A little island, a lot to offer: cruise to Kirkwall on Orkney (UK)
Starkly beautiful, the archipelago of the 70 or so Orkney Islands lies off the far northeast coast of Scotland.
Â Kirkwall, previously an ancient Norse trading town, is today a key destination on our Northern European cruise itinerary and was recently named the UK's best cruise ship port of call at the annual industry awards*.
Kirkwall, the small capital town of Orkney, is characterized by sturdy grey buildings and winding flagstone streets. Dominating the skyline is the impressive St Magnus Cathedral, built of red and yellow sandstone with magnificent stained glass windows.
Leave your luxury MSC cruise liner for the day and step ashore to experience the wonder of these legendary isles, exploring the town of Kirkwall or heading further inland to admire the islandâ€™s scenery and ancient sights. We have a great selection of excursion packages for Kirkwall and its surroundings, all of which offer the best deals on Orkneyâ€™s main attractions.
Kirkwall itself is pleasant for shopping with plenty of authentic boutiques perfect for sourcing quality holiday souvenirs such as Orkney fudge, whiskies, Scottish oatcakes and hand-made woollen goods.
Along the coast, visit the amazing Skara Brae, one of Orkneyâ€™s most exciting and oldest monuments: an entire 5,000 year-old Neolithic village, only discovered in 1850, and a key touristic highlight. More myths and legend abound at the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, ceremonial circles that date back 5,000 years. Orkney is a little island with a lot to offer, and this popular destination is sure to be a memorable part of your MSC cruise vacation.
*November 2010, cruisecritic.com
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