St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall

St Magnus by David Gadient, 2016

St Magnus Cathedral is a magnificent red and yellow sandstone cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall (the largest town in Orkney, and the capital). Both the cathedral and the grounds are a beautiful place to explore and think. It’s the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles―and well worth the trip to see it.

Weeping Window by David Gadient, 2016

We were fortunate to arrive in Orkney while the Poppies: Weeping Window installation―to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland―was still in Kirkwall.

Poppies by David Gadient, 2016

Poppies Close by David Gadient, 2016

David also took some lovely photos while we walked around the churchyard.

St Magnus Plants by David Gadient, 2016

St Magnus Door by David Gadient, 2016

St Magnus 2 by David Gadient, 2016

More photos from other locations in Orkney soon!

Links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings


Filed under Family, Holiday, Journal, Landscape, Life, Nature, Orkney, Photography, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

18 responses to “St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall

  1. Beautiful! And I just learned about the Battle of Jutland on The Great War video series on Youtube. Cool!

  2. Lovely photos. The weeping wall is so stunning and yet so sad.

  3. Those red flowers remind me of the creeping red vines from War of the Worlds.

  4. That’s interesting you saw the poppies, Karen. I saw them in Liverpool last year and then again in Perth two days ago. (On both occasions seeing them was just by chance!)

    • Lucky you! Such a wonderful installation. I knew it would be in Kirkwall before we’d actually left for our trip, and even then, it was truly something to behold as we were walking up to it.

  5. Beautiful. It looks like a very serene setting …

  6. It’s an unusual cathedral! Looks a bit Harry Potter too! 😉 And the poppy weeping window reminds me of the one in London. Seems to keep cropping up that…quite surreal falling from a window! 🙂

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