Kirkwall (Orkney Island, Scotland)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
UK - British Isles

Locode
GBKWL

Coordinates
58.99971 N, -2.97352 W

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Kirkwall is a seaport, the biggest city and capital of Orkney Islands, located on Mainland Orkney Island (off Great Britain's northern coast). The town's population is around 10,000.

Kirkwall (Orkney, Scotland) cruise port

Located on Mainland Orkney's northern coast, Port Kirkwall serves mainly ferries to Lerwick and Aberdeen, as well as to the north Orkney islands.

The town was first mentioned in a 1046 saga as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason (Earl of Orkney), who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn. In 1486, King James III of Scotland gave Kirkwall the royal burgh status. The town's name comes from the Norse "Kirkjuvagr" (meaning Church Bay).

At the town's heart stands the St Magnus Cathedral, which was established in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney (1108–1117) by Earl Rögnvald Kali. Next to the Cathedral are the ruins of former Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace. The town has two museums. The bigger (Tankerness House Museum) has items of local historical importance. Its prehistoric, Viking and Pictish collections are of international importance. The other museum (Orkney Wireless) is dedicated to the history of recorded sound and radio.

Orkney Islands' cruise ship tourism began in the 1980's. The archipelago is among UK's most popular British Isles (Around Britain) cruise itinerary destinations and Scotland's most favourite ship travel destination. An average of 125 ships visit Orkney Isles annually, carrying over 100,000 cruise passengers and around 30,000 crew.


Highlights: Orkney Islands, Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae Neolithic settlement

Kirkwall cruise terminal

Kirkwall port has Scotland’s longest deepwater berth (at Hatston Quay). It measures 385 m (1263 ft) in length and has draft (depth) of 10,5 m (35 ft).

Kirkwall (Scotland) cruise ship terminal

  • Hatston Quay is just outside Kirkwall, offering a complimentary bus shuttle into the town.
  • Stromness is Mainland Orkneys' second largest town and also offers excellent berthing for cruise liners.
  • Kirkwall Bay is another area used for ship anchorage.

Kirkwall tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Balfour Castle
  • St Magnus Cathedral
  • Earls Palace and Bishops (both are former Royal Residences)
  • Highland Park is a distillery producing finest Scotish single malt whiskey.

The Kirkwall cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland.

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Port Kirkwall cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Wednesday
3 May, 2017
MS Midnatsol(arriving at 03 May - departing at 03 May)
Saturday
6 May, 2017
Boudicca(arriving at 06 May - departing at 06 May)
Monday
8 May, 2017
Caribbean Princess(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 17:00)
Saturday
13 May, 2017
Boudicca(arriving at 13 May - departing at 13 May)
Tuesday
16 May, 2017
MS Spitsbergen(arriving at 16 May - departing at 16 May)
Wednesday
24 May, 2017
AIDAluna(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 16:00)
Sunday
28 May, 2017
Hebridean Sky(arriving at 28 May - departing at 28 May)
Monday
29 May, 2017
Norwegian Jade(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)