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Bishop & Earls Palace, Kirkwall

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  • We visited the Earl's Palace on the way home from the Brough of Biscay, and whilst it was interesting and had information boards for us to read, it was unstaffed so we just wandered in. Wonder why it ...  more »
  • For any history loving person this is a must see site ! Interesting to learn about the earldoms of Orkney. The Earls Palace is in remarkably good condition for a ruin, even being able to go up to firs...  more »
  • After centuries of wind and rain much of it is still standing. A good place to walk and wonder about the past.  more »
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  • The Earl's Palace dates back to the 1600's, built on/around the Bishop's Palace from the 1100's. Very interesting glimpse into how they lived in these 2 different periods. There's an entry fee (for the Earl's and Bishop's Palace together), but it's included in the Orkney Explorer pass (worth taking if you plan to visit at least 2-3 sites during your stay -- which you should!).
  • If you are into history an interesting place
  • This is a lovely ruin, there are many rooms to explore and the grounds are lovely. The price is a little high.
  • OK for tourists
  • Really interesting a bit pricey