Kirkwall with a population around 9,000 lies in the centre of Orkney separating the West Mainland from the East Mainland. It has external ferry links to Aberdeen and Lerwick and internal ferry connections to the North Isles. It also has an airport with daily links to Aberdeen, Shetland, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Air links to the North Isles are by Islander and Orkney boasts the shortest scheduled flight in the UK between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray.
Stromness to the west has ferry links to Caithness. St Margaret’s Hope to the south has a ferry link to Gills Bay, near John O’Groats.
Orkney had a long association with the Royal Navy, and Scapa Flow was an important anchorage being surrounded by islands but having deep waters and access to the Atlantic and North Sea. It is the site of the scuttling of the German fleet at the end of the First World War.
One of the most impressive landmarks is St. Magnus Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall, which was founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney 1108–1117 by Earl (later Saint) Rögnvald Kali. Next to the Cathedral are the ruins of the former Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace.
One of the major annual events in the town is the Ba, held each Christmas Day and New Year’s Day between the Uppies and the Doonies, each team representing one half of the town.
This office opened in 2001 but can trace its ancestry back to the early 1960s when a young accountant set up in Kirkwall after leaving the army. That practice was acquired in 1986 but subsequently was divided and one part forms the basis of the present Kirkwall office.
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Tel: 01856 878600
Fax: 01856 878601