Britain’s Most Popular Cruise Ship Destination
At 59 degrees north, and embracing British, Scottish, Orcadian and Viking Heritage and Culture, The Orkney Islands are a must see destination on any Around Britain, Scandinavian or northern European Cruise.
The diversity of itineraries encompassing 500 years of history, relics of two World Wars, Britains most northerly Cathedral, Castle, Distillery and a globally reknowned Word Heritage Site all contribute to a wealth of choice in deciding how to spend your time in Orkney.
Scotland’s longest deepwater, commercial berth can accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise liners, and there is additional capacity for other berthing and anchorage locations in Kirkwall and Stromness. Kirkwall receives over 80,000 cruise ship passengers annually, and in 2016 will welcome the arrival of both the 1500 cruise ship port call and the 750,000 passenger since official records began.
Cruise ship visitors are given a Welcome Brochure and street map with all the main tourism points of interest highlighted in six international languages, and a complimentary shuttle bus service transports passengers from the main terminal at Hatston Pier into Kirkwall. It is worth noting that despite the progressive vibrancy and bustling commercial activity of this island group, there are not any trains, dual carriageways, shopping malls or traffic lights in Orkney which makes the visit experience all the more unique.
Top Five Facts About Kirkwall, Orkney
- Kirkwall is the United Kingdom’s most popular cruise ship destination
- Kirkwall has witnessed over 240% growth in passenger numbers in the last 5 years
- Orkney’s 5000 year old historic sites are totally accessible and are not security fenced or untouchable
- Many of Orkney’s historic sites are free of charge at the point of entry
- Orkney’s most popular visitor attraction is the Italian Chapel, hand built by Italian Prisoners of War
Hatston Pier. Kirkwall. Lat. 59° 00′ 01″ N, Long. 002° 58′ 29″ W.
variable according to season
Hatston Pier 385 metres LOA 10.5 metres draft
Over 385 metres. risk assessment required
10.5 meters at chart datum
Royal Princess/MSC Splendida
VHF Channel 11
Draft restricted berthing at 10.5 metres
Compulsory for passenger vessels over 65 metres
3 x 55 tonne bollard pull ASD tugs available ( pre booking required)
Full ISPS accredited port
10 metre and 15 metre gangways available with PRM facilities
Available at 50 tonnes per hour flow rate
MGO bunkers available subject to pre notification
Permits required in advance via the Harbour Authority
All waste handled apart from liquid waste and grey water waste
Reception building at Hatston terminal
Available via ATM’s and lcoal post office
Available free of charge at the cruise terminal and throughout Kirkwall.
Public telephones available in Kirkwall.
Mailboxes and lcoa post office close to the main visitors arrival point.
Several in the centre of Kirkwall.
In the centre of Kirkwall
In the centre of Kirkwall
1856 873636 / +447595091393
Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, Orkney, Scotland KW15 1SD