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Kirkwall Hotel

Located on Kirkwall's busy harbourside, The Kirkwall Hotel is right at the heart of Orkney. Check-in and watch the world go by from your seaview bedroom, the spacious lounge or Harbour View Restaurant. Centrally-located, you can wine and dine until your heart's content - discovering Kirkwall's foodie scene - or head off out exploring the island, it's all easy to do from The Kirkwall. Orkney's finest attractions are only a short drive away.

The Kirkwall hotel had a complete revamp in 2021. With a nod to its Victorian heritage, the chic industrial styling employs a palette of calm neutrals and locally-sourced fabrics. The bathrooms are all new too, with powerful rainfall showers and Scottish toiletries.

Be sure to make time to stop for a dram or two in the hotel's popular Highland Park Bar. There are over 100 local Highland Park whiskies to try, as well as an extensive gin collection (70 gins & counting!)

What makes a stay at Kirkwall Hotel unique?

The hotel is popular for its warm Scottish hospitality and its location right in the heart of Kirkwall. If you are looking for a place to stay that's friendly and 'authentically Orkney', here you have it! You can dine on some of the finest Orkney fare, sample some world-renowned whiskies (locally distilled), and watch the boats come and go from the harbour.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Kirkwall Hotel?

The Kirkwall Hotel has 37 bedrooms, a selection of Classic Double bedrooms, Sea View bedrooms, and suites. Many are dog-friendly and larger bedrooms can be twinned. All have been completely refurbished in 2021, with new ensuite shower rooms added to all bedrooms - featuring powerful rainfall showers.

The hotel has a plush restaurant, busy locals' bar, whisky bar and spacious first-floor sitting room with harbour views.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Kirkwall area?

The hotel is located right on the harbourside in bustling Kirkwall.

Some of the most popular attractions include:

  • Highland Park Distillery: 1.2 miles

  • Maeshowe: 8.2 miles

  • Italian Chapel: 8.2 miles

  • Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Burray: 8.9 miles

  • Standing Stones of Stenness: 8.9 miles

  • Ness of Brogdar: 9.1 miles

  • Ring of Brogdar: 9.7 miles

  • Skara Brae: 17.0 miles

There are also many outdoor pursuits and other endeavours that can be enjoyed locally, including shooting, kayaking and ferry trips to other islands. Exploring the Orkney mainland and outer islands is easy. Cars and bikes are available to hire locally and all of Orkney’s inhabited islands can be reached by Orkney Ferries, many of which leave from Kirkwall harbour - right on the hotel's doorstep!

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

A delicious cooked breakfast is served in the Harbourview Restaurant each morning, as well as brunch at weekends. Featuring an impressive selection of local jams, perfectly cooked eggs, and Scottish favourites, breakfast is FREE when you book on the hotel's website or by calling.

Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed (booking required), and lunch is served at weekends.

In the evening, the Harbourview Restaurant is a popular dining den - busy with hotel guests and locals alike. Tuck into seafood platters, classic favourites, and daily specials - all beautifully presented and served by the hotel's longstanding team.

Other Information

The Kirkwall Hotel is dog-friendly.

Top facilities

Free WiFi

Breakfast included

Facilities & information


Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

Historic property



Free broadband access (wifi)

Children's cots

Children's games

Conference & Meetings

Children's highchairs

Civil Licences


Luggage storage

24 hour security

Wedding Receptions, Civil Licenses

Towels included

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers



Central heating


Sailing, boating, cruises, yachts



Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (additional cost)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Extra info

Nearest Airport: Kirkwall Airport

Nearest Airport Time: 7 minutes

Single room price from: £112.50

Single room price to: £152.50

Double twin room price from: £125.00

Double twin room price to: £165.00

Suite room price from: £245.00

Suite room price to: £245.00

Arrival information and directions

Address: Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KirkwallKW15 1LE, United Kingdom

Travelling by ferry There are four ferry routes to choose from and between 4 and 12 sailings a day depending on the season:

Aberdeen – Kirkwall:

Scrabster (near Thurso) – Stromness:

Gills Bay – St Margaret’s Hope:

John o’Groats – Burwick (May - Sept, foot passengers only):

You are advised to book cars in advance as sailings (especially in summer and at weekends) can be busy.

By plane

Direct flights from all major Scottish airports operated by LoganAir, booked through Flybe:

By train

You can reach the ferry route ports of Aberdeen and Thurso from most main Scottish railway stations. Bikes can be taken on the train:

By bus

The Citylink network takes you to John o’Groats, Gills Bay or Scrabster for ferry services to Orkney:

Alternatively, from June to September, the Orkney Bus operates from Inverness to Kirkwall, via John o’Groats Ferries:

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