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Kirkwaa is the mukkilest toun an caipital o Orkney. The name cums frae Auld Norse Kirkjuvagr (Kirk Bay), that syn becam Kirkvoe an syn Kirkwaa.

Ane o the major yeirlie events in the toun is the Baw Game, haudden ilka Christenmas Day an Ne'er Day atwein the Uppies an the Dounies, ilka team representin ae hauf o the toun.

Coordinates: 58°58′52″N 2°57′36″W / 58.9811°N 2.96°W / 58.9811; -2.96