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Kirkwall is a popular destination amongst travellers thanks to its position off Scotland's north coast and its buzzing atmosphere which is alive with activity during the warmer months. Although it's isolated from the mainland it never feels impacted by this distance and there are many welcoming cheap hotels in Kirkwall which will let you explore the quaint lanes and ancient sites nearby.
A flight to Kirkwall from a London airport should take under two hours to complete. Kirkwall flights are the quickest way to get to the island, although you will need to make a stopover at an airport on the mainland to complete the journey. Cheap flights to Kirkwall Airport will leave you with a 10 minute drive to get into the centre of the town.
During the summer months there are special buses put on in order to cater to tourists. The rest of the year you will probably need to pick up cheap Kirkwall car hire, preferably soon after Kirkwall flights land as this will let you see more of the Orkneys than might otherwise be possible.
The ancient cathedral of St Magnus dates to the 12th century and is made all the more impressive thanks to its sandstone construction which gives it a red hue. Across the way are the Bishop's Palace and the Earl's Palace which are ruins through which you can stroll, whilst whiskey fans should visit Highland Park Distillery where you can try a wee dram for yourself.