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Kirkwall (Orkney Island, Scotland)

Cruise Port schedule, live map, terminals, news

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Ireland - UK - British Isles

Local Time
2019-10-17 02:30

min: 51 °F (10 °C) / max: 53 °F (12 °C) 52°F
11.2°C
Wind: 286°/ 5.2 m/s  Gust: 6 m/sWind: 286°/ 5.2 m/s  Gust: 6 m/sGentle breeze
5.2 m/s
Min / Max Temperature53 °F / 12 °C
51 °F / 11 °C

Kirkwall is a seaport, the biggest town (population around 10,000) and capital city of Orkney Islands. Kirkwall is located on Mainland Orkney Island, off Great Britain's northern coast. Port Kirkwall serves mainly ferries to Lerwick and Aberdeen, as well as to North Orkney islands. The company serving these routes with regularly scheduled (daily) overnight crossings is Northlink Ferries.

Kirkwall (Orkney, Scotland) cruise port

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

In 2018, Viking Ocean rated Kirkwall as "top cruise destination" among 46 seaports in Northern Europe. The rating was based on feedbacks from passengers, following company's 2018 itinerary program analysis. For season 2018, Port Kirkwall handled 140 cruise ship calls. For season 2019 were scheduled 170 calls. Around half of the visiting vessels are smaller-sized luxury ships (with max capacity 500 passengers).

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.

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.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 August, 2019
Thursday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
1 August, 2019
Thursday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAcara10:0018:00
2 August, 2019
Friday
Fred Olsen Cruises cruise lineBalmoral
3 August, 2019
Saturday
Costa Cruises Cruises cruise lineCosta Mediterranea13:0020:00
5 August, 2019
Monday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineSea Cloud II13:0019:00
6 August, 2019
Tuesday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Jupiter
6 August, 2019
Tuesday
Cruise and Maritime Voyages Cruises cruise lineCMV Magellan08:0017:00
7 August, 2019
Wednesday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineHebridean Princess
7 August, 2019
Wednesday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Wind08:0016:00
7 August, 2019
Wednesday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Nautica09:0018:00
10 August, 2019
Saturday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Sea
11 August, 2019
Sunday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise linemv Aegean Odyssey09:0014:00
12 August, 2019
Monday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Sun
12 August, 2019
Monday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrown Princess07:0019:00
14 August, 2019
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0017:00
15 August, 2019
Thursday
Fred Olsen Cruises cruise lineBlack Watch
16 August, 2019
Friday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Navigator08:0017:00
19 August, 2019
Monday
Cruise and Maritime Voyages Cruises cruise lineCMV Marco Polo08:0023:00
21 August, 2019
Wednesday
Fred Olsen Cruises cruise lineBoudicca
22 August, 2019
Thursday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Sun
22 August, 2019
Thursday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAcara10:0018:00
23 August, 2019
Friday
Windstar Cruises cruise lineStar Breeze13:00
24 August, 2019
Saturday
Fred Olsen Cruises cruise lineBlack Watch
25 August, 2019
Sunday
Windstar Cruises cruise lineStar Pride07:0013:00
26 August, 2019
Monday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 309:0022:00
29 August, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Orchestra09:0019:00
31 August, 2019
Saturday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAluna11:0019:00
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