224 Kirkwall Cruise Reviews

We arrived here a day early but too late in the morning for the single 10am Stagecoach bus tour we had planned. In the morning we took the free shuttle bus to town and visited the impressive Cathedral and a museum located just over the ... Read More
We arrived here a day early but too late in the morning for the single 10am Stagecoach bus tour we had planned. In the morning we took the free shuttle bus to town and visited the impressive Cathedral and a museum located just over the road. Both interesting and both free. Fortunately, on the previous day, we had been able to book the afternoon CMV tour 113002 to Skara Brae, Skaill House and the Ring of Brodgar. This cost £51 each but included the £6 ticket price for Skara Brae and the house, both worth seeing. We then were taken to Ring of Brodgar and had time to struggle around this ‘Stonehenge’ in high winds and poring rain. The tour also passed the Ness of Brodgar (site of the current archaeological revelations) and Scapa Flow although we did not see any Churchill Barriers. Our guide was knowledgable and spoke almost all the time during the coach transfers as well as at the sites. Although not cheep, the excursion was reasonable value, especially as, having missed the bus, there was probably no other way we could have seen even a few of the sights. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Kirkwall, Scotland: I was so looking forward to this port as there was a possible opportunity to see the northern lights entering or leaving Kirkwall. I had tracked the possibility on the Shetland Aurora site and stayed up till 11:30 in ... Read More
Kirkwall, Scotland: I was so looking forward to this port as there was a possible opportunity to see the northern lights entering or leaving Kirkwall. I had tracked the possibility on the Shetland Aurora site and stayed up till 11:30 in hopes of a glimpse but gave up because of all the cloud cover. It was mentioned by the captain that shortly after Kirkwall some passengers had mentioned a sighting. We docked at Hatson Pier in Kirkwall and a free port shuttle bus dropped us off at the town information and bus center. From there you could walk into town or catch the bus. There were 2 buses that provided a 3.5-hour tour of the area that people called a HOHO but it is not a true HOHO. It allowed you to stop at a site for a limited time and if you missed the cut-off, you were on your own getting back as it does only 1 loop. With limited availability, we didn’t plan for the bus trip. We had pre-booked a $10gbp tasting and tour at the Highland Park Distillery for noon. As we arrived into town early, we visited St Magnus Cathedral before catching the bus for $.75gbp to the distillery. We were lucky to have pre-booked the tour on-line for $10gbp as many from the ship were turned away. It seems NCL has many of the bookings combined with an island tour. The small group of 15 tour was informative and outstanding value. We received a tasting of their 10 yr. old and 12 yr. old scotch along with a commemorative glass each. The tour also gave you a $2gbp savings on any bottle purchased. I chose to purchase a 10 yr. old 700ml bottle commemorating Inspector John Rebus for $29gbp that available only at the distillery. I don’t drink scotch but SIL does. Surprisingly, I brought it back onboard without it having being taken away. We had planned to walk back to town but didn’t see anything on the way up so we took the bus back. Back in town, we visited the Bishop and Earl’s Palaces for $4gbp. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Great little town to try and walk. Interesting history, and even more interesting was the variety of homes and churches!
Great little town to try and walk. Interesting history, and even more interesting was the variety of homes and churches! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Did the NCL excursion with a trained archeologist as our tour guide and visited the varioius Neolothic sites . Excellent experience from beginning to end.
Did the NCL excursion with a trained archeologist as our tour guide and visited the varioius Neolothic sites . Excellent experience from beginning to end. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Samll town which can get packed if more than one cruise ship is in at the same time. Friendly locals considering how they put up with thousands of visitors swamping the town. Would recommend a tour here as it's a beautiful island with ... Read More
Samll town which can get packed if more than one cruise ship is in at the same time. Friendly locals considering how they put up with thousands of visitors swamping the town. Would recommend a tour here as it's a beautiful island with lots of history and things to see Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A visit to an Ancient ring of stones older than Stonehenge and visiting actual archaeological excavations, plus the manor home of Laird who found remains of ancient people on his land and donated vast areas to science.
A visit to an Ancient ring of stones older than Stonehenge and visiting actual archaeological excavations, plus the manor home of Laird who found remains of ancient people on his land and donated vast areas to science. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We took a hike around the Orkney Island, specifically the Yesnaby cliffs. It was beautiful, and it moves quickly. So, bring some great hiking shoes.
We took a hike around the Orkney Island, specifically the Yesnaby cliffs. It was beautiful, and it moves quickly. So, bring some great hiking shoes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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
Did a private walking tour and it was excellent. The guide name was Jane Cook and She was excellent. I can't remember how I booked but it's a service and a few people contacted me and Jane was the first. She made it very ... Read More
Did a private walking tour and it was excellent. The guide name was Jane Cook and She was excellent. I can't remember how I booked but it's a service and a few people contacted me and Jane was the first. She made it very interesting for us. Loved this place. It helped that the weather was warm and blue skies. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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