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.