Template:Attached KML/KW postcode area
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KW is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 58°39′14″N 3°17′20″W / 58.654°N 3.289°W / 58.654; -3.289
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
Post towns15
Postcode districts16
Postcode sectors22
Postcodes (live)1,835
Postcodes (total)2,103
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The KW postcode area, or Kirkwall postcode area, is a group of sixteen postcode districts in the far north of Scotland, within fifteen post towns. These cover Caithness (including Wick, Thurso, Halkirk, Berriedale, Dunbeath, Latheron and Lybster), east Sutherland (including Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Kinbrace and Forsinard) and the Orkney Islands.


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
KW1 WICK Wick, John o' Groats, Keiss Highland
KW2 LYBSTER Ulbster, Whaligoe, Bruan Highland
KW3 LYBSTER Lybster, Clyth Highland
KW5 LATHERON Latheron, Latheronwheel Highland
KW6 DUNBEATH Dunbeath Highland
KW7 BERRIEDALE Berriedale, Newport Highland
KW8 HELMSDALE Helmsdale Highland
KW9 BRORA Brora Highland
KW10 GOLSPIE Golspie Highland
KW11 KINBRACE Kinbrace Highland
KW12 HALKIRK Halkirk, Georgemas, Westerdale Highland
KW13 FORSINARD Forsinard, Achiemore Highland
KW14 THURSO Thurso, Scrabster, Castletown, Dunnet, Mey, Melvich, Strathy, Bettyhill, Skerray 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


Template:Attached KML/KW postcode area
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KW postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.IV postcode areaIV postcode area
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. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.