There are currently restrictions on travel to and from Orkney - read our update for the latest information.
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Travel information

Get the latest information on travel to, from and within Orkney - updated 04/01/21

With Scotland’s new five-tiered system of coronavirus related measures coming into force from November 2nd, we’d respectfully ask potential visitors to Orkney to ensure they follow all the latest official guidance on travel.

New stay at home lockdown measures for mainland Scotland are now in force, with Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles remaining under Level Three restrictions for now.

This means travel between Orkney and other parts of Scotland/the UK is not permitted, unless for certain essential purposes.

Details of the new measures can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Other parts of the UK are subject to their own restrictions, so please ensure you follow the rules relevant to your area.

The new measures introduced in Scotland will impact on transport links, so please check with travel operators if you do have to make an essential journey to or from Orkney.

If you are making an essential journey to our islands, then please ensure you familiarise yourself with the latest Scottish Government and NHS Scotland guidelines relating to COVID-19 before travelling.

By following official guidance, you’re playing your part in helping keep our community safe and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Orkney when national lockdown measures are relaxed and travel restrictions eased.

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