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.