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 delivers 7,000 cruise passengers in one day

Despite fears of overcrowding from mass maritime tourism, the arrival of three cruise ships into Kirkwall on the 5 July went like clockwork.

Brilliant sunshine and balmy temperatures greeted Ruby Princess, Nautica and MSC Magnifica who were all in situ by 0900hrs.

Over 2,000 passengers enjoyed guided tours around the mainland of Orkney, the major sites handled the volumes of passengers with ease and local shops and other outlets opened their doors early till late to make the passengers feel welcome.

Local street musicians and Kirkwall City Pipe Band played throughout the day, and in the middle of it all, there was a large wedding ceremony held in St. Magnus Cathedral where a local couple tied the knot.

Local tourism groups provided street entertainment to the amusement of independent passengers and local shops reported a 'roaring trade'.

10 August is the next big cruise ship day when both MSC Magnifica and Ruby Princess will return to Orkney. This date coincides with the local Riding of the Marches spectacle and the Vintage Car Rally, both in Kirkwall.