Travel Links



Northlink Ferries (Scrabster to Stromness car ferry) also sails to Aberdeen and Shetland   

Pentland Ferries  (Gill’s Bay to St Margaret’s Hope car ferry)

Orkney Islands Ferries (inter isles services)

JOG – Summer foot ferry  from John O’Groats to South Ronaldsay with bus link to Kirkwall  and Inverness


Air Travel

Loganair   links Kirkwall to major Scottish cities and Shetland
Please note that from late 2017, Loganair will operate separately from Flybe who still offer a limited service to and from Kirkwall.

Loganair ( and inter isles air services) Inter isles flights link Kirkwall with the smaller, outer isles and include the famous Westray-Papay Westray route, claimed by many to be the shortest scheduled flight in the world.

Kirkwall Airport


Local Travel

StageCoach local bus services

Craigies Taxis

Cycle Orkney (cycle hire)

Private Tours and Bus Services on outer islands

There are many tour providers. We recommend that you consult the listings at   and


If planning to hire a car, we strongly recommend that you arrange this a long time in advance. There are several local companies, but they are unable to meet the demand for hired vehicles during the summer and especially when there are festivals happening. Always search and contact the local companies direct, preferably by telephone. Using the big online car hire comparison sites does not work very well for Orkney and they can be quite misleading as to what is and is not available.



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