Orkney Islands Council
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Cycling Advice

The Orkney Mainland and isles are excellent cycling territory, with gentle rolling countryside, easy terrain, and quiet roads. Off the main routes, a network of small roads links one parish to another.

Cycling Tips

Check your bike and kit before you ride, and plan your route so that you know where you’re going and how long it will take. For longer journeys carry a pump, inner tube, puncture repair kit, basic tools, and a map and compass if necessary. Take something to eat and drink, including enough for emergencies, and carry suitable wind/waterproof clothing in case of bad weather.


Wearing a helmet is your own choice, but it is advised. Be visible when riding on tracks or roads and use effective lights for night riding and in poor daylight conditions.

Transporting Your Bike

Bikes can be carried on all the inter-isle ferry services free of charge. Bikes can also be carried free on NorthLink ferry services.

Train services have limited capacity to carry cycles and bookings should be made in advance. During the summer timetable, road transport for cycles is provided from Wick to Inverness, Monday to Saturday, and from Inverness to Wick, Monday to Saturday. Please note that the cycle vans depart earlier than the train services.