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Earl's Palace
Kirkwall Orkney © Kirkwall Walking Tours

Town Walk, Cathedral and Palaces Tour

From £25 per adult

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January — December

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You will start at the harbour, following the narrow, winding streets, that made up Kirkwall’s medieval coastline. Then take a tour around the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral. You will then go on to visit Kirkwall’s two palaces (Admission included).

The Town Walk, Cathedral and Palaces tour, starts at the harbour, moving up through the historic City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall. You will follow the narrow, winding streets, that made up Kirkwall’s medieval coastline, listening to stories of the notorious Pressgang and of Orcadian wedding traditions. Hear about the fearsome Kirkwall Ba Game, that divides the town in half, at Christmas and New Year. Then get a guided tour around the magnificent 12th century St Magnus Cathedral.

You will then go on to visit Kirkwall’s two palaces (Admission included). Firstly, the Bishop's Palace, the construction of which begun in the 12th century, at the same time as St Magnus Cathedral. Finally you will move on to the early 17th century Earl's Palace, which in its’ day, was one of Scotland's finest Renaissance buildings. You will hear stories about its’ builder the tyrannical Earl Patrick Stewart, whose nickname was ‘Black Patie’. The tour ends in Tankerness House Gardens, with the story of Orkney’s very own Pirate Gow.

Contact details

Kirkwall Walking Tours
Upper Breckquoy
Holm
ORKNEY
UK
KW17 2SD
Starting
Kirkwall Orkney
Length
2
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
History

Tour prices

From

  • £25 Per Adult
  • £25 Per child
  • £25 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Kirkwall Walking Tours

I offer Kirkwall Walking Tours along with tours of all archaeological sites on the Orkney Mainland, as a ‘step on guide’ in your own, or a third party vehicle. COVID 19 Tours are compliant with current regulations and you may be required to wear a mask at some sites. Please ask when booking.

Opening times

Jan - Dec
7 days a week

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