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

'Magnificent' says the Master of MSC Magnifica

The Captain of the largest liner to call into Orkney this season the MSC Magnifica, described his port call to Hatston Kirkwall yesterday, 25 May as ‘’Magnificent and A1’’.

The 293 meter liner arrived at Hatston Pier at 8am and 24 coaches toured passengers around the Orkney mainland whilst 8 shuttle buses transferred independent passengers to the town centre. There were 2500 passengers and 950 crew on board, and after presenting a Welcome Plaque on behalf of Orkney Islands Council, Cllr Gwenda Shearer and Michael Morrison from OIC were given a guided tour of the ship. The port call was blessed with warm sunshine which allowed some passengers a spot of deck sun bathing before the ship departed for Belfast at 2pm.

The Magnifica will return to Kirkwall for two further calls this year; anchoring in Kirkwall Bay on the 9 June and back again to berth at Hatston on the 16 August.

Orkney remains the UK’s most popular cruise ship destination and around 60,000 passengers are expected this year with around 20,000 accompanying crew.