Kirkwall

Orkney Isles

Cruises to Kirkwall, Orkney Isles

This starkly beautiful island holds many ancient treasures like the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, which was discovered with the furniture and indoor drains preserved. Make sure to visit the striking trio of St. Magnus Cathedral, the nearby ruins of the Earl's Palace and Bishop's Palace. After touring, stop in a pub to chow down on salmon and lamb dishes with the locals. And ask them about the wide range of Kirkwall's speciality items, which includes cashmere, whiskey and crafts.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Kirkwall
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
    No UTC/GMT Offset
  • Language
    The local languages are English and Scottish Gaelic.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Pound (GBP)
    Shop for cashmere, whiskey and handmade crafts.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Ferries and buses are available to navigate the city. Organised shore excursions are available for sightseeing.
    • Famous For
      Ruled by the Vikings from the 9th to the 13th centuries, the Orkney Islands are famous for their historic landmarks, including 5,000-year-old Skara Brae.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Because it's made up of 70 islands, Orkney's coastline stretches an impressive 1,000 miles, making it rich and teeming with fish and shellfish.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Don't miss Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic settlement discovered in 1850. The Ring of Brogdar, circling 6 miles, is also a must-see.

Featured Kirkwall CRUISE ITINERARIES

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Walk Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.

11-Day Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)

Behold the British Isles of Ireland, Scotland and England.
SHIP Norwegian Spirit
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
Edinburgh (Newhaven) (Scotland); Inverness (Invergordon) (Scotland); Kirkwall (Orkney Isles); Glasgow (Greenock) (Scotland); Belfast (Northern Ireland); Liverpool (United Kingdom); Dublin (Ireland); Cork (Ringaskiddy) (Ireland); Portland (England);
DISEMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
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Enjoy a sunset stroll in Dublin.

12-Day Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)

Enjoy the beauty of Scotland and Ireland with one sea day. | Experience up to 14 delicious dining options on board.
SHIP Norwegian Spirit
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
Edinburgh (Newhaven) (Scotland); Inverness (Invergordon) (Scotland); Kirkwall (Orkney Isles); Glasgow (Greenock) (Scotland); Belfast (Northern Ireland); Holyhead (Wales); Dublin (Ireland); Cork (Cobh) (Ireland); Portland (England);
DISEMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
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12-Day Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)

12-Day Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)

Norwegian Spirit was recently enhanced in 2017. | Itinerary features an overnight in Dublin, Ireland.
SHIP Norwegian Spirit
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
Inverness (Invergordon) (Scotland); Edinburgh (Newhaven) (Scotland); Kirkwall (Orkney Isles); Glasgow (Greenock) (Scotland); Belfast (Northern Ireland); Liverpool (United Kingdom); Dublin (Ireland); Cork (Cobh) (Ireland); Dartmouth (United Kingdom);
DISEMBARK Southampton (London) (England);
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