Kirkwall is the biggest town and capital of Orkney Islands, located off Great Britain's north coast and on the island of Mainland Orkney. The town is first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in 1046 when it was recorded as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. In 1486, King James III of Scotland elevated the city of Kirkwall to the status of royal burgh. Modern roadsigns still indicate "The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall".
The name Kirkwall comes from the Norse "Kirkjuvagr" (meaning Church Bay), which later changed to Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa, Kirkwall.
Located on Mainland Island's northern coast and with a population of around 9,000, Kirkwall is a port city with ferry services to Lerwick and Aberdeen, as well as the north Orkney islands. At the heart of Kirkwall stands Saint 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 former Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace ruins. The town features two museums, the bigger being Tankerness House Museum, containing items of local historical interest within one of the best-preserved 16th century town-houses in Scotland. The prehistoric, Viking and Pictish collections are of international importance. The other museum is Orkney Wireless, dealing with the history of recorded sound and radio.
Orkney Islands' cruise ships tourism began in the 1980's. The island group is among the UK's most popular British Isles (Around Britain) cruise itineraries and the Scotland's most favourite ship travel destination. An average of 125 ships visit the 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 the Scotland’s longest deepwater berth (at the Hatston Quay). It measures 385 m (1263 ft) in length and has draft (depth) of 10,5 m (35 ft).
- Hatston Quay is just outside Kirkwall, offering a complimentary bus shuttle into the town.
- Stromness is the Mainland Orkneys second largest town and also offers excellent berthing for cruise ships.
- 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.
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26 April, 2017