PLACES TO STAY…
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.