Orkney is the cruise capital of the UK with over 180 port calls in a 7-month season. With Scotland's longest deep-water commercial berth and berthing and anchorage options around the Orkney archipelago, vessels from the largest class to the small island crusiers form part of a diverse portfolio of vessels that arrive annually.
In 2022, 190,000 passengers plus crew are due to call, and berthing and anchorage space is already partially booked through to 2024. Orkney has over 5,000 years of history within a small area, from the UNESCO world heritage sites at Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and the chambered tomb at Maeshowe to the Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel built during the second world war it’s stunning nature and coast provide an amazing location to explore and visit again and again.
The main township of Kirkwall has been previously voted the top destination in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, an accolade that pays testimony to the passion for cruise and marine tourism in Orkney.