Getting to Orkney


Remote from the harassing turmoil of modern life, but easily accessible seven days a week - Orkney is nearer than you think.

By air, wonderful aerial views of the islands await you, with Loganair from major British airports and good inbound links from European and North American destinations.

Arrive by car or on foot, by coach, train and ferry, journeying through the spectacular Highlands of Scotland, or sailing from Aberdeen - the experience will enchant.

By Land

Whether you travel by car, coach or train the main approach follows the A9 north through Scotland.

By Coach

  • Citylink from the main Scottish bus stations to Aberdeen and Scrabster that connect with the NorthLink Ferries. Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd, t:08705 505050.
  • Stagecoach operates a local service between Thurso and Gill's Bay to connect with Pentland Ferries.
  • The Orkney Bus in partnership with John O'Groats Ferries, t:01955 611353.

By Train

By Sea

NorthLink Ferries

t:0845 6000 449.
  • Aberdeen - Kirkwall - Shetland (3/4 sailings per week).
  • Scrabster - Stromness (2/3 sailings per day).

Pentland Ferries

t:01856 831226.
  • Gills Bay - St Margaret's Hope (3/4 sailings per day).

John O'Groats Ferries

t:01955 611353.
  • John O'Groats - Burwick, South Ronaldsay (May to September, passenger only service).

By Air

You can fly to Orkney with Loganair, t:0344 8002855, 7 days-a-week from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Shetland.

Mainland Scottish Airports have excellent UK and overseas flight connections.