COVID-19/Coronavirus - updates from Orkney

Orkney is subject to the same UK and Scottish Government measures relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 as the rest of the UK. Do not attempt to travel to the islands.

What you need to do

  • Stay at home.
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

If you have booked a holiday to Orkney this year, we fully understand you will be disappointed. We look forward to welcoming you when this unprecedented crisis has passed.

In the meantime, we’ll do our best to share all that’s wonderful about Orkney through our social media channels.

More information on Coronavirus and the current measures can be found online.

Event/attraction information

The 2020 Orkney Folk Festival has been postponed until 27-30 May 2021.

The 2020 St Magnus International Festival has been postponed until 2021.

VisitScotland's iCentre in Kirkwall is currently closed in line with Government advice until further notice. Enquiries are being answered by email at

Highland Park Distillery's visitor experience has been closed until further notice. The Highland Park store on Albert Street in Kirkwall currently remains open.

Historic Environment Scotland has closed all its staffed historic sites in the country, including Skara Brae and Maeshowe in Orkney, with effect from 18th March at 5pm until further notice. Its seasonal sites, including the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces in Kirkwall and the Hackness Martello Tower in South Walls, will not be opening as scheduled in April. Unstaffed sites, such as the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, remain open and free to access.

The Orkney Fossil & Heritage Centre is postponing its opening date of 10th April until further notice.

Tomb of the Eagles is closed until further notice.

The Pier Arts Centre will be closed from 18 March onwards. Staff will be available on-site by appointment until 5pm on 20 March. Other enquiries can be directed through

The Orkney Distillery Visitor Centre and Cafe/Bar in Kirkwall has been closed until further notice.

All Orkney Island Council-run leisure, cultural and library facilities, including the Pickaquoy Centre, the Orkney Museum, Corrigall Farm Museum, Kirbuster Museum, and the Scapa Flow exhibition at Lyness, (including guided walks around the Lyness Wartime Trail), will close to the public from 5pm on 20 March until further notice.

St Magnus Cathedral is closed.

Orkney Brewery's cafe, tours and tastings are closed, but the brewery shop is currently open daily between 10 am and 4:30 pm.

The 2020 Orkney Nature Festival has been cancelled.

The 2020 Orkney Rugby Sevens has been postponed.

The Ness of Brodgar excavations in 2020 have been cancelled.

The Stromness Museum is closed until further notice.

There is a revised public bus service operating in Orkney during the Coronavirus situation - view the timetables via the Orkney Islands Council website.

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