Planning your travel to Orkney is easy with the orkney.com journey planner.
Use our interactive tool to discover how to get to Orkney from wherever you are in the UK. Simply choose your starting point, and how you’d like to travel, and we can provide some options along with links to help you book your plane or ferry travel. We can't detail every option, for example, there may also be a bus where there's a train but the connections are likely to be different. Once you firm up dates and times you'll see what your choices are.
Click the More Info button at each stage for additional information.
Ready to get started? Simply type your UK start location in the box below, or click the compass to use your current location. If you are outside the UK, please search for flights to get you to the UK first.
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?
- 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, Srabster, 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
- Aberdeen – enjoy an evening sail across the Moray Firth – approx.. 6h30min
- Scrabster – sail from the very north of Scotland to Stromness – approx. 1hr30min
- Gills Bay – take the short sea crossing to the island of South Ronaldsay – approx.. 1hr
Direct flights are available from Glasgow (60 minutes), Edinburgh (60 minutes), Inverness (45 minutes), Aberdeen (50 minutes) and Shetland (35 minutes).
There are also summer flights from Bergen, and good connections to other UK airports. Pick your preferred airport from the options. (You can change this at the next step).
Here's your results!
You can use the back button to make changes, or click 'Start Again' to perform another search.