Lerwick

The focus of Shetland’s commercial life
The towering walls of Fort Charlotte
The Shetland Museum

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Lerwick

Life in time with the tides

Lerwick, the port where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, is very much the focus of Shetland’s commercial life.
 
All year, its sheltered harbour is busy with ferries and fishing boats, as well as specialized craft including oil-rig supply, seismic survey and naval vessels from all round the North Sea. In summer, the quayside comes alive with visiting yachts, cruise liners, historic vessels such as the restored Swan and the occasional tall ship.

Behind the old harbour is the compact town centre, made up of one long main street, flagstone-clad Commercial Street, whose narrow, winding form, set back one block from the Esplanade, provides shelter from the elements even on the worst days. From here, narrow lanes, known as closses, rise westwards to the late Victorian new town. The northern end of Commercial Street is marked by the towering walls of Fort Charlotte, begun for Charles II in 1665, burnt down by the Dutch fleet in August 1673, and repaired and named in honour of George III’s queen in the 1780s.

Exhibits at the Shetland Museum, in a wonderful purpose-built waterfront building, include replicas of a hoard of Pictish silver found locally, the Monks Stone, thought to show the arrival of Christianity in Shetland, and a block of butter, tax payment for the King of Norway, found preserved in a peat bog.

MSC Northern Europe cruises also offer excursions to Scalloway, once the capital of Shetland, which however waned in importance throughout the eighteenth century as Lerwick grew. Nowadays, Scalloway is fairly sleepy, though its harbour is busy enough.

The town is dominated by the imposing shell of Scalloway Castle, a classic fortified tower house built with forced labour in 1600 by the infamous Earl Patrick Stewart, who held court in the castle and gained a reputation for cruelty and corruption.

Must see place in Lerwick

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  • KIRKWALL WALKING TOUR

    BYTUR
    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Sværhedsgrad: Svær: Aktive ture anbefales kun til gæster i god fysisk form

      Sværhedsgrad
      Sværhedsgrad: Svær: Aktive ture anbefales kun til gæster i god fysisk form

    • Varighed
      2:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK239Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK165Pris per person

    KWL01

    This walking tour offers an opportunity to explore some of the most fascinating architectural sites on the Orkney Isles on foot. Transfer to Kirkwall town and then start at Kirkwall pier a leisurely stroll will take you through the historical old town of Kirkwall, the Viking capital of the Orkney Islands. The magnificent 12th-century, red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, known locally as the “Light of the North”, is the first stop on the tour. Nearby there are many narrow, winding streets and lanes, which have hardly altered at all over the centuries. Afterwards, the tour continues to the ruined Bishop’s Palace and then to the Earl’s Palace, one of Scotland’s most elegant Renaissance buildings. The tour concludes at Tankerness House Gardens, where you will have time to visit the museum or take a stroll around the town before returning to the ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. On special events or in case of religious celebrations, the visit to the Cathedral may be cancelled; guides will give information outside the venue. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The Museum is closed on Sunday.
  • SKARA BRAE & SKAILL HOUSE

    KULTUR OG HISTORIE
    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde bakker, trin, ujævne overflader og/eller lange perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Middel

    • Varighed
      3 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK442Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK315Pris per person

    KWL05

    Come and discover the beautiful west coast of Orkney’s Mainland and a major prehistoric site: Skara Brae. The scenic coach ride to this UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the best preserved Neolithic villages in Northern Europe that even predates Stonehenge – will take you through rich farmland, rolling hills and stark moors. Occupied from c. 3,180 B.C. to 2,500 B.C., Skara Brae remained hidden under a large knoll until a severe storm in 1850 uncovered the outline of several roofless buildings. The collection of Skara Brae artefacts displayed at the visitors’ centre includes tools, beads, pottery and objects made of whalebone that reflect the region’s tough seafaring economy. The site still affords a good idea of how the village must once have looked, while the houses themselves illustrate the rigours of prehistoric life. The next stop will then see you visit the nearby Skaill House, a lovely residence built in 1620. You will also pass the great Neolithic henge called the Ring of Brodgar en route to a photo stop at the ancient Standing Stones of Stenness, another Neolithic monument that was erected more than 5,000 years ago. Your prehistoric tour ends with your return to the ship and all the comforts of modern life. Please note: the number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. The walk from the coach car park to Skara Brae and back from Skaill House is around 1,000 m on a fairly good path, although it is sometimes exposed to the harsh weather.
  • ORKNEY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    NATURLIGE UNDERVÆRKER
    • Udflugt tilpasset til kørestolsbrugere og handicappede - Gæster i kørestole skal være ledsaget af sin egen assistent for at komme på/af bussen. Kørestolen skal være sammenklappelig, fordi bussen ikke har ramper eller elevatorer. Kontakt venligst udflugtspersonalet (Excursions Desk) så snart du kommer om bord, så de kan hjælpe dig.

