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, April 3rd 2019

Energy system of the future to be demonstrated in Orkney

The first phase of a new £28.5 million project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney, Scotland, has been launched to digitally link distributed and intermittent renewable generation to flexible demand. The ReFLEX (Responsive Flex Full Story...

Friday, April 27th 2018

EMEC FORESEA tidal energy tripod decommissioning study

Collaborative decommissioning project will conduct forensic analysis of tidal energy tripod, and feedback lessons learnt for benefit of ocean energy sector The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd has contracted Orkney-based marine operations Full Story...

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