Sailing In Orkney
Sailing Type – Coastal Day Sailing and Exploring Ashore
We hope to spend plenty of time exploring ashore on this leg and the plan would be to have at least two full-day stopovers on a couple of the islands where you can walk ashore, hire bikes and get the feel of living in a remote island community. It will probably be three nights at anchor and four nights alongside.
The scenery was stunning. We moored or anchored in a series of small harbours and bays keeping our eyes open for wildlife. Sharing a beer on deck as the sun slowly sank over the silent scene will be an enduring memory.
Stuart And Sarah
The Voyage To Orkney
You join Trinovante in the historic seaport of Harwich Essex.
From here Kirkwall is just over 500 miles north. Our ideal plan would be to sail straight to Orkney and once up there spend the rest of the time cruising the islands. However, the wind does not always blow in the right direction so a realistic expectation for this voyage would be to plan on a week to get there and a week sailing in Orkney. So…
If the wind is in the right direction we might set sail straight away and not stop until we get to Orkney which would mean three or four nights at sea.
Whitby, Hartlepool, Eyemouth, and Wick are likely places for us to visit along the way if we want to break en-route.
If the wind is against us we might spend a couple of days sailing on the Thames Estuary rivers before sailing north.
What To Expect From Being At Sea On Trinovante
The watch system we set on Trinovante depends on the weather, the number of crew on board, and their capabilities. Normally we run two watches.
Trinovante does not have an autohelm so the crew usually takes it in turns to do half an hour at the wheel. Keeping a lookout and occasional sail handling fill the rest of the time. Trinovante only takes a small number of guest sailors which means you are guaranteed plenty of time at the helm.
There will also be time to watch the stars at night, enjoy sunsets and sunrises, and generally get into the rhythm of being at sea.
Usually, there is a bit of a buzz on board at the end of a voyage. We think that comes from everyone feeling part of a team that has achieved something together.
Sailing In Orkney
It is possible we will sail round to Stromness and into Scapa Flow on this leg or we might head North to visit Westray, Stronsay, and Shapinsay as per the details in the voyage notes for Kirkwall to Kirkwall.
Expect a mix of visiting remote island communities, anchoring in out-of-the-way places, and some time exploring wild places ashore. Bring some decent walking shoes.
Trinovante finishes this voyage in Kirkwall Harbour which has good travel links.
Kirkwall was established by the Vikings in the 11th Century and first mentioned in the Orkneyinga Viking Saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney). We have a copy on board for those who fancy a topical read.
The dominant feature of the town is the cathedral founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of St Magnus who was martyred in Orkney. Otherwise, you can enjoy a wander in the busy shopping centre on the stone slabbed streets, visit the Orkney museum, The Bishops and Earls Palace and of course, there is a distillery in the town.
It is well worth staying a few extra days in Kirkwall if you can. There are lots of day trips worth doing from Kirkwall including several stone circles and two sites run by Historic Scotland – Scara Brae and Maeshowe
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing and passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
What’s included in the price?
- All meals onboard
We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Obviously, if you choose to eat ashore, this is at your own expense. We can cater for most diets, but you must let us know about special diets at the time of booking. We cannot cater for special diets at short notice.
- Non-alcoholic drinks
Ships rules are no drinking alcohol at sea or if we are about to sail. This does NOT mean Trinovante is a dry boat – it’s fine to have a drink in the evening when we are at anchor or alongside. We don’t sell alcohol on board so bring your own.
- Use of life-jackets and wet weather gear
What is not included in the price?
- Your travel to and from the ship.
Every voyage has travel information pages and info about finding the ship in harbour.
- Travel insurance
This is compulsory for all voyages apart from Sailing Weekends.
We have a page on Buying Travel Insurance For Sailing Holidays
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