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Cruises to Orkney Islands (Kirkwall)


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The 2025 No-Fly Highlights of the British Isles

Regal Princess 13 Aug 2025 12 nights No-Fly Cruise Southampton

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Itinerary: Southampton, England - Cork, Ireland (Cobh) - Dublin - Belfast - Liverpool - Glasgow (Greenock) - Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) - Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland -...
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The 2025 No-Fly British Isles Discovery

Regal Princess 04 Sep 2025 12 nights No-Fly Cruise Southampton

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Itinerary: Southampton, England - Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland - Invergordon, Scotland - Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) - Glasgow (Greenock) - Belfast - Dublin - Cork, Ireland (Cobh) -.…
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Regal Princess 20 Jul 2025 12 nights No-Fly Cruise Southampton

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Itinerary: Southampton, England - Portland,England, UK - Cork, Ireland (Cobh) - Dublin - Glasgow (Greenock) - Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) - Invergordon, Scotland - Edinburgh (South...
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What to see in Orkney Islands (Kirkwall)

Nestled in the heart of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a port city rich in history and surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of this unique archipelago. For visitors arriving at Kirkwall port, there is a plethora of activities and sights to explore, each offering a glimpse into the islands' rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.

One of the must-visit destinations near Kirkwall is the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site includes some of the most important Neolithic landmarks in Europe, such as the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. The Ring of Brodgar, a massive stone circle set within a natural amphitheatre of hills and lochs, is a testament to the sophistication of Neolithic people. The nearby Standing Stones of Stenness are among the oldest stone circles in Britain. A visit to Maeshowe offers a fascinating exploration of a Neolithic tomb, with its large central chamber aligned with the winter solstice. These ancient sites not only provide a window into a distant past but also offer an atmospheric experience amidst the stunning Orkney landscape.

Another highlight in the area is Skara Brae, one of the best-preserved Stone Age villages in Europe. Located on the Bay of Skaill, this Neolithic settlement was revealed following a storm in 1850 and offers a remarkable insight into the lives of people over 5,000 years ago. Visitors can explore the remains of the stone houses, with their furniture still intact, giving a real sense of everyday life in the Neolithic era. The visitor centre provides context with exhibits and artefacts recovered from the site, making Skara Brae a truly educational and intriguing visit.

In the heart of Kirkwall, the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the Light in the North, is a masterpiece of medieval architecture and a symbol of the Orkney Islands. Founded in 1137, this red and yellow sandstone cathedral has stood for centuries as a testament to the island's history and resilience. The cathedral is notable for its beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with impressive stained glass windows and ornate stone carvings. Visitors can explore the tranquil interior of the cathedral, learn about its history and even climb the tower for panoramic views of Kirkwall and beyond.


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