Kirkwall Cruises

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland

Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway. 

Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past.[ReadMoreMob] The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.

Don't miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it's fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.

Cruises to Kirkwall

Flam railway, Norway Flam railway, Norway Flam railway, Norway

Classic Norwegian Fjords • S2208

 Liverpool
Borealis
Wed 06 Apr 2022
8 nights
  • Experience the unique seasonal wonder of Norway
  • Witness Fureberg Waterfall at its most powerful
  • A chance to take a fjord kayak tour on glassy waters
Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland

Myths and Legends of British Isles • L2209A

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 13 Apr 2022
9 nights
  • Away from the beaten track, discover places famed for their history and folklore.
  • Delve into the Neolithic and Norse heritage of Orkney and Shetland; and tour to legendary Loch Ness from Invergordon. 
  • Visit Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway and explore Dorset's Jurassic Coast; plus scenic cruise some of Scotland's most beautiful regions. 
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Natural Wonders of Iceland • T2209

 Southampton
Bolette
Wed 04 May 2022
11 nights
  • Search for Whales in their natural habitat 
  • Visit the Gulfuss & Godafoss waterfalls 
  • Spot Puffins & Arctic Terns on Vigur Island 
Puffins on the sea cliff, Iceland Puffins on the sea cliff, Iceland Puffins on the sea cliff, Iceland

Scenic Orkneys & Shetlands in Five Nights • L2214

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 01 Jun 2022
5 nights
  • Scenic cruising past coastal sea stacks
  • Spot local wildlife including a variety of seabirds
  • Explore Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands
The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scenic Isles of the UK • T2212

 Southampton
Bolette
Sat 04 Jun 2022
10 nights
  • Visit the UK’s most hard-to-reach islands
  • Marvel at wildlife in natural habitats
  • Explore off the beaten track on remote islands
Daylight view of Dunrobin Castle, Scottish Highlands Daylight view of Dunrobin Castle, Scottish Highlands Daylight view of Dunrobin Castle, Scottish Highlands

Scenic Isles of Scotland • S2215

 Liverpool
Borealis
Thu 09 Jun 2022
8 nights
  • Scenic cruise by impressive Fingal’s Cave
  • Calls into remote Islands, such as Orkney
  • View seabirds & sea stacks on the Isle of Skye
Skara Brae, Orkney Skara Brae, Orkney Skara Brae, Orkney Isles, Scotland

Scenic Isles of Scotland • S2215BFS

 Belfast
Borealis
Fri 10 Jun 2022
8 nights
  • Scenic cruise by impressive Fingal’s Cave
  • Calls into remote Islands, such as Orkney
  • View seabirds & sea stacks on the Isle of Skye
Puffin on the sea cliff, Shetlands Puffin on the sea cliff, Shetlands Puffin on the sea cliff, Shetlands

Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland • L2218

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Thu 07 Jul 2022
7 nights
  • Cruise past Fingal’s Cave and Dutchman’s Cap
  • Admire the seabirds of Skye, the Orkneys and Shetlands
  • Visit remote Scottish destinations
Kirkwall, Orkney, Scoland, the ruins of the Bishop's and Earl's palace Kirkwall, Orkney, Scoland, the ruins of the Bishop's and Earl's palace Kirkwall, Orkney, Scoland, the ruins of the Bishop's and Earl's palace

Scenic Isles of Scotland • T2215

 Southampton
Bolette
Sat 09 Jul 2022
8 nights
  • Scenic cruise by Fingal’s Cave & Dutchman’s Cap
  • Visit remote islands of Bute, Orkney & Shetlands
  • Spot seabirds on St. Kilda & the Shetlands
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Scenic British Isles • T2217A

 Southampton
Bolette
Mon 01 Aug 2022
11 nights
  • Discover the beauty, history and wildlife of rugged and remote Scottish isles.
  • Look out for native seabirds in Shetland, Orkney and on the Isle of Skye, plus seek-out their historic sites. 
  • Experience memorable scenic cruising, and visit Belfast, Cobh and the Isle of Man too. 
View of the old Lerwick, Town Hall, Shetland, Scotland. View of the old Lerwick, Town Hall, Shetland, Scotland. View of the old Lerwick, Town Hall, Shetland, Scotland.

Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland • T2219

 Dover
Bolette
Fri 19 Aug 2022
8 nights
  • Scenic cruise the picturesque Sound of Mull
  • Explore the remote Orkney & Shetland Islands
  • Explore Loch Ness from Invergordon
Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland Ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness, Scotland

Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland • L2224

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sat 20 Aug 2022
7 nights
  • Enjoy scenic cruising past remote natural wonders
  • Visit the famed Loch Ness from Invergordon
  • Discover Neolithic and Norse settlements
Trinity college, Dublin, Ireland Trinity college, Dublin, Ireland Trinity college, Dublin, Ireland

UK Scenic Isles & Celtic Cities • M2228

 Southampton
Braemar
Sun 11 Sep 2022
12 nights
  • Visit remote islands of Scilly, Shetland & Orkney 
  • Explore beautiful Cornwall from Falmouth 
  • Experience scenic cruising by Fingal’s Cave 
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Scenic Isles of Scotland • L2310

 Southampton
Balmoral
Wed 03 May 2023
9 nights
  • See the remarkable rock formations of Dutchman’s Cap and Fingal’s Cave
  •  Capture the coastal scenes of Northmavine, the Shetlands’ northernmost point
  • Perhaps visit the famous site of Loch Ness from Invergordon
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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