Getting to Orkney couldn’t be easier. There are excellent ferry links from Scrabster, Gills Bay and Aberdeen, and direct flights from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Travelling to Orkney (courtesy of VisitOrkney.com)
BY ROAD/RAIL: However you choose to travel, whether by car, coach or train, the main approach follows the A9 from Perth to Caithness. The A9, which has been much improved and shortened in recent years, connects from central Scotland and England’s main motorway and rail networks. Dual Carriageway connects Aberdeen to central Scotland.
By car from Perth to Inverness is 114 miles through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscape. From Inverness to Scrabster is a spectacular 111 miles.
By train you can travel to Thurso, where a bus connects to the ferry at Scrabster, or Aberdeen where the station is near to the harbour area. There is also a coach connection from Inverness/Wick to Gills Bay and Inverness/Wick to Scrabster.
Scotrail Railways Ltd www.firstgroup.com 0845 755 0033
By bus there are connections with CityLink from the main Scottish bus stations to Aberdeen and Thurso/Scrabster that connect with the NorthLink Ferries service. The local bus operator operates a local service between Thurso and Gill’s Bay to connect with Pentland Ferries.
Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd www.citylink.co.uk 08705 50 50 50
BY SEA: There is a choice of sailings with NorthLink from Aberdeen (6 hours) and Scrabster (90 minutes) or with Pentland Ferries at Gills Bay (1 hour). NorthLink Ferries provide a service through Aberdeen (4 sailings per week) and Scrabster (3 sailings per day). Pentland Ferries also have 3 sailings per day from Gills Bay.
NorthLink Ferries www.northlinkferries.co.uk, 0845 6000 449
Please note photographic ID is required for travelling with Northlink Ferries.
Pentland Ferries www.pentlandferries.co.uk, (01856) 831 226