Getting to Orkney

You can travel to Orkney from most UK cities by linking through any of the main Scottish airports.

Flybe flights are operated by Loganair from Glasgow (80 minutes), Edinburgh (80 minutes), Inverness (45 minutes), Aberdeen (50 minutes) and Shetland (35 minutes).  All of these flights operate daily and, with the exception of Glasgow, all have more than one flight to and from Orkney each day.

You can also travel by sea.

There are three main vehicle ferry routes to and from Orkney.  Northlink Ferries sail between Lerwick in Shetland, Hatston Pier, Kirkwall and Aberdeen.  A shorter option is the Northlink Scrabster to Stromness route (90 minutes).  A quicker option again is the Pentland Ferries catamaran from Gill’s Bay, near John o’ Groats to St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay (1 hour).  It is always advisable to pre-book your journey, particularly during the summer months.

Driving from Edinburgh or Glasgow to the north coast of Scotland to catch a ferry will take around 6 hours, while Aberdeen is just a 3 hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Useful links:

Flybe
Kirkwall Airport
Northlink Ferries
Pentland Ferries
John O'Groats Ferries

Visit Orkney

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

New marine energy research programme underway

Ocean energy researchers are being encouraged to apply for funding from a newly launched support programme. The SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), together with Wave Energy Scotland, is seeking proposals for short research pro Full Story...

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Orkney showcase for world leading technologies

A delegation from the European Commission has witnessed the pioneering advancement of marine energy taking place in Orkney. The visit, part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, was hosted by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Ocean Energy Euro Full Story...

Contact Information

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