Categories: Europe, KirkwallPublished On: 22.07.2019147 words0.8 min read

It is the historic capital of Orkney, a safe haven for seafarers that once harboured Vikings but has since reinvented itself as a leading hub for cruise ships.

Kirkwall, the largest town on the archipelago, has today been named as the best cruise destination in Western Europe by a prestigious industry publication.

Kirkwall harbour sees around 140 cruise ships visit each year. Picture Magnus Budge

Kirkwall harbour sees around 140 cruise ships visit each year. Picture Magnus Budge

The port, which is operated by Orkney Islands Council, was ranked first in a new list by Cruise Critic – the world’s largest online cruise resource. The publication’s awards are based exclusively on consumer ratings, reflecting the high opinion visitors have of the town and surrounding area.

Kirkwall sees around 140 cruise ships dock each year, bringing thousands of visitors to the Orkney mainland during the summer high season and providing a welcome economic boost for residents.

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