Orkney - All seasons
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Islands for all seasons. This year, discover tranquillity up close, with a trip to Orkney. Theses enchanting islands off Scotland's north coast await you. See 6,000 year old sites in the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney, enjoy fantastic events, stroll along idyllic beaches and dramatic sea cliffs, get up close to amazing wildlife and sample Orkney's delicious local produce.

Come and join us over a short holiday break this autumn. Relax, breathe in our fresh sea air and experience stunning landscapes and spectacular coastlines – you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Or stay a little longer to get the best out of your visit and enjoy Orkney in all seasons.
 There's never been a better time to book your holiday to Orkney!

Map of Orkney

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Towns & Villages
Burray is a small island between South Ronaldsay and the Orkney Mainland, in the south of the archipelago.


Eday is a long, thin island in the north of Orkney with beautiful panoramic views and farms and crofts adorning the coastal strip.


Flotta, from the Norse for 'flat isle'.

Hoy & Graemsay

Hoy is located to the south of the archipelago and with an area of 57 square miles it is the second largest island in Orkney.


Towns & Villages
The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall is the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, standing at the dividing point between East and West Mainland.

North Ronaldsay

Further north than the southern tip of Norway, but with a mild climate, North Ronaldsay is the furthest flung of the Orkney Isles.

Papa Westray

Papa Westray, or 'Papay', as it is known locally, is located across the Papa Sound from Westray in the north of the Orkney Isles.

Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre & Eynhallow

Amidst the great tides of the Atlantic and the North Sea lies a group of islands that encompasses the unique heritage of Orkney.


Dominated by sand dunes and unspoilt beaches, Sanday is the largest of the northerly Orkney Isles.


Shapinsay is a small, low-lying island just a few miles north east of Kirkwall in Orkney.

South Ronaldsay

South Ronaldsay is the nearest parish to Mainland Scotland, being just 6.5 miles across the Pentland Firth from John O'Groats.


Towns & Villages
The captivating old town of Stromness is located on the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow, and is the main ferry port on Orkney.


The island of Stronsay is about 7 miles long and is located in the east of the Orkney archipelago.


Westray has been described as 'The Queen of the Isles', it is the second largest of the North Isles with a population of around 600.

Kirkwall iCentre

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The iCentre in Kirkwall is located adjacent to the Bus Station in the Kirkwall Travel Centre. Pay and Display car parking is available in close proximity.

Orkney Travel Information

How to get to Orkney

Orkney has great transport links from across the UK, and can be reached by plane or ferry, with connections by bus, car or train.

Planes fly direct to Kirkwall from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Sumburgh, with flights lasting up to one hour.

Choose from four ferry routes, with up to 12 sailings daily, depending on season. Travel times vary, with the John O' Groats Ferry from John o’Groats to Burwick (40 minutes), Pentland Ferries from Gill's Bay to St Margaret's Hope (one hour) and NorthLink Ferries from Scrabster to Stromness (90 minutes) or Aberdeen to Kirkwall (six hours).

Find how to travel to Orkney by plane or ferry!

How to get around Orkney

Orkney’s road, flight and ferry network is good, with public transport connections stopping at major attractions, towns and villages. Famously, the world’s shortest scheduled flight is between Westray and Papa Westray, and takes less than two minutes!

Hire cars and bikes to explore the islands, with taxis available too. Four islands can be reached by road from Orkney Mainland thanks to the Churchill Barriers. The islands are relatively flat, offering good cycling, including along the Prehistoric Loop Ride.

Plan your travel around Orkney by car, bus, ferry or plane.

Get to know Orkney

You can find out more about what to see and do in Orkney, and how to get the best of your break to the islands.

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