Orkney & Shetland 2019 - Day 13
Orkney - A Day in Kirkwall
Kirkwall is the largest town on Orkney. We stayed here four nights with plans to spend a day looking around the town, so after breakfast we walked around the shops then visited the Cathedral and the museum. There seem to be a lot of jewellers in Kirkwall, all claiming to be local. Must be the weather...
Kirkwall is an eclectic collection of old and new buildings housing a range of jewellers, foods clothing shops and banks.
St Magnus Cathedral
Magnus was the Earl of Orkney in the early 1100s. The cathedral was founded in 1137. It is an imposing structure made of large blocks on Old Red Sandstone. The sandstone has not stood up to the local weather and is badly eroded in many places. The inside is impressive. It contains many early headstones and memorials to local people. Doctors seem well repreented, as do explorers including Dr John Rae of the Hudson's Bay Company and discoverer of the Northwest Passage.
Last updated: 23/06/2019