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  • NorthLink Ferries vessel MV Hamnavoe - image by Nick McCaffrey

Travel information

Get the latest information on travel to, from and within Orkney - updated 7/10/20

Our travel operators are working hard to safely maintain links to and from the islands, for local people and visitors alike, so you can undertake your journey with confidence.

Find out more about their new procedures and safety measures via the following links:

Capacity on ferries and flights to Orkney is still restricted due to physical distancing guidelines so remember to check with transport providers before planning your trip to the islands.

Please do not travel to Orkney if you don't have travel pre-booked. You should also make sure you book your accommodation prior to visiting Orkney. Please don't arrive in the islands without accommodation arranged in advance.

Bookings with NorthLink Ferries can be made via the official website or by phoning 0845 6000 449 (Calls cost 5p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge) or 01856 885500 (International and UK mobile telephones).

Pentland Ferries bookings can be made via the official website or by phoning 0800 688 8998.

Flight bookings to and from Orkney with Loganair are available - find out more and book via the Loganair website.

If you're planning to travel within Orkney, please note there are capacity issues with Orkney Ferries services due to physical distancing guidelines, so please consider whether your journey is necessary and avoid travelling at busy times. All passengers must book in advance. You can book by phoning 01856 872 044. Visit the Orkney Ferries website for updated information.

Loganair’s inter-isles flights are operating.

Local bus services for the Orkney mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray are operating, although routes could be slightly different to normal. Changes made for Bus Routes 2 (Kirkwall – Houton) and 6 (Kirkwall - Tingwall) remain in place to fit in with revised ferry timetables. Information on how to stay safe when travelling by bus is available on the Stagecoach website.

Passengers are reminded that face coverings should be worn when boarding and during their journey by bus. One-metre physical distancing measures are in place on buses and this reduces the number of passengers that can be carried.

Please remember that face coverings must be worn on all public transport in Orkney.

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