We arrived in Kirkwall, Scotland and had a port time of 9:15am – 5:45pm. We did not have any port excursions planned for the day, and the girls wanted to stay on the ship again. So MyMan and I walked around the town by ourselves.
After we wandered around the town a bit, we came across St. Magnus Cathedral.
It had a beautiful cemetery surrounding the cathedral 3 sides.
Some of the headstones were sooo old, you couldn’t make out what was written on them. Others, like this one were still in great condition!
MyMan and I wondered why such an expensive headstone was given to someone who had such little written about him.
Once we finished wandering through the cemetery, we went into the Cathedral. It was beautiful!
Across the street from the Cathedral are the Bishop’s and Earl’s palaces (well, what’s left of them!).
Wandering the halls of the palace, wondering how this place could every be warm and inviting!!
We came across the kitchen, which was very large.
The fireplace was huge!
This was MyMan looking up the chimney flew.
Across the street from the Earl’s Palace was the Bishop’s Palace. It was in quite a ruined state.
After we toured the palaces, we were hungry and stopped into the Kirkwall Hotel for a bite to eat.
Here’s what we ordered…it was all pretty tasty. I had a haggis burger, and I really like my dark ale beer.
We headed back to the ship to check on the girls. After we found them, we were out on our balcony and noticed a large gathering of people down on the dock. It turns out that the residents of Kirkwall come to the port and some of their performers gave us the most wonderful send off!!
This entire performance lasted for a good 10-15 minutes! It started with bagpipes…
Then there were dancers. It was such a magnificent show! Definitely the best part of our Kirkwall experience!
Once the show was over, the girls wanted to go play around on the ship, and MyMan and I wanted to rest our feet a bit and relax and read. No better place to do that than up in the adult area of the ship with this view!
Later that afternoon was the Frozen Deck Party. We missed the very beginning of it because MyMan and I had some spa appointments that cut into the beginning of the show. I thought that the Party started later than it did.
Even though they missed the beginning – the girls were up for some dancing!
And finally – a picture of all of us together!!
One more stop in Scotland….next up, Invergordon!!