Kirkwall has many shops and businesses including: hotels, post office, banks, travel agents, pharmacies, grocers, computer supplies, supermarket, numerous cafés, fish and chip shops, Chinese and Indian restaurants, etc.
The Kirkwall BID (Business Improvement District) web site includes a town directory and events list.
You can then use the local bus service to reach the ferry points at Scrabster or John O'Groats. Explore Orkney offers a choice of 7 day trips from Kirkwall featuring the historical and spiritual places of Orkney.
is the official public transport guide with online bus timetables and a journey planner. For parties of 6 or more, customised itineraries can be arranged. Patricia Long is an Orkney tour guide who offers private guided tours and can also help with family research.
Today, many of the tourists that come here are Scandinavian and in the shops you will be able to buy Norwegian newspapers. Connections can be made with flights to and from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast. More flight details online: Kirkwall Airport Coach: If you have no car, a convenient way to reach the islands is to take the Orkney Bus from Inverness to Kirkwall (via the ferry at John O' Groats).
Details of all the events taking place on Orkney this year are available in the local calendar. Foot passengers should note that the Kirkwall (Hatston) ferry terminal is situated some 2 miles out of town. This service runs every day 1 June to 31 August 2017. You can also do the Day Tour from 1 June to 31 August 2017 on the coach leaving Inverness bus station at 7.15am and returning at 9pm. Alternatively, you can take the Citylink coach from Inverness to Scrabster for the all-year-round ferry service to Stromness.
The Stagecoach bus company operates a half-day tour from Kirkwall via Stromness to see Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar. Great Orkney Tours is run by Jean Ross who has lived in Orkney all her life. Scotland Made Easy can plan a customised itinerary for a self-drive tour to suit your interests, budget and time available. They will book you into recommended accommodation where you are assured of quality, comfort and hospitality - usually in 4 star B&Bs in Scottish homes.Orkney is a group of islands situated a few miles off the north-east tip of mainland Scotland.With its green fields and hills, stone pinnacles rising out of the sea, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, it is the ideal place for getting away from it all.Bird watching is another popular activity, as is diving around the wrecks.Orkney was an important strategic site for the British navy during both World Wars and the Germans scuttled their fleet here in 1919.