Non-essential travel to and from Orkney will be permitted again from 26 April - read our update for the latest information.
  • NorthLink Ferries vessel MV Hamnavoe - image by Nick McCaffrey

Travel information

Get the latest information on travel to, from and within Orkney.

Updated - 13/4/21

From 26 April non-essential travel to and from Orkney will be permitted once again, though the islands – like the rest of Scotland – will remain under Level 3 restrictions.

If you’re planning a trip to the islands, remember that capacity on ferries and flights will still be restricted due to physical distancing guidelines. Book your tickets early and check with your transport providers before planning your trip for more information.

We’d also ask you not to visit Orkney if you don’t have your travel and accommodation pre-booked.

Bookings with NorthLink Ferries can be made via the official website or by phoning 0800 111 4422 (free from UK landlines and mobiles) or +44 (0)1856 885 500 (International).

Watch the NorthLink Ferries video on how to stay safe whilst travelling to and from Orkney.

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.

Watch the Loganair video on how to stay safe whilst flying to and from Orkney.

If you're planning to travel within Orkney, remember 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, but again, please consider whether your journey is necessary.

Local bus services for the Orkney mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray are operating. 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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