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      3:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK315Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK239Pris per person

    KWL02

    Experience a haven of wildlife, breathtaking panoramas and fascinating history during this scenic island exploration. On leaving Kirkwall, you will head north via Finstown and the Parish of Evie to then enjoy stunning views across Eynhallow Sound to the island of Rousay. Skirting the nearby Birsay Moors RSPB Reserve (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), the next stop is the sandy beach at Birsay Bay with views of the imposing cliffs at Marwick head and, if you are lucky, you may even spot some of the seals in the bay! Travelling inland we make our way to the “Heart of Neolithic Orkney”, which was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The tour concludes by taking you along the beautiful coastline of the historical bay of Scapa Flow while your guide relates the sort of dramatic wartime stories that have made this one of the best known stretches of water in the world. You will then return to Kirkwall and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • ANCIENT STANDING STONES & DRAMATIC
    CLIFFS

    NATURSKØNNE VEJE
    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      2:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK365Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK262Pris per person

    KWL07

    Treat yourself to an exciting tour that will take you to discover some of Orkney’s natural wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Sites – from wild cliff-top seascapes to ancient stone circles set within the peaceful countryside. On leaving the quayside in Kirkwall, your tour begins with a panoramic drive through the pastoral landscape along the west coast of Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands, to reach the magnificent red sandstone cliffs of Yesnaby. Some of the island’s most spectacular scenery can be enjoyed from this vantage point high above the rugged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, the sea stack known as the “Old Man of Hoy” and even the Scottish mainland can be seen in the distance. Continuing on to the “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” – an area designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 – you will first pay a visit to the huge ceremonial stone circle known as the Ring of Brodgar, which is situated on a strip of land separating Lochs Harray and Stenness that is known as the Ness of Brodgar. This astonishing Neolithic monument is the third-largest of its kind in the British Isles and was created roughly 4,500 years ago. Once thought to have formed a perfect circle made up of 60 stones, the 27 remaining stones are an impressive reminder of the ingenuity and endeavour of these ancient islanders. On the return drive back to Kirkwall and your ship, you will also pass the imposing Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest henges in Britain dating back around 5,000 years. Please note: the number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
  • Island Tour

    NATURSKØNNE VEJE
    • Udflugt tilpasset til kørestolsbrugere og handicappede - Gæster i kørestole skal være ledsaget af sin egen assistent for at komme på/af bussen. Kørestolen skal være sammenklappelig, fordi bussen ikke har ramper eller elevatorer. Kontakt venligst udflugtspersonalet (Excursions Desk) så snart du kommer om bord, så de kan hjælpe dig.

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Let

    • Varighed
      2:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK335Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK239Pris per person

    KWL09

    Island Tour
  • SAGAS, WAR STORIES & WHISKY

    NOGET SÆRLIGT
    • Drikkevarer inkluderet

    • Begrænsede pladser

    • Kan indeholde bakker, trin, ujævne overflader og/eller lange perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

      Sværhedsgrad
      Middel

    • Varighed
      3:30 h

    • Adults price starting fromDKK515Pris per person

    • Children price starting fromDKK0Pris per person

    KWL03

    The first stop on this tour is the northernmost producer of Scotch whisky, the Highland Park Distillery founded in 1798. From humble beginnings as an illicit still, Highland Park has grown from strength to strength producing its prize-winning spirits. The guided tour of this distillery includes a brief film presentation and fittingly concludes with a traditional “peedie” dram. A scenic drive along Scapa Flow then follows while your guide relates wartime stories of the time when Scapa Flow was the chief base of the British naval fleet in World Wars I and II. You will also cross the first of the four Churchill Barriers. These causeways were built during WWII to protect Scapa Flow to the east and connect the South Isles to the Orkney mainland. You will also visit the lovely hand-painted chapel on the tiny island of Lamb Holm. Built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII, the chapel stands as a symbol of peace and Orkney’s enduring friendship with the soldiers from Italy. You will also have time to explore Orkney’s capital of Kirkwall, which is dominated by the magnificent 12th-century St. Magnus’ Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North”. You will then return to the ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. On special events, the visit to the Italian Chapel may be cancelled. During calls falling from July to mid-August, the production of whisky is stopped at Highland Park Distillery; guests will enjoy a short film. Guiding inside the distillery is only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.Guests must be 18 years old to take part in this tour.

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

United Kingdom

God Save the Queen
God Save the Queen

The United Kingdom is not just one country but four – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and a multitude of cultural identities: God forbid you should call a Scot or a Welshman English for example.


Don’t miss the true London experience during your holiday to the United Kingdom; the capital is the one place that features on everyone’s itinerary. 

Brighton and Canterbury offer contrasting diversions – the former a lively seaside resort, the latter one of Britain’s finest medieval cities. 


The southwest of England holds the rugged moorlands of Devon, the rocky coastline of Cornwall, and the historic spa city of Bath, while the chief attractions of central England are the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge

Further north, the former industrial cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are lively, rejuvenated places, and York has splendid historical treasures, but the landscape, especially the uplands of the Lake District, is the biggest magnet. 


The finest of Scotland’s lochs, glens and peaks, and the magnificent scenery of the West Coast islands, can be reached easily from Glasgow and Edinburgh – the latter perhaps Britain’s most attractive urban landscape. Finally, a cruise to the United Kingdom isn’t complete without a stop in Northern Ireland with its capital city Belfast and the spectacular Giant’s Causeway.