In light of COVID-19, everyone's health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to our islands and remote rural communities.
Bringing the virus to these fragile and less accessible places puts unnecessary pressure on essential services and health services for local residents.
Ferry travel will only be available for those who permanently live on the islands and who have an essential need to travel to and from the mainland for essential supplies or business.
Celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters in Orkney! Discover tranquillity up close with a trip to Orkney. These enchanting islands off Scotland's north coast await you. See 5,000 year old sites in the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney, enjoy fantastic events and events, stroll along idyllic beaches and dramatic sea cliffs, get up close to amazing wildlife and sample Orkney's delicious local produce.
Experience the islands as they start to bloom in the spring or summer or join us over a cosy holiday break this autumn and winter - you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Relax, breathe in our fresh sea air and enjoy stunning landscapes and spectacular coastlines.
Until travel is possible again, you can still experience the islands from the comfort of your own home, thanks to our incredibly talented food, drink and crafts producers. Orkney is home to such a creative community, and even during these challenging times they're still working hard, making some of the finest products, from food & drink to crafts, that are all available to order online.