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Kirkwall


Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the coast of northern mainland Scotland. The town is first mentioned in the Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046. It was established as the settlement of Rögnvald II, Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his successor, Thorfinn. In 1486 King James III of Scotland elevated Kirkwall to the status of a royal burgh; road signs still indicate 'The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall'.

The name Kirkwall is derived from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay). This was later corrupted to Kirkvoe and then Kirkwaa. English cartographers mistook the latter part waa as the Scots wa meaning wall, hence the town became Kirkwall.
Friends are Never Parted
Friends are Never Parted
St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
The lesser Door St Magnus - Kirkwall
The lesser Door St Magnus - Kirkwall
The centre isle St Magnus -Kirkwall
The centre isle St Magnus -Kirkwall
Archers St Magnus - Kirkwall
Archers St Magnus - Kirkwall
View down the isle St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
View down the isle St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
A view up the centre isle St Magnus Church -Kirkwall
A view up the centre isle St Magnus Church -Kirkwall
Entrance to Howden - Orkney
Entrance to Howden - Orkney
View from the Choir St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
View from the Choir St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Bishops Palace - Kirkwall
Bishops Palace - Kirkwall
Kirkwall Harbour Fence
Kirkwall Harbour Fence
Kirkwall Harbour View
Kirkwall Harbour View
Flotta Jetty -Orkney
Flotta Jetty -Orkney
16 Centaury Grave Stone St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
16 Centaury Grave Stone St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Marble Font St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Marble Font St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
John Ray St magnus Church - Kirkwall
John Ray St magnus Church - Kirkwall
Wood psinted Statue St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Wood psinted Statue St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Alcove St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Alcove St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Columns St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Columns St Magnus Church - Kirkwall
Rainbow Kirkwall
Rainbow Kirkwall
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