Orkney is a popular cruise port of call. On average, there are 140 cruise ship calls a year, bringing some 300,000 passengers to the Orkenys.
Most cruise ships call at Kirkwall although there are also berthing facilities at Stromness capable of handling some cruise ships.
The Halston Pier is Scotland's longest deep water berth. It is located not far outside of Kirkwall . (Published estimates of the distance vary, ranging from 2 to 3 miles). The local council provides a free shuttle bus between the pier and the Kirkwall Travel Centre in town. It is also possible to walk from the pier into town.
Kirkwall Pier is also capable of handling some small cruise ships. However, this facility is more often used as a tender station for ships that anchor in Kirkwall Bay. The pier is located in the center of town near the travel centre.
Orkney has a public bus system that runs by many of the tourist attractions. The bus station in Kirkwall is at the travel center.
There is a limited number of taxis in Orkney. These are often booked up in advance by passengers before their ship arrives. The same is true of tour guides.
Above: Norwegian Jade at Halston Pier.
Below: A freighter at Kirkwall pier..
Cruise destination - Scotland - Orkney - cruise port