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Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney archipelago, is located in the Northern Isles of Scotland. This magnificent MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is celebrated for its UNESCO World Heritage Site — a Neolithic ceremonial complex.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Orkney's Countryside and Scapa Flow
• The St. Magnus Cathedral
• Skara Brae and Skail House
Scapa Flow is an ancient maritime body of water, dating back to Viking times. It provides access to the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, while being sheltered by an array of islands. On an MSC Cruises excursion, your guide will recount fascinating war stories of the British naval fleet. You’ll discover Orkney’s dramatic cliffs, ancient stone circles, and a small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war as a symbol of hope and peace.
St. Magnus Cathedral, the northernmost cathedral in Great Britain, dominates Kirkwall’s humble skyline. This 12th-century, red-sandstone building is affectionately known as the ‘Light of the North’ and is an MSC Cruises excursion focal point. Built in 1137 in the Romanesque style, St Magnus was founded by the Viking Earl Rögnvald. This architectural feat showcases stained-glass windows and statement columns, giving it an air of regal splendour.
Mainland, the biggest island in the Orkney archipelago, is home to Europe’s most complete Neolithic settlement, the Skara Brae. An MSC Cruises excursion will see you visiting eight stone dwellings, some dating back to 3180 B.C. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a collection of astonishing artefacts including tools, beads, and pottery. Nearby, visit Skaill House, a 1620’s mansion, where you can take in the bay’s stunning panorama.