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

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

Read on to begin your Orkney adventure.

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About the Orkney Islands

Orkney lies only a few miles off the north coast of Scotland, yet our archipelago of 70 islands and skerries has an otherworldly quality and magnetism that has captivated travellers for thousands of years.

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.

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Most of Orkney’s 21,000 strong population lives on the largest island, Mainland, though many of our inner and outer islands also support thriving communities. Farming and tourism are the main activities in the islands, but we also have a very busy crafts industry – and lots more!

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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