Orkney Islands Council
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Concessionary Travel.

Scotland-wide Free Bus Scheme for people who are older or disabled

Anyone aged sixty or over and eligible disabled people who live in Scotland are entitled to travel free on any local bus service and scheduled long distance coach services throughout Scotland with the National Entitlement Card.

Concessionary travel is not available for tours, excursions, night services or other special services where a premium rate is charged.

Permanent residents in Orkney are also entitled to two free return ferry journeys to the Scottish Mainland or Shetland per year. These four ferry vouchers are issued each year for use between April to March the following year.

Isles Residents Scheme

There is a Smartcard for local concessionary travel from islands to the mainland of Orkney. In order to meet the required eligibility criteria residents should:

  • Be in possession of the National Entitlement Card.
  • Be aged 65 or over.
  • Be a permanent resident on one of the isles (Eday, Egilsay, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Westray and Wyre).

Please note that holiday homes and holiday homes used on a commercial basis do not qualify for this travel concession.

Subject to Orkney Islands Council continuing the local concessionary entitlement scheme, the Smartcard will be automatically 'reloaded' each year and should therefore be treated with care and not discarded. The current entitlement is 24 single trips per year with Orkney Ferries (residents of Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay are able to use the Smartcard for use on the air service).

Replacement charges may be made for lost or damaged cards.

Orkney Islands Council Community Transport Concessionary Travel Scheme

Orkney residents who are disabled or are aged 65 and over are also entitled to three return trips per month on eligible Community Transport schemes, such as Dial-a-Bus. Residents must be in possession of a National Entitlement Card.

With effect from 1 April 2016, the entitlement will be specifically for use on social and leisure trips. Journeys include, but are not limited to: shopping, visiting friends, lunch clubs, physical activities and church. The concessionary entitlement is not for use on trips for work, education or medical purposes. This includes journeys to your doctor, dentist, attending a prevention clinic, physiotherapy and hospital appointments.

Contact

For further information or to apply for your discounts, please contact the Transport Service by the following methods:

By Post: Transport Service, Development and Infrastructure, Orkney Islands Council, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

By Telephone: 01856873535.

By Email