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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place to shop
“Orkneys premier neolithic site and a must see for any visitor. This site takes you all the way back 5000 years to a time when the early inhabitants of Orkney lived and worked. Be warned this can be a busy place, especially if there are cruise liners in port, so plan your visit carefully to avoid disappointment. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Church
“Just a few minutes walk away, highly recommend a visit to enjoy this magnificent building ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Transportation
“The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit anytime of day and night. It is an unescorted site in the evening hours. It is situated a couple of miles from Smiddy Cottage. It is one of the northernmost examples of hung circles in the U.K. it is a site of great presence and awe. Thoroughly recommended and not to be missed.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Orkneys secret cousin to Scara Brae. Take a trip out west see this structure overlooking Rousay. Watch the "race" where the atlantic ocean meets the north sea and the waters are at different levels. The nearby beach is lovely at low tide. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Church
“The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Catholic chapel on Lamb Holm in the Orkney Islands. It was built during World War II by Italian prisoners of war, who were housed on the previously uninhabited island while they constructed the Churchill Barriers to the east of Scapa Flow. Only the concrete foundations of the other buildings of the prisoner-of-war camp survive. It was not completed until after the end of the war, and was restored in the 1960s and again in the 1990s.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Tidal Island (please check for low tide times ) It has remains of a Viking settlement, a 12th century Monastery and its also a nature reserve and has sea birds nesting in Spring/summer”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cinema
“There Is An Incredible Swimming Baths & Poweful Jecuzzi & Dry & Steam Saunna. And a Fantastic Gym and Squash Courst and If That Wasn't Engough An Amazing Cinemas Also. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Tours on Wednesday at 10 am June July and August, tour at 10 am on Monday/Wednesday and Friday”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Maeshowe is a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave situated on Mainland Orkney, Scotland. It was probably built around 2800 BC. It gives its name to the Maeshowe type of chambered cairn, which is limited to Orkney.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a great pub situated on Kirkwall's harbour front. Local beers and great food. Food is served until 9pm and it can be busy so it's often advisable to book a table if you don't want to take a chance. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Store
“Stunning family run museum, with artefacts and information dating back over 5000 . This has a Bronze Age burnt mound as well as a stone age tomb to explore ( with a special skate board to help you get inside the tomb) . Hands on talks for experienced friendly guides who are full of local knowledge to help you get the most out of your visit , this museum let you get up close with real artefacts on display and some you have the chance to hold. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Representing Orkney art and craftsmanship. The building won best building of the year in ...... The small shop hosts unusual gifts and local crafts. Not to be missed.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“the place to go in Kirkwall for gifts and a bite to eat in the lovely café ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great food, huge portions but don't expect lightning service especially when it's busy. Great views across Harray Loch.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A must see. Now known to pre date Stonehenge. The adjacent "Neolithic Cathedral" is currently being excavated, and you can watch the archaeologists at work during the summer (check your dates). It is thought to be the hub from which the Neolithic expanded out over the British Isles and Northern Europe. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A cafe near the Cathedral, with outdoor seating for watching the world walk by on a fine day. Also for live music in the evenings. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is a great pub situated on Kirkwall's harbour front. Local beers and great food. Food is served until 9pm and it can be busy so it's often advisable to book a table if you don't want to take a chance. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Has a wide choice of menu. It is always advisable to book during the high season”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of our regular restaurants which we highly recommend. Very friendly service and beautiful food.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“WELL WORTH A VISIT OR TWO. THIS WORKSHOP AND CAFE ARE WELL PRESENTED WITH EXCELLENT JEWELLERY AND FOOD SUPPLIED.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Opposite the ferry terminal. This lovely cafe is open from 9-5pm (10-5pm on Sunday) . They serve food all day, have excellent coffees and cakes and incorporate local produce where possible. Book a table for lunch in high season. 01856 850904”
  • 2 locals recommend
Campground
“We love this place and have only just discovered it recently. Very friendly service. Pizzas cooked while you watch.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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