Kirkwall is the largest town in Orkney. Its name comes from the Norse name Kirjuvagr meaning Church Bay. On this second part of your town walk, I will explain the Ba, a game played in the streets of Kirkwall on Christmas and New Year's day. You will see and hear the history of St Magnus Cathedral, the Bishops and Earls Palaces. (I will offer tours inside these buildings on other occasions) We will also pop into some of our wonderful jewellery, knitwear and craft shops.
Lorna was born in Orkney on the Island of Westray and can trace her family living there as far back as possible. She loves sharing the beauty, history and culture of her islands. Lorna usually speaks in Orcadian dialect which comes from an old Norse language called Norn but don't worry, she will be chanting on tour. Chanting is the Orcadian word for speaking your best English.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Orkney with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Orkney. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
22 May 2021
So good to visit Kirkwall. Lorna is a fantastic guide and made it interesting and educational. I loved to hear her speaking to her local shopkeepers in the Orkney language. Will definitely look out for Lorna’s tours
21 May 2021
21 May 2021
Can’t wait to get to Orkney and Kirkwall for real but in the meantime walking around with Lorna is the next best thing.
20 May 2021
Great tour with Lorna today, just need to buy my puffin hat now.
Carol Walker W.
20 May 2021
Loved the 2 shops..have some Ola Gorie earrings, so enjoyed seeing the other pieces...great postcards too. thanks Lorna!