Cruising Orkney

Orkney is a fantastic coastal cruising destination with 70 islands to explore. Whether you plan to stay a while and experience the history, heritage, wildlife, whisky and warm welcome. Even if your just visiting briefly as you sail to or from Shetland or perhaps just to Fair Isle, no matter the length of your stay, we're sure you will enjoy your stay. The gallery below gives a small taste of what Orkney has in store.

The excellent CCC Sailing Directions - Orkney and Shetland, now in its second edition, is an invaluable source of information in planning your charter trip with 60Nsailing. Orkney marinas website is also a mine of information. As well as full details of their marina network there is a wealth of helpful cruising information. An excellent cruising guide written by experienced local cruiser Mike Cooper, is available.

As well as the three principal marinas in Kirkwall, Stromness and Westray there is also a widespread network of mooring buoys. Orkney marinas also offer rover tickets allowing you to use any of their marinas

Orkney is also a UNESCO world heritage site with several impressive locations to visit including Skara Brae and the Standing stones of Stenness to name but two. Orkney is also home to several distilleries which offer public tours. 

The Churchill barriers built to stop submarines getting into Scapa flow are also now causeways to the southern isles and will take you to the much visited italian chapel which was built by Italian POW's during WW2. For more in depth information visit www.orkney.com

When chartering with us to or from Kirkwall, for the first night of your charter and/or the last night, mooring fees in Kirkwall marina are included.

Please remember that vessels over 12m when entering or leaving Kirkwall harbour are required to contact Orkney VTS on channel 11 VHF. Full details about this and lots more are contained in the Orkney harbours handbook.

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