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As the largest settlement in the area, Kirkwall is capital of the Orkney Islands. Located off the northeastern tip of the mainland of Scotland, the town is known for its unique and rich history which can be traced back over thousands of years. Kirkwall also boasts stunning local scenery that includes several historical attractions and spectacular landscapes.
The town is serviced by Kirkwall Airport (KOI), located just over 2 miles southeast of the town centre. Travellers using the Expedia search tool to plan their visit can easily find the cheapest available flights to and from Kirkwall, and also find good deals for local hotels and car hire services.
Kirkwall and Orkney only have the single airport servicing the region. The service providers, which include Loganair and Flybe, provide flights to destinations such as Glasgow, Eday, Shetland Islands, Sanday, Edinburgh, Westray, Aberdeen, Papa Westray, Inverness, North Ronaldsay, and Stronsay.
Those arriving at the airport will find it easy to make their way to the town centre of Kirkwall, as there are taxi, bus, and car hire services available. However, they should be sure to call in advance for both taxi and car hire services in order to ensure a timely pick-up on arrival.
The Orkney Islands are one of Scotland’s most isolated and picturesque landscapes to visit, and those making their way to this northeastern archipelago will quickly discover that it has a timeless atmosphere, undoubtedly due to the large range of Neolithic and Viking sites that can be scattered throughout the islands, some of which date back as far as 5,000 years. Whether you’re visiting the ancient stone-built settlement of Skara Brae, strolling around the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, or visiting the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, you will quickly find that Orkney is a place of myth and wonder.
Similar to many of Scotland’s islands, Orkney is also well known for making some of Scotland’s best malt whisky, and the Highland Park Distillery is one landmark that should be on every whisky lover's list of places to visit for a wee dram. Highland Park, amongst other notable facts, dates all the way back to the late 18th century, and is northernmost distillery in the world.
Because Kirkwall Airport is the only airport serving Orkney, and the region has limited transportation services, visitors should be sure to arrange transportation to and from the airport in advance. Although there are a number of flights arriving and departing daily at the airport, there tend not to be any crowds. Because of its location, at times the weather and wind can cause delays for those both departing from and arriving at Kirkwall Airport, so be sure to check with your service provider that your flight is operating on schedule before making your way to the airport.
With daily and affordable flights operating to and from Kirkwall Airport, there has never been a better time to visit the beautiful Orkney Isles. Use the Expedia search tool to start planning your island adventures today!