral. See the full list: Hotels near Saint Magnus Cathedral.

Popular hotels close to The Orkney Museum include The Ayre Hotel, The Storehouse, and West End Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near The Orkney Museum.

Popular hotels close to Kirkwall Airport include Lynnfield Hotel, The Foveran, and The Ayre Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Kirkwall Airport.

A few of the most popular hotels near The Earl's Palace are The Storehouse, West End Hotel, and Albert Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near The Earl's Palace.

Popular cheap hotels in Kirkwall include The Ayre Hotel, West End Hotel, and Albert Hotel. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Kirkwall.

The Ayre Hotel, West End Hotel, and Albert Hotel all received great reviews from families travelling in Kirkwall. See the full list: Family Hotels Kirkwall.

Lynnfield Hotel, The Foveran, and The Storehouse received great reviews from travellers looking for a romantic hotel in Kirkwall. See the full list: Romantic Hotels in Kirkwall.