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

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Faroe Islands

Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands • S215

 Liverpool
Borealis
Sat 17 Jul 2021
5 nights
  • Sail the rugged coastline of the Faroes
  • Spot Sea Birds & Orca
  • Scenic sail the remote Orkney Isles
Duncansby Sea Stacks Duncansby Sea Stacks Duncansby Sea Stacks

Welcoming back Balmoral • L212

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Wed 28 Jul 2021
3 nights
  • See the Sea Stacks at Duncansby & the Needle
  • Spot seabirds such as Puffins & Guillemots
  • Scenic cruise tranquil lochs of Scotland
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Old Man of Hoy, Orkney

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