We awoke to find National Geographic Resolution coming alongside the pier in Kirkwall, Orkney. A choice of activities was on offer in the morning – a photographic exploration following the west coast of the Orkney mainland, a walk along the shoreline from Stromness, a birdwatching trip, or exploring some of Orkney’s neolithic sites at the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae.

In the afternoon, a walking tour of Kirkwall was offered. Guests had the chance to learn more about the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral which sits in the heart of the town and dates back to 1137.

Our evening was busy. We enjoyed an on-board whiskey tasting from the folks at Highland Park distillery. After dinner, we had fantastic music from Saltfishforty, a local band.