Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands which sit between the Scottish mainland and the Shetland Islands to the north. The weather was partly sunny and nice in the upper 59’s to low 60’s. The ship provided a short 5 minute shuttle into town which we found charming and delightful.
We visited the central cathedral St Magnus. Known as “the Light of the North,” this cathedral was founded in 1137 by Viking Earl Rognvald in honor of his uncle St Magnus. Barbara was intrigued by the Norwegian influence in this part of Scotland.
Again, we found ourselves at lunch at the Orkney Hotel which had a wonderful menu of topical bar fare.
After more food than any of could put down, we peeked in a few mor shops before returning to the Royal Princess.