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We visited Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, on a Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise around the British Isles. We traveled with a group of friends, and signed up for a Cunard tour of Balfour Castle with afternoon tea. We took a 5-minute coach trip from the...More
My husband and I visited as part of a cruise ship shore excursion. You take a ferry from Kirkwall and walk to the castle. The gardens are lovely as is the castle itself...but the scenery is the showstopper. We were treated to tea and scones,...More
Very nice "modern" castle only built in the mid 1800's. The tour was excellent, and informative, I especially enjoyed the grounds, saw my first flat apple tree, (you have to see it to understand). We were treated to the history of the area and had...More
We visted the castle as part of a cruise ship shore excursion. We did not stay overnight or eat dinner. Our itinerary: Kirkwall via ferry to the village of Balfour (on Shapinsay Island), then a ferry to the castle on the other side of Shapinsay...More
This is an amazing place to visit! A 20 minute ferry ride to get there. Castle is stunning, fully furnished, down to fixtures and the hardware. Grounds are georgous, make sure you walk around. The thing that sets this place apart, is you are allowed...More
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