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School Pl, Kirkwall KW15 1NY, UK – 01856 873535
The Orkney Islands Council is the local authority for Orkney, Scotland. It was established in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and was largely unaffected by the Scottish local government changes of the mid-1990s. It provides services in the areas of Environmental Health, Roads, Social Work, Community Development, Organisational Development, Economic Development, Building Standards, Trading Standards, Housing, Waste, Education, Burial Grounds, Port and Harbours and others. The council is allowed to collect Council Tax. The council is also the harbour authority for Orkney and its Marine Services division manages the operation of the islands' 29 piers and harbours.
Everyone at the council offices are so helpful
35 Victoria St, Kirkwall KW15 1DN, UK – 07979 125842
Excellent coffee, served by a friendly and knowledgeable barista. Also has a wide selection of teas and hot chocolate for making at home. Be aware that inside is very limited in terms of table space but don't let this discourage you. Take away cups are of the green, recyclable variety.
50 Albert St, Kirkwall KW15 1HQ, UK – 01856 878000
I was hoping there would be a good bookshop in Kirkwall and I was not disappointed. The shop is quite large and you can take your time to peruse the books, maps that they sell. I bought two books one to encourage me to get out walking next time I visit. The other was to do with Scapa Flow and the brave who lost their lives during the war.
Well stocked "proper" bookshop. They had the maps we sought, also. Excellent