Driving in Scotland

Having a car will certainly help you to access many of Orkney’s sights quickly and comfortably. In our travel section there is a list of car hire companies and some important advice about hiring cars. However, some drivers are nervous about driving on our smaller roads. There is really nothing to worry about – it’s very easy, as long as you remember a few basic rules about how the traffic works.

Orkney is, of course, part of Scotland. The laws for driving in Scotland are mostly similar to the rest of the UK but there are a few important differences.

There are many narrow, single track roads. Unless it is exceptionally busy, these roads don’t get congested because of a system of passing places. It’s very simple and very easy, but may be confusing if you are not used to it.

This very helpful short video made by Visit Scotland explains everything that you need to know.

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