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Stunning Ruin

Newer that the Bishop’s Palace and St Magnus Cathedral, which are next door and over the road... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Lovely to hide from the rain

We had a lovely 30 minutes walking around this semi ruined palace. It was covered by our Historic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lauren G
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Newer that the Bishop’s Palace and St Magnus Cathedral, which are next door and over the road respectively, the Palace was built in the 1600’s. Set in beautiful gardens the building has classic beauty and your National Trust card will gain you entry.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Date of Visit: Saturday, Sept 1, 2018 We love to visit abandoned buildings, and explore historic sites at Rogue Trippers. So when we visited Kirkwall, it was without question, that we would visit The Earl's Palace when we learned this castle/palace existed. The palace is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely 30 minutes walking around this semi ruined palace. It was covered by our Historic Scotland membership and they allowed us to bring our dog in. Given the weather this was especially kind of them. Loved reading about all the exploits of...More

Thank Lauren G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the third major historic structure in this part of Kirkwall. It shares an admission ticket with the Bishop's Palace next door. Although there's not as much to see it is still worth taking the time to visit this site.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had time to kill in Kirkwall and decided to explore. We came across The Earl's Palace and the Bishop's Palace next door. Of the two, The Earl's Palace is more impressive. Although it is technically in ruins, there are sections that are remarkably preserved....More

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We noticed in the visitors' book at the palace that someone had written "needs a new roof." Ha. Guess someone doesn't know the definition of a "ruin." But you can climb up to the third floor of the former palace, and get a great view...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all stayed here overlooking the palace very nice area steeped in history you can walk to the lighthouse at low tide from here public toilets and a shop postoffice

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Palace is best seen with a knowledgeable guide who can explain how this Earl changed the history of the island.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built by Patrick, the Early of Orkney in the early 17th century, the ruins of the palace were once the home of the man regarded as the most tyrannical in Scottish history.

Thank VictoriaS2790
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in to the Earl’s Palace after a visit to Brough of Birsay and spent 15 minutes walking round reading the signs. There is a shop nearby where you can get hot drinks and a WC.

Thank Julie R
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8 March 2018|
Response from FloydBaran | Reviewed this property |
An hour will easily cover everything,
11 April 2017|
Response from tiredandtravelled | Reviewed this property |
There isn't a tour. Entrance in Kirkwall is about 4 Scottish pounds. There is signage and you can wander where you like. Next to the Bishop's Palace and interestingly they built the functioning law courts behind the... More
17 January 2017|
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Response from Dianas66 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there,if you arrive at Hatson you will be shuttled by bus,to the travel centre,you can walk from the travel centre in about 5 mins,its just next to the cathedral,so you cannot miss it,Bishops palce is right next to Earls... More