Travel by train to Aberdeen or Thurso, where you can catch a ferry to Orkney from the harbours. More information on train timetables can be found on the ScotRail or National Rail websites.
Unless you are travelling by plane, you will complete your journey to Orkney by ferry.
NorthLink Ferries has services between Aberdeen and Kirkwall (6 hrs) and Scrabster and Stromness (90 mins). Pentland Ferries operates from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope (60 mins). In the summer, there is also a John O’Groats Ferry passenger-only service between John O’Groats and Burwick in South Ronaldsay (40 mins). The frequency of sailings depends on the season, so please check the ferry operators’ websites before starting off.