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  • Day48

    Kirkwall

    June 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Es gibt ja wirklich viele Schlösser im Vereinigten Königreich, aber viele sind auch nur noch Ruinen.
    Dafür habe ich einen Markt für Handwerkskunst, meist aus Tweet in einer wirklichen schicken Halle gefunden.
    Kirkwall, ein weiterer Ort man wohl nur einmal Leben hinfährt.

  • Day3

    Landgang in Kirkwall auf den Orkneyinsel

    May 22 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Das Wetter auf den Orkneyinsel ist heute very britisch! Nebelig und Sprühregen! Aber der keine Ausflug war trotzdem sehr schön ! In zwei Stunden verlassen wir die Insel in Richtung Island! Ein Seetag liegt aber vorher noch vor uns ! Bis jetzt hatten wir nur leichten Seegang und eine angenehme Überfahrt! Im Nordmeer wird es sicher etwas stürmischer !Read more

  • Day22

    A touch more modern

    August 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    With a couple of hours to spare we decided to wander the streets of Kirkwall. By day a thriving metropolis, after 9pm the streets are pretty much deserted. The town is first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046 when it is recorded as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. Just love those names!

    We'd bought an Orkney Explorer Pass which gave us access to 7 of the main attractions on Orkney and Shetland Islands. In Kirkwall this included the St Magnus Cathedral and the Bishop and Earl Palaces. The Bishop's Palace is a 12th-century palace built at the same time as the adjacent St Magnus Cathedral. It housed the cathedral's first bishop, William the Old of the Norwegian Catholic church. It looked a lot like a castle.

    The Earl's Palace is a ruined Renaissance-style palace and was built by Patrick, Earl of Orkney, with construction beginning around 1607 and being largely undertaken via forced labour. The palace was built after he decided that the nearby Bishop's Palace didn't suit his needs. He's considered one of the most tyrannical noblemen in Scotland's history. and was eventually executed for treason (along with his son).
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  • Day4

    St Magnus Cathedral

    July 23 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had booked for an 11 am tour of St Magnus Cathedral. The cathedral is named after a Norwegian Earl of Orkney Magnus who was killed in 1116. Construction was started in 1137 & added to over the next 300 years.
    The tour was excellent. It covered 6 upper floors. Lots of small twisty stairwells. Lots of old artefacts. We stopped a floor below the belfry to hear the 12 o' clock chimes then went up to see the bells. Ended up on the outside balcony above the bells. The views over Kirkwall were amazing.
    Sarah & I went down to Yesnaby to see a Stack at the coast. The coastline was rugged and impressive but we didn't find the stack. We detoured via Orkney brewery on the way back. Hoping to fit in a tour some time.
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  • Day85

    Whisky day

    August 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    2 distillery tours and 8 tastings. I think that's enough for a while. In Scapa and the Highland Park Distillery. I think it's worth a visit.

  • Day8

    Day 7 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

    August 7 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Kirkwall, heard of it? Well I’m guessing probably not so I’ll tell you a little about it. It is the capital of the Orkney Islands situated off the northern end of the Scottish mainland and was a key naval stronghold in both world wars. The township itself is larger than we expected and appears to have about 9000 people living there with a good array of sites, shops and pubs.

    The weather can be challenging but played ball for us today with temps about 14 - 16 degrees and no rain. Remember this absolute peak summer.... Regardless it is a really pretty place with a surprising amount to see. We didn’t do any of the formal tours on offer, instead deciding to find our own entertainment.

    That consisted of firstly a visit to the wireless museum, it’s tiny but packed with old radio equipment, games and gimmicks, including a game of the original Pong which we played and should you ever find yourself in the area, part willingly with the 3 pound entry fee and treat yourself to some old radio nostalgia (see photos!).

    Then off to the actual Orkney Museum to take a look at the exhibition they had about the scuttling of the German Fleet at the end of the First World War. 52 ships were scuttled in Scapa Flow (the area of water almost completely surrounded by the Orkney Islands) by the German Navy commander after they were forced to surrender and sent to the Orkneys where they could be kept secure and boxed in.

    There is also the remnants of an Earls’ Palace, a really large non-denominational cathedral, some lovely shops in a pedestrian area and about 6 pubs!

    We had lunch (and a pint of Orkney Gold for me) at the largest of the Hotels - the Kirkwall, my lunch included a haggis filling which was very tasty.

    The islanders consider themselves to be as much Norwegian as they are Scottish, although that said we were farewelled by the local highland dance troupe!

    Trivia Update - our team was reduced to 6 tonight but still managed second place and we were well happy with that.

    Photos - Highland Dancers waving us goodbye; the Kirkwall Hotel; the Wireless Museum; Pong!; Downtown (me in foreground again), Earls’ Palace (i am again in the way); the Bishop’s Palace; St Magnus Cathedral
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  • Day9

    Supper in Kirkwall

    September 14, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Lovely modern BnB near the harbour, can see the water from my room. Had supper on the high street with a woman from Terrace and a couple from Manitoba. Saw a building for Orkney scouts in town. Not such an early morning tomorrow

  • Day4

    Kirkwall - Ankunft

    May 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Wir haben die Orkneyinseln erreicht und in Kirkwall angelegt. Der Himmel ist bewölkt und die Temperatur liegt bei 9°C. Kirkwall ist der Orkney-Hauptort. Uns erwarten eine atemberaubende Landschaft, mittelalterliche Ruinen, Zeugnisse der Steinzeit und vieles mehr. Nach der Identitätskontrolle fahren wir mit dem Shuttle ins Stadtzentrum. Vom Liegeplatz sind es ca. 2 km bis dahin. Wir kaufen ein Ticket für den Stage Coach und gehen auf Fahrt über die Insel.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Orkney, ኦርክኒ, Orcanege, جزر أوركني, Аркнейскія астравы, Оркни, Inizi Orch, Illes Òrcades, Orkneje, Ynysoedd Erch, Orkneyøerne, Ορκάδες, Orkadoj, Orcadas, Orkney saared, Orkadak, اورکنی, Orkneysaaret, Orknoyggjar, Orcades, Orkney-eilannen, Inse Orc, Arcaibh, Órcadas, Yn Orkaid, Orkneyski otoci, אורקני, Orkney-szigetek, Օրկնեյան կղզիներ, Orkneyjar, Isole Orcadi, オークニー諸島, 오크니 제도, Orcades insulae, Orknio salos, Orkneju salas, Оркниски Острови, Orkney-eilanden, Orknøyane, Orknøyene, Оркнейы сакъадæхтæ, Orkady, اورکنے, KW17, Órcades, Оркнейские острова, Оркнијска острва, Orkneyöarna, ออร์กนีย์, Orkney Adaları, Оркнейські острови, 奥克尼群岛

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