Upon arrival in Kirkwall, you might well think you've landed somewhere in Scandinavia. Fear not, you're in the right place.
Orkney's bustling capital is an ancient Norse town, standing at the divide between the East and West Mainland. An 11th century marvel, the town was founded by Earl Rognvald Brusason who built his kingdom here. This little town is just one example of the archipelago's fascinating past, with its narrow main streets and mysterious pathways. All of this, of course, lies in the shadow of the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral.
Once upon a time, the town was a serene haven formed around the harbour with only a few dwellings. Kirkwall is now a bustling centre with restaurants, museums, pubs and shops. Wherever you go, you'll be immersed in spellbinding architecture and it's hard to not get distracted by the sheer wealth of history on display at ancient sites such as the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces.