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Bishop's and Earl's Palaces

Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop's Palace was built in the 1100s at about the same time as St Magnus Cathedral. King Hakon of Norway dies within its walls after an indecisive battle with the Scots at Largs in 1263.

In the early 1600s, the Bishops Palace was incorporated into a refined Renaissance palace commissioned byEarl Patrick Stewart, one of Orkney's most notorious rulers. The Earl's Palace was reputedly built using slave labour.
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A: Watergate, Kirkwall, KW15 1PD
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