Getting to Orkney
|Although apparently isolated and far away, Orkney is in fact very well served by transport links, both by air and sea. There are good connections by air from four major airports in Scotland, while land travel to Scrabster, in Caithness, or Aberdeen is facilitated by good roads as well as bus and rail services which tie in with ferry times.|
AIR British Airways operate several flights per day into Kirkwall Airport (KOI), some of which are operated by British Airways Express (Loganair). There are two direct flights per day from Aberdeen and Inverness and one direct flight per day from each of Edinburgh and Glasgow. In addition there are daily flights to and from Shetland, and Kirkwall Airport is also open on Sundays.
Details of all flights are available by telephoning British Airways central reservation and inquiries on Tel 0345 222111. Information can also be had from the BA desk at Kirkwall Airport, Tel (01856) 872233.
SEA The main ferry operator is Northlink Ferries who operate between Scrabster in Caithness and Stromness and also between Lerwick, Kirkwall and Aberdeen. Their large, modern ferries take less than two hours to cross the Pentland Firth, passing the Old Man of Hoy on the way, and run overnight to Aberdeen and Lerwick.
Northlink, Orkney & Shetland Ferries Ltd., Ferry Terminal, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BH Tel 01856 851 144 Fax 01856 851 155 Reservations 0845 6000 449 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.northlinkferries.co.uk
Pentland Ferries, Pier Road, St Margarets Hope, Orkney, KW17 2SW, Tel: 01856 831 226 operate Orkney's shortest vehicle ferry crossing: one hour between Gills Bay, Caithness and St. Margarets Hope, Orkney with the Pentalina B. http://www.pentlandferries.com/
John O’Groats Ferries operate a summer passenger service between John O’Groats and Burwick in South Ronaldsay. Coach services meet the sailings at Burwick for transport to Kirkwall, while there is a special bus service from Inverness to John O’Groats. Several variations on day trips are available.
to Scrabster The A9 trunk road north from Perth has
been upgraded, and it takes roughly 6 hours to drive north from Edinburgh/Glasgow.
There are plenty of good places to stay in Caithness overnight if necessary
to catch the early boat (see accommodation). Citilink bus services meet
the "Hamnavoe", and Scotrail trains are timed to suit
the ferry timetable.
Enquiries Scottish Citilink Coaches Ltd, Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow G2 3NP, Tel 0990 505050 (08:00-20:00, 7 days); also National Express Coaches 0990 808080. Scotrail Tel 0141 204 2844 or 0131 556 2451.
Ridgway Travel, 67-69 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ , the local Orkney travel agent would also be delighted to help with all your queries about travel to and around Orkney, Tel (01856) 873359, Fax (01856) 872680.
For further details or to book, contact Susan or Geordie:
Daytime Tel 07796858569; Evenings and weekends Tel 01856 870208