Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Orkney Archipelago is a group of barren, treeless islands lying off northern Scotland. Strong winds sweep over its rugged wave-beaten coastline. They are typified by tall sandstone cliffs, moss-covered, metamorphic rocks, low-growing bushes and a carpet of plants, which cover the ground in a tapestry of emerald green. The largest town and the capital of Orkney is Kirkwall. It is an ancient Norse town, founded by Earl Rognvald Brusason who built his kingdom here. Early farmers first arrived on these shores over 5,000 years ago, and ancient remains from the Neolithic period pepper the landscape. The cultural significance of a number of these led to an extensive area being designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. It was named ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney.’

 

One of the town’s prominent landmarks is St Magnus Cathedral. Constructed of beautiful red and yellow sandstone, it towers over the rest of the town’s buildings. 10:02 AMhe seaside Main Street twists through town, inviting everyone to explore its shops, cafes and little alleyways.