Cruising by Marwick Head Cruises

Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, Orkney, Scotland, UK
Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, Orkney, Scotland, UK

The imposing red sandstone cliffs of Marwick Head, on the rugged northwest coast of the Orkneys’ main island, are – according to the RSPB – a ‘seabird city’, home to one of the largest cliff-nesting seabird colonies in Scotland.

Up to 25,000 birds perch along the flower-carpeted cliff edges here in the summer months, and as you sail slowly by it’s possible you’ll see various species through your binoculars, including Puffins, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes to name just a few. You might be even be lucky enough to spot Arctic Skuas and Red-throated Divers.

Look out for the Kitchener Memorial too. This lonely crenelated tower stands atop the cliffs of Marwick Head, and was built in dedication of Lord Kitchener, who was killed when H.M.S. Hampshire sunk off the coast here in June 1916.  

Cruises to Cruising by Marwick Head

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Scenic British Isles & Summer Wildlife • T216

 Dover
Bolette
Thu 19 Aug 2021
5 nights
  • See the Sea Stacks at Duncansby & the Needle
  • Go in search of Sea Birds & Orca
  • View dramatic coastal scenery
Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland

Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland • T2313

 Newcastle
Bolette
Sat 13 May 2023
7 nights
  • Marvel at the natural wonder of the imposing Needle, Old Man of Hoy and Duncansby sea stacks
  • Visit Lews Castle from Stornoway
  • Look for native seabirds on the cliffs of Marwick Head