A trip to Orkney is not complete without visiting its islands. Journeys by air and sea are all part of the adventure and a great way to experience the thrill of arriving at new and exciting locations. The inter-island transport system in Orkney makes holiday planning so much easier.
The main internal sea transport operator is Orkney Ferries, which sails to most inhabited Islands from Kirkwall, Tingwall, Houton and Stromness. The company publishes an annual timetable with details of services. Further information is available from the head office at the Pierhead, Kirkwall, Telephone 01856 872044.
All services are ro-ro except those to Papay, North Ronaldsay and Graemsay, where vehicles are handled by crane. The modern fleet of ships runs frequent daily services to all islands except North Ronaldsay, which operates once or twice weekly. The services run as follows:
Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre services depart from Tingwall in Evie.
To book telephone: 01856 751360
Papay services depart from Pierowall, Westray.
To book telephone: 01857 677216
Hoy and Flotta services depart from Houton in Orphir.
To book telephone: 01856 811397
North Hoy & Graemsay services depart from Stromness.
To book telephone: 01856 850624
There are two levels of fares to the islands. Tickets for the inner islands of Hoy, Flotta, Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre and Shapinsay are cheaper than those to the Outer Isles of Westray, Eday, Sanday, Stronsay and North Ronaldsay.
Internal air services
Loganair operates daily services to most of the Outer North Isles, including Westray, Papay, North Ronaldsay, Sanday and Stronsay and to Eday on Wednesdays only with its 8-seat Islander aircraft. Flying from Kirkwall Airport, this service is very popular and booking is recommended. Special deals are available for visitors travelling to Papay and North Ronaldsay when an overnight stay is included. For bookings and enquiries please visit: www.loganair.co.uk
Stagecoach is the main bus company in Orkney. It operates a large number of services between Kirkwall and Stromness, to ferry terminals and various locations across the Mainland. Full details of all these and other schedules are published by Orkney Islands Council every six months in the Orkney Public Transport Timetable. This booklet is an indispensable reference for anyone travelling across Orkney and its islands.