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OSM Post Office Progress in the 'KW' Postal Area

Comparison of POL data from 2020‑11‑13 and OSM data from 2021‑07‑24 14:51:00 Z. The blue circles on the map are Post Office branches from the official list that haven't been matched to an OSM amenity=post_office object. The red circles are OSM amenity=post_office objects that haven't been matched to a branch on the official list. Pale blue circles are 'home service' branches (for which it's not clear if they should be mapped) and banches that were marked as 'temporarily closed' at the date of the official data. Pale red circles indicate an OSM object that has been identified as non-Post-Office-Ltd business that may still be correctly tagged as amenity=post_office. The green lines represent matches from the official data to OSM amenity=post_office objects (dark green for a match via a ref:pol_id tag, light green for a proximity match). For more information on how to use this map/data to improve OSM, see the Mapping Notes. For more data on the matched/unmatrched objects, see the tables below.

Post Offices on the POL list not matched to an OSM Object

These branches are listed in the official data but do not appear to have a correstponding amenity=post_office object in OpenStreetMap. The data may be sufficient to be able to add the branch directly, but a survey would normally be preferable to ensure the branch and its relation to its surroundings are mapped accurately.

Official ID Postcode Official Name
133426 KW14 7SA Armadale Home Service c/o Melvich Post Office, West End Stores, Melvich
69350 KW1 4XP Auckengill Mobile Service Viking Centre, Auckengill, Wick
146452 KW7 6HD Berriedale Mobile Service The Portland Hall, Berriedale
168557 KW17 2LX Birsay St Magnus Church, 1 Bridge, Birsay
146453 KW9 6NX Brora Mobile Service Car Park, Gower Street, Brora
15871 KW17 2RN Burwick St Margarets Hope, Orkney
95122 KW1 4YH Canisbay mobile service Car Park, Canisbay Village Hall, Canisbay Green Road, Wick
129458 KW14 8TU Castletown Main Street, Castletown, Thurso
127268 KW13 6YT Dalhalvaig Home Service c/o Melvich Post Office, West End Stores, Melvich
1387 KW17 2HT Dounby Dounby, Orkney
16532 KW14 7YB Downreay Main Road, Downreay, Thurso
90121 KW14 8YD Dunnet (temporarily closed) Brittannia Village Hall, Dunnet, Thurso
1824 KW17 2QD Egilsay Egilsay, Orkney
133428 KW13 6YT Forsinard Home Service c/o Melvich Post Office, West End Stores, Melvich
16654 KW1 5UR Gillock Gillock Mains, Gillock, Wick
126233 KW10 6TG Golspie Main Street, Golspie
96588 KW16 3NG Graemsay The Lighthouse, 1 Hoy High, Graemsay, Stromness
69354 KW1 4XB Keiss Mobile Service Keiss, Wick
127162 KW11 6UB Kinbrace Home Service c/o Helmsdale Post Office, 2 Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale
95120 KW5 6DL Latheron Mobile Service Latheron Village Hall Car Park, Latheron
110424 KW16 3NT Lyness Hoy Hotel, Lyness, Stromness
69351 KW14 8XH Mey Mobile Service Castle Arms Hotel, Mey, Thurso
95121 KW3 6BA Mid Clyth Mobile Service End of old Post Office Drive, Mid Clyth, Lybster
2023 KW17 2BU Papa Westray Daybreak, Papa Westray, Orkney
24529 KW16 3LT Quoyloo Main Road, Stromness
69352 KW1 4SA Reiss Mobile Service Nordwall Park, Reiss, Wick
147416 KW17 2QS St Andrews St. Andrews Community Centre, Tankerness
1857 KW16 3JY Stenness Sutherlands Garage, Stenness, Stromness
7985 KW11 6UA Strathnaver Strathnaver, Kinbrace
2179 KW17 2AR Stronsay Ebenezer Stores, Stronsay
69353 KW1 5TS Thrumster Mobile Service Stewart Crescent, Thrumster, Wick
16331 KW17 2DD Valdigarth Westray, Orkney
146454 KW12 6UP Westerdale Mobile Service Parking Area Enterprise Enginnering, Westerdale, Halkirk
16358 KW17 2QA Wyre Outbuilding, Orkney

OSM Objects not matched to a Post Office on the POL list

These are entries are OSM objected tagged with amenity=post_office, which have not been matched to a branch on the official list. Entries here could be due to: Former branches that have now closed, more than one object being tagged for a single post office, the official entry for a real Post Office being matched incorrectly to a different OSM object, other non-Post-Office outlets bing tagged with amenity=post_office. Not all of these entries will be errors in the OSM data, so be careful before making any edits. See the mapping notes.

