A warm welcome to the ports of Kirkwall and Stromness in the Orkney Islands, the United Kingdom’s cruise capital.

AIDAcara's call to Kirkwall today has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
07:17 am Sep 15th

Welcome to Orkney

On this website you’ll find all of the information you need to make the most of your stay in our beautiful, historic and friendly islands.

Cruising into Orkney, you’ll enter a different world, one in which you’ll discover stunning scenery, unrivalled archaeology, abundant wildlife, rich culture and fabulous food and drink.

You’ll also find a warm welcome awaiting you within our friendly community. In Orkney, we’re proud of our distinctive heritage and eager to share our many wonderful attractions with you, our guest.

During your visit to Orkney, you’ll see our most famous landmarks and travel back over 5,000 years in time, but we also hope you’ll make countless discoveries of your own and leave here with treasured memories of the time you’ve shared with us.

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Orkney Distilling

Kirkwall’s harbour-front is welcoming its own new development. Next year the doors will open to Orkney Distilling Ltd’s new distillery, the home of Kirkjuvagr Gin.

It has been an incredibly busy year for the company, run by husband and wife team Stephen and Aly Kemp. The business was established in January 2016, the first bottles of its signature gin were on the shelves by August, and now the distillery building is only a number of months away from its official opening.

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