Journey Planner

Finding your way to Orkney is easy with the Journey Planner.

Our interactive tool can help you plan your trip to the islands from any location in the UK. All you have to do is choose your starting point and how you’d like to travel, then we’ll do the rest. The Journey Planner will provide options for travel, including road, rail and ferry connections, with all the links you need to help you book your tickets.

In some cases, we won’t be able to provide a comprehensive list of travel options, but once your dates and times are firmed up, you should be able to pick your perfect route.

Ready to get started? Simply type your UK starting location in the box below, or click the compass to use your current location. If you are outside the UK, remember to search for flights to get you to the UK first.

You can click the ‘More Info’ button at each stage for additional information too.

Our Journey Planner provides only land and ferry route information. We apologise that there is no flight information but you can find this out at Loganair. You can also find out more about travelling to Orkney with our Getting Here page, and please contact if you have any further questions.

  • 1 Travel From
  • 2 Type
  • 3 Preferences
  • 4 Results
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Where will you be travelling from?

What mode of transport would you prefer?

Which UK ferry port would you prefer to sail from?

    Which UK airport would you prefer to fly from?

      If your local airport isn't listed, please choose any of the above and you can change the search to any UK airport in the Skyscanner tool at the next step. Note that the earlier you can book your flight the cheaper the price will be.

      • Step 1

        The search field will automatically show results as you type.

        Click the compass icon next to the search box to use your current location.

      • Step 2

        Car & Ferry – drive from your start location to either Aberdeen, Scrabster or Gills Bay.

        Car & Plane – drive to your preferred airport then fly to Orkney.

        Public Transport & Ferry – check public transport routes and then sail from Aberdeen, Scrabster, Gills Bay or John O'Groats (summer only).

        Public Transport & Plane – check public transport routes to your preferred airport then fly to Orkney.

      • Step 3

        Ferry Options

        • Aberdeen – enjoy an evening sail through the Moray Firth to Orkney – approx. 6hrs
        • Scrabster – sail from the very north of Scotland to Stromness – approx. 1hr30min
        • Gills Bay – take the short sea crossing to Orkney – approx. 1hr

        Airport Options

        Direct flights are available from Glasgow (60 minutes), Edinburgh (60 minutes), Inverness (45 minutes), Aberdeen (50 minutes) and Shetland (35 minutes).

        There are also excellent connections to other UK airports. Pick your preferred airport from the options (you can change this at the next step).

      • Results

        Here are your results!

        You can use the back button to make changes, or click 'Start Again' to perform another search.