We transfer by shuttle to Kirkwall where we take a leisurely stroll together through the historical Old Town of Kirkwall, the Viking Capital of the Orkney Islands. Our first stop is the magnificent 12th century, red sandstone Cathedral of St Magnus, known locally as the 'Light of the North'. It is the finest medieval building in northern Scotland. Nearby there are many narrow, winding streets and lanes, which have hardly changed at all over the centuries.
Afterwards, our tour continues to the ruined Bishop's Palace (a good view of the town can be gained from the top of the 'Moosie Toor') and then on to the Earl's Palace, one of Scotland's most elegant Renaissance buildings. Both lie in the heart of modern Kirkwall and throughout the buildings there are colourful tales of the tyrannical Stewart Earls which bring the history to life.
We then finish at the Tankerness House Gardens, where we have free time to explore the museum or take a stroll around the town, before returning to the ship.
- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Language: English
- Requirements: Sturdy walking boots and waterproofs recommended
- Not suitable for wheelchair users