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 Pulls out all the stops for Cruise Ship visits

Despite some weather delays, and unexpected deviations on itinerary timings, Orkney pulled out all the stops from Thursday to Sunday to cater for the 4450 passengers who came ashore in Kirkwall and Stromness.

The Princess Daphne arrived on schedule at Hatston on Thursday morning with 450 passengers on board, and despite the rain, all tours left on time. The Costa Magica experienced weather delays out of Iceland and didnt arrive in Kirkwall Bay until 12:30, four hours later than expected. Tours were hastily re arranged and despite the late arrival, passengers were not disappointed with what they saw and experienced on the Orkney Mainland. The streets of Kirkwall thronged with over 2000 shoppers right through till 7.45 pm when the last tender left the pontoon at Kirkwall.

The Christopher Columbus arrived on time at anchor  on Saturday with 375 passenges on board but the Saga Rose, on her final voyage before decommissioning, arrived at Hatston on Saturday 6 hours behind schedule due to adverse weather out of Stavanger, followed by a medical emergency.

However, once again tours were hastily arranged and all was not lost.  Former MP Edwina Currie who was also on board, was in good spirits as she was waved off from the Saga Rose  on Saturday evening.

The Hebridean Princess and The Island Sky were both on 3rd time visits to Stromness this season and all went according to plan.

There are still 6 more port calls for cruise ships this season plus 3 more visits from the Statsraad Lehmkuhl training ship.

Details of these visits are in the cruise section of the OIC Marine Services website