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

Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Meygen gears up for maximum output

he MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth is about to operate at its full 6 megawatt (MW) capacity. An Atlantis-supplied 1.5 MW AR1500 turbine has been successfully reinstalled and is undergoing commissioning processes. The MeyGen ar Full Story...

Thursday, September 28th 2017

Orkney’s Sustainable Energy Strategy unveiled

A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Orkney was launched as part of the official opening of the world leading Surf ‘n’ Turf project. The strategy has been developed in partnership by, among others, Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Is Full Story...

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