Orphir overlooks Scapa Flow, situated between Kirkwall and Stromness on Mainland Orkney.
In Orphir you will also find St Nicholas Round Kirk and Orkneyinga Saga Centre – The centre in the Orphir church yard celebrates the great Viking Saga and tells the story of the Norse Earls of Orkney by way of interpretation boards and an audiovisual display. It is free to visit and open daily. The Orphir Round Kirk was built in the late 11th or early 12th century and is the only remains of a circular medieval church in Scotland. It is believed to have been built by Earl Haakon and dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
The ferry terminal of Houton is also located in Orphir, the ferries to Flotta and Hoy (Lyness) leave from this departure point.