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  • Bay of Skaill, Orkney

Cycling

Pedal power is a perfect way to explore Orkney. We have mile after mile of quiet country roads here, and not too many big hills to tackle.

Granted, the Orcadian breeze can sometimes be a challenge, but remember, at some point it’s going to be behind you! Whether road racer, tourer or mountain biker, there’s something for all in Orkney.

There’s an enthusiastic local cycling club scene here too, and members will be more than happy to welcome visitors to club rides and events.

As you’ll find across the country, our main routes can be busy at times and are home to plenty of larger agricultural vehicles too. But once you get off the beaten track you’ll find huge stretches of open road in front of you, spanning Orkney’s gently undulating landscape.

Most of Orkney’s sites can be accessed by bicycle, and you'll find numerous cafes, bars and restaurants in our towns and villages that can provide all the cake-fuelled energy you need to get going again.

If you’re looking for more challenging cycling conditions then we’d recommend a trip to Hoy or Rousay, Orkney’s two hilliest locations. There are some steep climbs to be enjoyed – and endured – but the stunning scenery more than makes up for it. You can bring your bike on our local ferries for free, too.

Cycle hire is available at a number of locations across Orkney, including Cycle Orkney in Kirkwall and Orkney Cycle Hire in Stromness. Use the links below to find out where you can hire bicycles across our other islands.