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Kirkwall

Point D - Kirkwall Castle

Nothing now remains of Kirkwall Castle but you can find a plaque on the wall of the bank building at the corner of Castle Street and Albert Street.

The former castle was built by Earl Henry Sinclair. He had been granted the Orkney Earldom by the King of Norway in 1379. The castle was known as being very strongly built and played an important role at a number of times in history. Remnants remained until 1865, though recent roadworks did uncover stones from the castle.

Plaque for the Castle

Directions: From where you are standing at the junction of Castle Street and Albert Street, you can see St Magnus Cathedral. To the left of the Cathedral you can see a pink granite arched gateway that is the Kirkwall War Memorial. Please make your way over to look at that as it is our next stop on the Eurowalk.