By ferry. The only way to reach the archipelago of islands from the rest of Scotland is via ferry. All major cities and towns can be reached via buses, trains, and taxis. Orkney is definitely within reach regardless of where you are in the world. The major airports in Scotland are Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Orkney is a leader in ancient archaeology. There are longhouses, longships and fiery celebrations in Shetland. Both islands have beautiful beaches and excellent local food. It’s up to you.
How can you travel to South Ronaldsay from the Scottish mainland?
- The car ferry from Gill’s Bay lands at 1 St Margaret’s Hope. It’s operated by Pentland Ferries, runs three times every day, and takes an hour. …
- The ferry from John O’Groats lands at 2 Burwick on the south tip of the island.
Do you need a car in Orkney?
There is a way to get around the Orkney Islands. CarRentals.com recommends hiring a car to travel around the Orkney Islands. You need your own wheels to see this beautiful island.
How long is the ferry ride to Orkney?
On the north coast of Scotland and Stromness, there is a 90-minute crossing operated by NorthLink Ferries. You’ll sail past the Old Man of Hoy and the UK’s highest vertical sea cliffs at St John’s Head before arriving in Orkney’s second largest town.
Can you see Northern Lights in Orkney?
Thanks to our location and lack of light pollution, Orkney is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.
Can you drive Orkney?
The added bonus of driving to Orkney is that you can explore other areas of Scotland on your way north.
How long is the ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney?
Orkney Islands and Scotland are connected by the Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry route. Northlink Ferries is the only company that operates this ferry service. The crossing operates up to times a week.