Travel by plane
It only takes an hour to fly direct to Kirkwall airport from Edinburgh, there are also several daily flights from Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Shetland. Find out more at http://www.loganair.co.uk/
Travel by Boat
There are four ferry routes to choose from:-
Scrabster (near Thurso) – Stromness, Orkney takes 90 minutes
Aberdeen – Kirkwall, Orkney takes 6 hours
Gills Bay (near John O’Groats) – St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney takes 60 minutes
John O’Groats – Burwick, Orkney takes 40 minutes and operates from May – September but is for foot passengers only. There is an Orkney Bus between Inverness & Orkney which links to the ferry timetable and can be booked on the below site.
Travel by Bus
The Citylink network takes you to Scrabster, Gills Bay or John O’Groats for ferry services to Orkney.
Travel by Train
You can reach Aberdeen and Thurso from most of the main Scottish railway stations.