St Ola

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Highland Park distillery on the outskirts of Kirkwall

St Ola is a parish in Mainland, Orkney. It is in the centre of the island, east of the parish Firth and north of Holm. It contains the capital and largest town of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall. Both Kirkwall (Old Norse: kirkjuvagr, church-bay) and St Ola may take their name from the church of St. Olaf, built about 1035 on the north bank of the Papdale Burn.[1]

Highland Park, the most northerly Scotch whisky distillery, is on the outskirts of Kirkwall.

Several ships of the North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Company (later P&O Scottish Ferries) were named St Ola.[2]


  1. ^ "Papdale, Kirkwall and St. Ola". The Papar Project. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Orkney's £1.5m ferry". The Glasgow Herald. 31 December 1973. p. 9. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 

Coordinates: 58°58′5″N 2°58′2″W / 58.96806°N 2.96722°W / 58.96806; -2.96722