Kirkwall, Scotland Cruise Port

Take a step back in time when you cruise to Kirkwall, Scotland. Here you will find many ways to explore the history and culture of the area. Founded in 1035 by Earl Rognvald Brusason and then quickly became an important part of Orkney. The “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” a UNECSCO World Heritage Site is the best place in the area to discover more about the history of Kirkwall. If you are more interested in something with recent history, consider the Balfour Castle that once belonged to Scottish nobles. The St. Magnus Cathedral is said to have been built by the Vikings during the 12th century and is a fantastic sight to see even today. Below, we have listed all of our favorite things to do when cruising to Kirkwall, Scotland:
 
  • Visit one of the many museums and galleries where you will learn about the cultural side of Kirkwall through paintings, arts and crafts.
     
  • See the Italian Chapel, Magnus Cathedral and Pier Arts center all established through the long and colorful history of Kirkwall.
     
  • Discover thousands of birds in the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, noted to be one of the best areas to birdwatch as they pass by the region.
     
  • Take a tour of a local brewery or whiskey distillery and sample a little of each to try something traditional or new.
     
  • Sample some regional fresh favorites as you pass through the farmers’ market where you can even learn about how to cook them.

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