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The island of Hoy © Colin Keldie

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The enchanting Orkney Islands, off Scotland's northcoast, await you. See 6,000 year old sites in theUNESCO 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.
Whether this is for a week-end or a longer break, there's no better time to book your holiday in 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.

Travel in Orkney

Getting here

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

Planes fly to Kirkwall from the airports at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Sumburgh, with all flights lasting an hour or less.

There are four ferry routes to choose from, with up to 12 sailings a day, depending on the season. Travel times vary from as little as 40 minutes on the seasonal passenger ferry from John O'Groats to Burwick, to six hours on the ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall.

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Getting around

The road, flight and ferry network throughout Orkney is good, with many major attractions, towns and villages well connected by public transport. Famously, the shortest scheduled flight in the world is between Westray and Papa Westray, and takes less than two minutes!

Cars and bikes can be hired to explore the islands, and taxis are available too - what's more, there are four islands that can be reached from Orkney Mainland by road thanks to the Churchill Barriers.

Quiet roads and fairly flat islands make for good cycling, with routes including the Prehistoric Loop Ride.

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