KW postcode area

The KW postcode area or Kirkwall postcode area is a group of 17 postcode districts in the far north of Scotland. Districts KW1KW14 are on the mainland of Scotland, roughly corresponding to the historic county of Caithness, whilst KW15KW17 cover Orkney. The area comprises the post towns of Kirkwall, Stromness, the rest of Orkney, Berriedale, Brora, Dunbeath, Forsinard, Golspie, Halkirk, Helmsdale, Kinbrace, Latheron, Lybster, Thurso, and Wick.

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Kirkwall postcode area
Postcode areaKW
Postcode area nameKirkwall
Post towns15
Postcode districts16
Postcode sectors22
Postcodes (live)1,839
Postcodes (total)2,048
Statistics as at February 2012[1]


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
KW1 WICK John O'Groats, Keiss 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 Kirkwall, St Ola Orkney Islands
KW16 STROMNESS Stromness, Hoy, Flotta, Graemsay, Sandwick, Stenness Orkney Islands
KW17 ORKNEY Most of Mainland, all of the north isles, Burray, South Ronaldsay Orkney Islands


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

See also


  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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