Silversea Luxury Cruises To KIRKWALL (Orkney)

KIRKWALL (Orkney)

In bustling Kirkwall, the main town on Orkney, there's plenty to see in the narrow, winding streets extending from the harbor. The cathedral and some museums are highlights.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ROME (Civitavecchia) To AMSTERDAM
  • Departure
    May 06 2020
  • Duration
    19 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
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DUBLIN To AMSTERDAM
  • Departure
    May 15 2020
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
From US$ 5,850
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DUBLIN To REYKJAVIK
  • Departure
    May 29 2020
  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
From US$ 8,910
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REYKJAVIK To LONDON (Tower Bridge)
  • Departure
    Jul 08 2020
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Wind
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Excursions in KIRKWALL (Orkney)

Distillery & South Isles Churches

Experience the splendid coastal beauty, flavours and churches of Orkney and the South Isles during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Kirkwall, Scapa Flow, South Isles, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive along the coast of the Scapa Flow en route to the South Isles. Cross over the Churchill Barriers, built during World War II to protect the Scapa Flow, a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The Scapa Flow and its sheltered waters have been used by ships throughout history, and played an important role in travel, trade and conflict for centuries, especially during World War I and World War II. A stop is made for a guided visit to the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel. Built by Italian prisoners of war who were interred on this small island during World War II, the chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace, as well as the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners.


Highland Park Distillery, Tour and Tasting, Shop

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the Highland Park Distillery. Upon arrival, view a short film about Orkney, Highland Park and the island's Viking roots, then take a guided walking tour of the working distillery. Following your tour, proceed for a tasting of three select, Highland Park whiskies, including a 12-year-old, 18-year-old and a mystery Special Edition. Before leaving the Highland Park Distillery, you can purchase bottles of whisky at the Highland Park shop.


Kirkwall, St. Magnus Cathedral, Free Time

Leaving the distillery, re-board your coach and return to Kirkwall. Upon arrival, head to the beautiful, 12th-century sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during their 700-year rule over the islands. Following a guided tour of the Cathedral, some free time is made available to explore Kirkwall Town at your leisure, and browse the shops for knitwear, jewellery and local crafts. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 546 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a flight of stairs at the distillery. Walking in Kirkwall Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate to this tour. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled.Photography is not permitted in the Still Room of the distillery. The tour sequence may vary. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled.

Highlights of Orkney

Discover the Neolithic heartland of Orkney and Stromness Town during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Kirkwall, Orkney, Rolling Landscape, Neolithic Heartland, Ring of Brodgar

Depart the pier for the scenic drive west of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. Traverse the gentle, rolling countryside landscape en route to the Neolithic heartland of Orkney; an area designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Your first stop is at the Ring of Brodgar, a 5,000-year-old circle of stones. During your brief visit, explore this ancient monument and admire the landscape of the islands.


Stromness Town and Harbour, Free Time, Shopping, Pier Arts Centre, Craft Shops, Scapa Flow

Next, re-board your coach and head to the charming fishing village of Stromness. After a briefing and orientation, some free time is made available to explore the picturesque harbour of Stromness. You can stroll along the lovely, flag-stoned streets of this seafaring town, visit the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre with exhibitions by local and international artists, and/or explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and artwork. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier via the coastline of the Scapa Flow.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 109 yards-547 yards (about 100 metres-500 metres), at times over uneven, grassy, soft, and flagstone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. To walk up to the stone circle at Brodgar is a 200m/5 min walk though the monument can be viewed from the car park where there are also interpretation boards. Walking in Stromness Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

North Orkney Exploration

Explore the rugged beauty and landmarks of the northern Orkney Isles during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Kirkwall, Northern Orkney Isles, Eynnhallow Sound, Brough of Birsay, Tearoom

Depart the pier for the scenic drive west of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. Traverse the gentle, rolling countryside landscape and enjoy superb views towards the northern Orkney Isles. Pass by Eynnhallow Sound, a dramatic stretch of water where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, before pausing at the small tidal island at the Brough of Birsay for spectacular panoramic views of the stunning scenery. After a photo stop here, proceed for a refreshment stop at a local tearoom.


Orkney, Neolithic Heartland, Ring of Brodgar, Scapa Flow

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the Neolithic heartland of Orkney; an area designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. We will pass the Standing Stones of Stenness, before a stop is made at the larger Ring of Brodgar - a 5,000-year-old circle of stones. Explore this ancient monument, and admire the landscape of the islands. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the approximately one-hour drive to the pier via the north shore of the Scapa Flow.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 55 yards (about 50 metres), at times over uneven, grassy and soft surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. To walk up to the Ring of Brodgar, the walk is approx. 200m but the monument can be viewed from the car park where there are interpretation boards. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

Viking Capital on Foot

Enjoy this splendid walking tour of Orkney, which made an obvious base for Viking expansion, particularly in a time when the latest technology was sea transport in Viking long-ships. Your knowledgeable guide will take you winding through the historic streets, giving the opportunity to places such as the historical Old Town, Harbour Street, Bridge Street and Albert Street. You'll also visit the remains of Earl's Palace, built in 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart.


Orkney

Being so fertile, and so near to Norway, Orkney made an obvious base for Viking expansion, particularly in a time when the latest technology was sea transport in Viking long-ships. After a short transfer by coach (if docked at Hatston Pier) this excursion commences with a stroll through the historical Old Town. Starting at Harbour Street, you turn into Bridge Street and Albert Street. These ancient thoroughfares now house Kirkwall's bustling main shopping streets.


We then arrive at St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in 1137, and dominating the skyline for many miles. It is one of the finest and best preserved medieval cathedrals in Scotland. During a guided tour your guide will explain how the construction of the Cathedral was not completed for more than three centuries, with the present building representing the styles of the different building stages - Romanesque, Transitional and Gothic.


You then walk the short distance to The Earl's Palace, built in 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart. When it was built, the Palace was probably the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland though it now stands as an impressive ruin. The most interesting features are the carved decoration, the oriel windows and the great hall in which is one of the noblest state rooms of any castle in Scotland.


Continue to the adjacent remains of the Bishop's Palace, which was built in the mid-12th century to provide accommodation close to the splendid new Cathedral. The Palace probably consisted of a hall, used for festive occasions and a tower house which formed the Bishop's private residence and conformed to the plan of a Royal Norwegian Palace.


Your guide will then conclude the tour and you are free to shop and explore and make your own way back to the ship. Alternatively you can make your way back to the ship with the guide at this stage.

Please note: This tour is entirely on foot with an extensive amount of walking for approx 700 meters (0.43 mile), and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are recommended.The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled.

Viking Hiking

Be a Viking in Orkney, the old Norse earldom. Walk through the stunning landscape with a sea breeze in your hair, hear stories of long ago that have been passed down from Viking forbears. Try out life as a Viking by the campfire: food, crafts, games and songs.

Our Viking adventure begins with a short drive along the coast of Scapa Flow to the small hamlet of Orphir. From here we begin a hike along the shore line learning about the history of the islands and the Norse heritage that our Viking ancestors have left behind.

We will arrive at The Bu - the remains of a Viking home. Here on the shore a campfire will await us with a Viking stew being prepared. We will enjoy trying various Viking activities such as rope making, weaving, bannock making or runic writing. After this we will enjoy eating some stew and bannocks on the beach whilst listening to some stories from traditional Orkney folklore.

We will end our trip with some Faeroese style dancing and songs before rejoining the coach and making the return trip to our ship.


An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.