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, September 13th 2017

Ceremony recognises Orkney’s business achievements

Business leaders from across Scotland gathered in Inverness recently to celebrate success at the annual SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards, presented by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. The awards showcased the achievemen Full Story...

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated at EMEC

EMEC has generated green hydrogen gas demonstrating potential for a clean replacement for polluting fuels. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has produced hydrogen gas using electricity generated from tidal energy in Orkney. This is the f Full Story...

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