KW postcode area

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Kirkwall postcode area
KW is located in the United Kingdom
Postcode area KW
Postcode area name Kirkwall
Post towns 15
Postcode districts 16
Postcode sectors 22
Postcodes (live) 1,839
Postcodes (total) 2,048
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The KW postcode area or Wick postcode area is a group of postcode districts in the far north of Scotland. Though the area includes all of the Orkney Islands it is named after Wick (hence KW1) the largest town in Caithness, the first 14 districts are on the mainland of Scotland roughly corresponding to the boundaries of the historic county of Caithness. The area comprises the post towns of Berriedale, Brora, Dunbeath, Forsinard, Golspie, Halkirk, Helmsdale, Kinbrace, Latheron, Lybster, Thurso and Wick, as well as Kirkwall, Stromness and the rest of Orkney.


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
KW1 WICK Caithness Highland
KW2 LYBSTER Caithness Highland
KW3 LYBSTER Caithness Highland
KW5 LATHERON Caithness Highland
KW6 DUNBEATH Caithness Highland
KW7 BERRIEDALE Caithness Highland
KW8 HELMSDALE Sutherland Highland
KW9 BRORA Sutherland Highland
KW10 GOLSPIE Sutherland Highland
KW11 KINBRACE Sutherland Highland
KW12 HALKIRK Caithness Highland
KW13 FORSINARD Sutherland Highland
KW14 THURSO Caithness Highland
KW15 KIRKWALL Orkney Islands Orkney Islands
KW16 STROMNESS Orkney Islands Orkney Islands
KW17 ORKNEY Orkney Islands Orkney Islands


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KW postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas. IV postcode area IV postcode area
KW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with link to nearby IV postcode area.

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  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. February 2012. Table 2. Retrieved 21 April 2012.  Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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