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A little piece of Scotland scattered across the North Atlantic, Orkney was a favourite haunt of Picts and Vikings, who left chambered tombs and stone circles dotted across these windswept northern isles.

Ancient Orkney

You don’t have to travel far in Kirkwall to find ancient history. The city centre is dominated by the sandstone buttresses of St Magnus Cathedral, sacred to Magnus Erlendsson, the 12th-century Earl of Orkney, whose piety was recorded in Viking sagas. Vikings left a more lasting legacy in the Iron-Age tomb of Maeshowe – its stone walls are covered in graffiti spelled out in Viking runes. Other top spots for history buffs include the lonely Ring of Brodgar, and the vaulted tomb of Minehowe, all within easy reach of Kirkwall.

Celtic creations

Orkney may have Viking roots, but its heart is firmly Caledonian. On the outskirts of Kirkwall, the Highland Park distillery produces one of Scotland’s most respected single malts using hand-malted barley and Orkney peat. It’s the perfect dram to accompany a meal of Orkney cheese and oatcakes, razor clams and North Ronaldsay lamb, raised on a diet of wild grass and seaweed. Seek out these local delicacies at the historic Kirkwall Hotel (Harbour Street), or The Foveran, just outside Kirkwall on the road to Orphir.

Back to nature

Take a short break to Kirkwall from Glasgow Airport and escape to the wild. Rare birds gather in the lochs scattered across mainland Orkney, and seals and dolphins are spotted around the rugged coastline. Birders flock to the island's nature reserves to see waders on the marshes of the Loons, seabird colonies at Marwick Head and hen harriers and short-eared owls on the peat bogs of Hobbister – source of the peat used to produce Kirkwall's favourite whisky. 

Activities in Kirkwall

Flight Schedule

Flights departing from Glasgow to Kirkwall

Dep Arr To Airline No. M T W T F S S Dates
08:30 09:45 KOI Loganair LM432 15/12/18-12/01/19
09:10 10:25 KOI Loganair LM434 22/12/18-22/12/18
10:05 11:15 KOI Loganair LM432 28/12/18-28/12/18
10:05 11:15 KOI Loganair LM434 27/12/18-27/12/18
10:05 11:20 KOI Loganair LM432 01/04/19-16/11/19
10:05 11:20 KOI Loganair LM434 24/12/18-31/12/18
11:55 13:05 KOI Loganair LM432 17/11/18-30/03/19
12:00 13:15 KOI Loganair LM434 30/12/18-24/03/19
12:10 13:25 KOI Loganair LM434 15/12/18-15/12/18
12:25 13:40 KOI Loganair LM434 23/12/18-23/12/18
12:45 14:00 KOI Loganair LM432 22/12/18-29/12/18
13:00 14:15 KOI Loganair LM432 02/01/19-02/01/19
13:00 14:15 KOI Loganair LM434 18/11/18-17/02/19
13:40 14:55 KOI Loganair LM432 21/12/18-21/12/18
14:00 15:15 KOI Loganair LM434 12/11/18-17/11/19

Flights departing from Kirkwall to Glasgow

Dep Arr From Airline No. M T W T F S S Dates
10:15 11:25 KOI Loganair LM433 17/11/18-30/03/19
10:30 11:40 KOI Loganair LM435 15/12/18-15/12/18
10:55 12:05 KOI Loganair LM435 22/12/18-22/12/18
11:45 12:55 KOI Loganair LM433 28/12/18-28/12/18
11:45 12:55 KOI Loganair LM435 27/12/18-27/12/18
11:50 13:00 KOI Loganair LM435 24/12/18-31/12/18
12:00 13:10 KOI Loganair LM433 01/04/19-11/11/19
12:00 13:10 KOI Loganair LM435 07/09/19-16/11/19
13:45 14:55 KOI Loganair LM435 30/12/18-24/03/19
14:10 15:20 KOI Loganair LM435 23/12/18-23/12/18
14:30 15:40 KOI Loganair LM433 22/12/18-29/12/18
15:25 16:35 KOI Loganair LM433 21/12/18-21/12/18
15:45 16:55 KOI Loganair LM435 12/11/18-17/11/19
16:00 17:10 KOI Loganair LM433 15/12/18-12/01/19
17:25 18:35 KOI Loganair LM435 02/01/19-02/01/19
18:20 19:30 KOI Loganair LM435 18/11/18-17/02/19

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