OSM Object OSM Name OSM PO Ref Operator Brand Note Fixme Last Edit
w118168170 10y
w292946349 7y
n4365753894 Burwick Post Office 4y
w438929464 Burwick Post Office 7m
n1836893656 Wick Post Office 141291 10m

Note: The entries above are based on a larger rectangular bounding box, so may also include some unmatched OSM objects from neighbouring postal areas.

Post Offices on the POL list matched to an OSM object by location

OSM objects tagged with amenity=post_office that have been matched to a branch on the official list by their location. If you can confirm the match, please add the appropriate ref:pol_id=* tag. But please do not rely on the location alone — some of the locations in the POL data are significantly displaced, or have not been updated following branch moves. See the mapping notes.

Official ID Postcode Official Name Official Address OSM Object OSM Name Tags MPC MOH Offset
129006 KW8 6JA Helmsdale 2 Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale n2359333133 Helmsdale Tackle Company/Post Ofice  s   38 m
147884 KW17 2RB Orphir The Kirk, Orphir w353556239 The Noust      230 m
147819 KW15 1XA Papdale 8 Hermaness, Kirkwall n7939560636      13 m
117403 KW16 3BS Stromness 50 Victoria Street, Stromness n1526544336 Argo's Bakery as   26 m

Post Offices on the POL list matched to an OSM object by ID

OSM objects tagged with amenity=post_office that have been matched to a branch on the official list by the ref:pol_id=* tag.

Official ID Postcode Official Name Official Address OSM Object OSM Name Tags MPC MOH Offset
1279 KW17 2DX Balfour Balfour, Orkney n3310202299 Balfour Post Office      30 m
8053 KW14 7SP Bettyhill Bettyhill, Thurso n471823142 Bettyhill General Merchants  s   10 m
1924 KW17 2QQ Deerness Deerness Stores, Orkney w584414934 Deerness Stores  s   987 m
1749 KW6 6EA Dunbeath Dunbeath, Dunbeath w104143924 Dunbeath Post Office      9 m
1428 KW17 2AB Eday Eday Community Enterprises, Millbounds, Orkney n4351421038 Eday Post Office      722 m
1468 KW17 2PJ Evie Mistra, Evie, Orkney w114254117 Evie Post Office  s   8 m
143859 KW17 2EL Finstown Grinnabrek, Finstown w751411942 Finstown Post Office      15 m
1535 KW16 3NP Flotta Flotta, Stromness n833535993 Flotta Post Office      4 m
7592 KW12 6XN Halkirk Crescent Street, Halkirk n523622446 Halkirk Post Office      14 m
1603 KW17 2RU Holm A Flett Builders, St Marys, Orkney n3556762612 Holm Post Office and Shop  s   5 m
8119 KW1 4YR John O Groats Main Road, John O Groats, Wick n1823467386 John O Groats Post Office  s   11 m
3 KW15 1DD Kirkwall 15 Junction Road, Kirkwall w75038321 Kirkwall Post Office a    9 m
16006 KW17 2BW Lady Sanday, Orkney w332117020 Sanday Community Shop  s   33 m
1954 KW16 3PG Longhope Longhope, Stromness n1681685266 Longhope Post Office      7 m
2638 KW3 6AE Lybster Main Street, Lybster n1452691857 Lybster Post Office      6 m
7724 KW14 7YL Melvich Portskerra, Melvich, Thurso n5560608196 Melvich Post Office      412 m
90171 KW17 2BE North Ronaldsay Roadside, Orkney n87885590 North Ronaldsay Post Office      19 m
90168 KW17 2PS Rousay Tou Cottage, Wasbister, Rousay n4536964088 Rousay Post Office aka Tou Cottage      112 m
2148 KW17 2BJ Sanday Sanday, Orkney n4431892092 Sanday Post Office      134 m
7921 KW14 7TH Skerray Community Shop, 6 Lotts, Skerray, Thurso n3674940370 Community Shop as   47 m
2086 KW17 2SP St Margarets Hope The Trading Post, Back Road, St Margarets Hope, Orkney w633743787 St Margarets Hope Post Office as   22 m
22655 KW14 8ER Thurso Meadow Lane, Thurso w604971675 Thurso Post Office      47 m
4699 KW1 5XG Watten Thurso Road, Watten, Wick n3989197586 Woodside Village Store  s   189 m
2205 KW17 2DH Westray General Merchants, Pierowall, Westray n4536676369 Westray Post Office  s   19 m

In the tables above the different letters in the 'Tags' column denote the presence of the following tags on the OSM object: a addr:housename=* or addr:housenumber=*; s shop=*; n note=*; f fixme=*. The purpose of these flags is to suggest when there might be sufficient information to make a positive match with the POL data, and to highlight any objects that may need checking.

For full details of data sources and import dates, see

Data derived from OpenStreetMap data, © OpenStreetMap Contributors, licensed under Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL). XAPI courtesy of Overpass API. Post Office Branch List from Post Office Ltd. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.