Non-essential travel to and from Orkney can begin again - read our update for the latest information.
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Find all the information you need about COVID-19 in Orkney.

Updated - 26/4/21

Non-essential travel to and from Orkney is permitted once again, though the islands – like the rest of Scotland – will remain under Level 3 restrictions.

If you’re planning a visit to Orkney this year, we’d really appreciate it if you could have a read of our post below, and make sure you’re familiar with all current guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Read our FAQ and travel sections for more information.

The Scottish Government is also encouraging everyone visiting Scotland's islands to take two coronavirus tests before they travel.

We’ve really missed sharing our beautiful islands with you, so we’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

It goes without saying that you’ll do everything you can to help us keep our community safe, but we’d like to take this opportunity to make some suggestions for the best way to enjoy Orkney this year.

There’s no shortage of wide open spaces in Orkney, so when you do make it here, we’d recommend getting outside as much as possible, filling your lungs with fresh air and stretching your legs on a spectacular coastline walk.

We’ve all spent way too much time online recently, but there’s nothing virtual about an Orkney adventure. Why not take the plunge and try a new outdoors activity during your stay with us – we’ve got everything from sea kayaking to scuba diving on offer, with lots to do on dry land too.

Or perhaps you’d just like sit for a while on one of our beautiful, peaceful beaches, keeping an eye out for seals, otters and, if you’re lucky, whales. And our birdlife remains as abundant as always, so don’t forget your binoculars.

The Orkney breeze has a habit of working up a healthy appetite, so it’s just as well as our cafes, restaurants and take-aways are open for business, with all the safety measures you’d expect in place, and menus packed with fantastic local produce.

In Orkney, we’re proud of our remarkable history and heritage…it surrounds us daily, so let it touch your heart too. As a bonus, many of our most famous ancient monuments are, by their nature, well ventilated, making your islands time travelling as safe an experience as possible.

Our local businesses are definitely looking forward to welcoming you through their doors…they really need your support during your stay and, in return for shopping with them, you’ll leave Orkney with unique gifts and produce you’ll not find anywhere else.

We’ve got lots of places to stay in Orkney, to suit all budgets, so please check out our accommodation pages for options and, if at all possible, don’t travel to the islands without a firm booking.

And finally, if you are travelling independently in a motorhome, caravan or tent, we’d respectfully ask you to use local facilities as much as possible and to please respect our environment.

Use our links below to discover things to see and do, arts, crafts and food attractions and places to eat out during your time in Orkney.

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