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The Kirk­wall Ho­tel, Har­bour Street, 01856 872232. The Kirk­wall Ho­tel, Har­bour Street, 01856 872232.

High­land Park House, Rose­bank, Kirk­wall, 01856 876077. Vic­to­rian man­sion with an­tique fur­nish­ings, 10 min­utes’ drive from town cen­tre.

The Inn Guest House, St Mary’s, Holm, 01856 781786. Rooms boast views over Holm Bay, the Churchill Bar­ri­ers and the Ital­ian chapel.

St Mar­garet’s Cot­tage, St Mar­garet’s Hope, South Ron­ald­say, 01856 831637. For­mer whal­ing cap­tain’s house dat­ing back to 1883. à la carte Ital­ian Chapel, Lamb Holme. Or­nate Catholic chapel built by Ital­ian pris­on­ers of war dur­ing the Sec­ond World.

Good pub grub! The Reel, Broad Street, Kirk­wall, 01856 871000. Live mu­sic and good food in shadow of St Mag­nus Cathe­dral.Ferry Inn, John Street, Strom­ness, 01856 850280. Real ales and good pub grub. Break­fasts avail­able for early starters.Bir­say Bay Tea­room, Bir­say, 01856 721399. Light lunches, snacks and home bak­ing, with panoramic views to­wards Mar­wick Head.Water­sound Restau­rant, Sands Ho­tel, Bur­ray, 01856 731298. Lunches, bar meals and menu us­ing fresh lo­cal pro­duce.Helgi’s, Har­bour Street, Kirk­wall, 01856 879293. Tra­di­tional pub with slate floor and wooden pan­elled walls. Food served from noon to 9pm.

The Kirk­wall Ho­tel Orkney Wire­less Mu­seum, Junc­tion Road, Kirk­wall. Col­lec­tion of do­mes­tic and de­fence ra­dio equip­ment, based on sets col­lected by lo­cal man James Mac­don­ald.Skara Brae, Sand­wick, 01856 841815. Ru­ins of eight houses dat­ing back to 3000 BC and one of Orkney’s most fa­mous at­trac­tions.St Mag­nus Cathe­dral, Kirk­wall. This mag­nif­i­cent red sand­stone build­ing is Bri­tain’s most northerly cathe­dral, founded in 1137.Papa Westray. The two-minute hop to get to this is­land is the UK’S short­est com­mer­cial flight.

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