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

Orkney celebrates successful season

The most successful cruise season ever has come to an end for the port of Kirkwall Orkney with 87 port calls delivering 82,000 passengers and 3.25 million gross tonnes of shipping.

Michael Morrison, Business Development Manager with the Council’s Marine Services said ‘Despite the poor weather for most of the summer, we had only one port call cancel which ironically was the last call of the season on the 22 October. Huge credit must go too all of those who contributed in every way to welcoming and serving this large number of national and internal passengers and Orkney has had its reputation further enhanced as a ‘must see’  destination on the Around Britain and European itineraries. In 2015, we welcomed nine new ships that had never called to Orkney previously, and the largest liners to call were the Royal princess and Britannia, both carrying over 3500 passengers’.

Next season, which starts in March and finishes on the 30 December, should be another record breaking year and forward bookings are very healthy.

Kirkwall continues, by some margin, to be the most popular cruise ship destination in the United Kingdom, and one of the most sought after ports of call for maritime tourism in northern Europe.