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It is worth visiting the Orkney Travel Timetables website to find out the latest times and routes to and within Orkney.

By Sea to Orkney

Northlink Ferries: between Scrabster on the Scottish mainland and Stromness in Orkney. There is usually at least one crossing every day taking less than 2 hours.

Pentland Ferries: between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and St Margaret's Hope in Orkney - 1 hour. From there it is around 30 minutes drive into Kirkwall.

John O'Groats Ferries (summer only): foot passenger ferry from John O'Groats to Burwick in Orkney.

By Air

It is possible to fly from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen to Kirkwall Airport.

Loganair website

Internal Bus Service

Orkney Stagecoach Timetables

Getting to Shapinsay from Kirkwall

There is a regular ferry from Kirkwall to Shapinsay (the Ro-Ro ferry MV Shapinsay), see ferry timetable here.