68 Kirkwall Cruise Reviews

Hired a local taxi for 4 hours. At £40 per hour split 3 ways was worth it. Saw more than those who paid for excursions
Hired a local taxi for 4 hours. At £40 per hour split 3 ways was worth it. Saw more than those who paid for excursions Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Take a tour on the local Stagecoach bus from the bus station, making sure Michael is the driver. He gives a commentary, although he is not obliged to and the bus visits all the major attractiona. Cost £12 per person, extremely good value ... Read More
Take a tour on the local Stagecoach bus from the bus station, making sure Michael is the driver. He gives a commentary, although he is not obliged to and the bus visits all the major attractiona. Cost £12 per person, extremely good value compared to the Fred Olsen tour which covers the same places. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Included tour was okay. In the morning, we walked to the distillery at the edge of town (long walk but doable) and took a tour which was great. We booked ahead online but some people just walked in at the first tour time. Even the ... Read More
Included tour was okay. In the morning, we walked to the distillery at the edge of town (long walk but doable) and took a tour which was great. We booked ahead online but some people just walked in at the first tour time. Even the deluxe tour with more pours did not leave us too happy to get back to the ship for the afternoon included tour. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Our tour guide came from the island answered lots of interesting tidbits. For the few hours we were on the bus, I felt as though I learned a lot about the Orkney Islands
Our tour guide came from the island answered lots of interesting tidbits. For the few hours we were on the bus, I felt as though I learned a lot about the Orkney Islands Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
On a bus again and off to see the Standing Stones of Stenness that are 5,000 years old. They had been set in a large complete circle which now has many missing pieces, but still is awe inspiring. From there we drove to Stromness; a ... Read More
On a bus again and off to see the Standing Stones of Stenness that are 5,000 years old. They had been set in a large complete circle which now has many missing pieces, but still is awe inspiring. From there we drove to Stromness; a harbor town where we were free to explore and shop. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were able to walk from the ship,berth into Kirkwall, this took over 30 minutes (not the advertised 20) although frees shuttle bus was available
We were able to walk from the ship,berth into Kirkwall, this took over 30 minutes (not the advertised 20) although frees shuttle bus was available Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We took the Orkney's Stone Age tour. The sites were good but the guide could have been much better. We piggy-backed on another group at the Ring of Brodgar because their guide was far more interesting than ours. I wish we had ... Read More
We took the Orkney's Stone Age tour. The sites were good but the guide could have been much better. We piggy-backed on another group at the Ring of Brodgar because their guide was far more interesting than ours. I wish we had discovered him at Skara Brae. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We went of afternoon bus tour. Stopped at Scalloway where there is a tiny museum dedicated to the Shetland bus. Did not appreciate shopping opportunity at jewellery store.
We went of afternoon bus tour. Stopped at Scalloway where there is a tiny museum dedicated to the Shetland bus. Did not appreciate shopping opportunity at jewellery store. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was a very interesting place to visit. We did our own thing with hiring a Craigie's taxi to take us around. We were able to go places and see things that we wouldn't have been able to do with a shore excursion, however, as ... Read More
This was a very interesting place to visit. We did our own thing with hiring a Craigie's taxi to take us around. We were able to go places and see things that we wouldn't have been able to do with a shore excursion, however, as pleasant and polite as the taxi cab driver was, he was no tour guide so there wasn't too much information presented on where we were going and what we were seeing although, everywhere we went, there were interpretive signs so all was good. We ended our tour at the Highland Distillery which is a really cool distillery to see and then walked into town to St. Magnus Cathedral. There is a free shuttle bus from the tourist information centre to get back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had pouring rain but still enjoyed the port stop. We arrived 12 hours early so got to enjoy an evening in Krikwall including a concert at St. Magnus Cathedral. The Cathedral is well worth the time you spend there. We went back during ... Read More
We had pouring rain but still enjoyed the port stop. We arrived 12 hours early so got to enjoy an evening in Krikwall including a concert at St. Magnus Cathedral. The Cathedral is well worth the time you spend there. We went back during the next day to look at the modern artwork (decorated viking sails) and the building itself. There is also a visitor's center close by. For me a Kirkwall highlight was the Orkney Wireless Museum, which for an old radio head like me was like being in a toy store. World War 1 and II buffs will also be interested in the military exhibits and the use of radio by the ships in the Scappa Flow. We enjoyed some Orkney Ice cream and scones and tea. A lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We did a HAL excursion to the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae & Skaill House. The Ring of Brodgar & Skara Brae were interesting, Skaill House ordinary. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated into rain and wind and it was very ... Read More
We did a HAL excursion to the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae & Skaill House. The Ring of Brodgar & Skara Brae were interesting, Skaill House ordinary. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated into rain and wind and it was very unpleasant. The local council ran a free shuttle from the port into the town of Kirkwall. At the end of our tour we caught it into the town which was quite interesting. A pity about the weather, otherwise we would have spent more time wandering. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Took the local bus to stone age village and ancient Stonehenge like ruins. Make sure you get to the local bus station by 9 to secure a seat on the 10:00 tours (only run once in the morning and once in the afternoon...too late for cruise).
Took the local bus to stone age village and ancient Stonehenge like ruins. Make sure you get to the local bus station by 9 to secure a seat on the 10:00 tours (only run once in the morning and once in the afternoon...too late for cruise). Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The Standing Stones of Stenness is at least as old as Stonehenge. They are continuing to discover more in that area. And lastly, we finally stopped in the village of Stromness where we had about 45 minutes to shop. It was a friendly and ... Read More
The Standing Stones of Stenness is at least as old as Stonehenge. They are continuing to discover more in that area. And lastly, we finally stopped in the village of Stromness where we had about 45 minutes to shop. It was a friendly and fun place. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Our driver from Orkney taxi never spoke. We heard others were more chatty. We saw what we came to see, stones, ancient dwellings and for cheap price. £20 each for 3 hours. Did our own walking tour of bishops palace and st Magnus ... Read More
Our driver from Orkney taxi never spoke. We heard others were more chatty. We saw what we came to see, stones, ancient dwellings and for cheap price. £20 each for 3 hours. Did our own walking tour of bishops palace and st Magnus cathedral. Don't miss the £1.20 store! Lots of good stuff in there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the cruise terminal into the centre of Kirkwall although I chose to walk both ways. Once in Kirkwall there is a quite Main Street, a church and ruined castle to visit.
There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the cruise terminal into the centre of Kirkwall although I chose to walk both ways. Once in Kirkwall there is a quite Main Street, a church and ruined castle to visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Kirkwall was another beautiful little town to just walk around. Although it was Sunday and early (around 8:30 a.m.) all the shop keepers opened early and gave excellent service. Don't miss their cathedral with it's ancient ... Read More
Kirkwall was another beautiful little town to just walk around. Although it was Sunday and early (around 8:30 a.m.) all the shop keepers opened early and gave excellent service. Don't miss their cathedral with it's ancient graveyard and their local museum, well worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017

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