Orkney is surrounded by the seas and has a proud maritime history, hosting ships from the Hudson's Bay Company, whaling fleets and wartime vessels. Today's sailors continue this tradition and Orkney welcomes visitors who arrive by boat in a much more leisurely fashion.
Orkney is visited by yachtsmen and women from around the world keen to test their skills navigating its challenging winds and currents. The summer race season attracts seasoned competitors, while the tempo is altogether more gentle as others are content to cruise less demanding waters seeking out sheltered anchorages and charming harbours.
The islands offer excellent facilities, with three new marinas located in Kirkwall, Stromness and on Westray. All provide safe and secure berths and they are managed by experienced, helpful staff who are more than happy to share their local knowledge with visiting sea dogs.
The Kirkwall marina is the largest with an impressive 95 berths. Located in the famous harbour, the marina is open all year round and offers excellent facilities including wi-fi. The Orkney Sailing Club welcomes all visitors to the port and very quickly friendships are established and stories swapped. Stromness has a 72 berth marina and, as in Kirkwall, chandlers and boat repair services are located nearby. With just 17 berths, Westray is the smallest marina, but you'll be guaranteed the warmest welcome from Garry and his team who will meet you on your arrival.