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Kirkwall

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Kirkwall
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County
Orkney
Highway Authority
Orkney Islands

Kirkwall, home to Britain's northernmost cathedral, is the main town on the Orkney Islands. It is an ancient place, with a strong Norse heritage and many fine old buildings. Being home to the Cathedral, it is often referred to as a city, although this is not strictly the case. It is, however, the Island Capital, County Town, main ferry port and largest settlement on the Orkneys. There are many shops and services clustered around the town, not only to serve the islanders, but also the thousands of tourists who visit every year.

Almost all of the A roads on Orkney start in Kirkwall, with the A960 heading south east, the A961 south across the Churchill Barriers to the southern isles, the A964 and A965 head west to Stromness, and the A962 and A963 providing short links in the town. Indeed, the A962 is perhaps one of the shortest A roads in the whole country, being just about 100m long! There is also a B road in the town centre, the B9054, which curves around the east side of the Cathedral, whilst the A960 passes to the front. To the south of the town, the B9148 and B9053 serve the piers on Scapa Bay.

Kirkwall is also the main ferry port on Orkney. Whilst mainland ferries mostly approach the south side of the mainland chain, Aberdeen Ferries, which operate in conjunction with the Lerwick sailing to Shetland arrive at a terminal just outside the town. The northern outer isles of the Orkney archipelago are mostly served by the town centre pier, from where ferries sail to Shapinsay, Westray and Papa Westray, and a combined sailing that visits Eday, Stronsay, Sanday and North Ronaldsay.

Routes

Route To Notes

A960

Airport, Deerness

A961

St. Mary's, Burray Village, St Margaret's Hope, Burwick, South Ronaldsay, Holm links to Pentland Ferry via Churchill Barriers

A962

West Castle Street between A963 and A964

A963

route from A961 to A965 around the south and east of Kirkwall

A964

Orphir links to Flotta & Hoy Ferry

A965

Stromness links to Scrabster Ferry

B9053

Scapa via A964

B9054

King Street, Shore Street

B9148

Scapa former A963

Ferry

Aberdeen

Ferry

Lerwick

Ferry

Shapinsay links to B9059

Ferry

Westray links to B9066

Ferry

Stronsay links to B9060

Ferry

Eday links with B9063

Ferry

Sanday links to B9070

Ferry

North Ronaldsay

A963

Scapa

Links




Kirkwall
Crossings
Roads
NCN1 • A960 • A961 • A962 • A963 • A964 • A965 • B9053 • B9054 • B9148 • C1 (Orkney) • C40 (Orkney) • C41 (Orkney) • C42 (Orkney) • EuroVelo 12
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Other nearby roads
Orkney
NCN1 • A960 • A961 • A962 • A963 • A964 • A965 • A966 • A967 • A986 • B9040 (Orkney) • B9041 • B9042 • B9043 • B9044 • B9045 • B9046 • B9047 • B9048 • B9049 • B9049 (Quoyness) • B9050 • B9051 • B9052 • B9053 • B9054 • B9054 (Finstown - Twatt) • B9055 • B9056 • B9057 • B9058 • B9059 • B9060 • B9061 • B9062 • B9063 • B9064 • B9065 • B9066 • B9067 • B9068 • B9069 • B9070 • B9148


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