We offer self-drive and chauffered tours of Orkney. You can either fly up or drive and take the ferry.
If you're flying, there are daily flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, or twice-weekly from London. This is the quickest way to get
Ferries run from the far north of Scotland, or you can take the overnight ferry from Aberdeen. Driving up from Edinburgh or Glasgow takes a whole day, though, and we normally recommend stopping for at least one night en route, so you can enjoy it. Orkney can easily be combined with the North Coast 500 route - it's just a 90-minute ferry ride across to the Islands.
The overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney involves a lot less driving, but it does mean you arrive in Lerwick around 2 AM - and this route can often be quite rough. However, the same ferry continues on to Shetland, and it's an excellent way to get between these two groups of Islands.
Finally, there is the option of taking the train up to Thurso and then going as a passenger on the ferry. The Far North Line, running from Inverness to the northern coast of Scotland is one of the most dramatic scenic routes in the world.
In Orkney, we recommend having your own transport - hiring a car or private driver. The roads on Mainland are excellent, and it's connected to many of the southern isles by the Churchill Barriers. These causeways were built in WW2.
The ferry network between the islands works well, and you can take a car if needed. Many of the smaller islands can be visited on foot. Another option is to take the regular island hopper flights run by Loganair. These include the shortest commercial flight in the world, between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray.