Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney, and is situated on 'Mainland', facing north towards Shipinsay. It is on an isthmus between the West Mainland and East Mainlay, and you tend to pass through it an awful lot. As capital, it was the main seat of the Bishops and Earls of Orkney.

St Magnus's Cathedral, Kirkwall

This is St Magnus's Cathedral in Kirkwall.

The Bishop's Palace in Kirkwall. This was taken over by the Earl after the Reformation.

The Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall
The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall
The Earl's Palace in Kirkwall

Updated 22 December 2001.
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