Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Course
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Caribbean Princess arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney

The biggest liner to use Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth tied up today in Orkney.

Caribbean Princess arrived alongside the newly extended Hatston Pier outside Kirkwall with more than 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew on board.

On previous visits, the 290-metre cruise ship dropped anchor in Kirkwall Bay, with passengers brought ashore by tender vessels. Today they could step straight on to the pier, where 10 shuttle buses operated throughout the day to take around 2,000 of the passengers into nearby Kirkwall, where they thronged the streets, shops and cafes in Orkney’s main town. The other passengers used a fleet of 25 coaches to visit the main sites of interest on Orkney Mainland.

‘’The new pier can now accommodate the largest liners in the World’’ claimed Michael Morrison, Orkney Islands Councils Business Development Manager.

‘’The 385 metre berth with 10.5 metres draft at chart datum, is proving to be a magnet for the larger cruise liners, and with Kirkwall now being able to muster this number of coaches for complimentary shuttles to the town centre in addition to 25 coaches for tours, we are confident that we can serve liners of this size without logistical compromise to the overall essence of the port call’.

Caribbean Princess will call a total of 5 times into Kirkwall this season but the largest liner will be MSC Magnifica who will call twice this season. Orkney expects over 62,000 passengers from 76 port calls this season with 57 port calls already booked for 2014.