Travel Facilities

Travel Centres in Orkney

Kirkwall Airport

Kirkwall Airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited. The Airport receives scheduled flights from the Scottish Mainland and Shetland, and is the base for the inter-island services to the Outer North Isles. The Airport also supports daily Royal Mail and newspaper flights.

The terminal building’s amenities include a café, bar and a shop. Card and coin operated public telephones with low level seating are situated in the main concourse and a coin operated public telephone is available in the departure lounge. A quiet room and baby change facilities are provided.

Wheelchair Access and Availability

Wheelchairs are available in the foyer of the terminal building and an Ambulift is also available for use by the airlines for access to/from aircraft.

Further Information

For further information contact the Airport’s Information Desk on telephone: 01856886210. Real time information of flight arrivals and departures is available at the Highlands and Islands Airports website in the Related Sites section.

Kirkwall Travel Centre

The Kirkwall Travel Centre is the main departure and arrival point for all bus services. The opening hours are:

Month(s)Monday to SaturdaySunday
March. 08:00 - 18:00. Closed.
April - October. 08:00 - 18:00. 08:30 - 18:00.
November - February. 09:00 - 17:30. Closed.

 The Travel Centre is a fully accessible building with toilet facilities and a waiting area for bus users.

Stromness Travel Centre

NorthLink ferry services bound for Scrabster (Mainland Scotland) depart from the Stromness Travel Centre. The Stromness Visitor Information Centre can be found within the Travel Centre and left luggage lockers are also available here.

Just a short walk to the next pier is the departure point for the mv Graemsay service to Graemsay and Moaness (Hoy).

Stromness Travel Centre is the arrival and departure point for all bus services to and from Stromness. There is a late night bus transfer service for NorthLink passengers available between Stromness, Hatston and Kirkwall to meet with NorthLink’s evening arrival and departures sailings. This service is also open to the public but priority is given to NorthLink passengers. The transfer service departs Stromness Travel Centre at 21:05.

Hatston Ferry Terminal

A bus transfer service for NorthLink ferry passengers in Orkney is available to meet with NorthLink's evening arrival and departure sailings from Hatson Pier. Scheduled times are as follows:

Kirkwall Hotel. 22:45.
Kirkwall Travel Centre. 22:50.
Hatston Long Stay Car Park. 23:00.
Hatston Passenger Terminal arrive. 23:01.
Hatston Passenger Terminal depart. 23:10.
Kirkwall Ayre Hotel. 23:20.
Finstown. 23:30.
Stromness Travel Centre. 23:45.

FL - This service is subject to alteration at short notice depending on arrival or departure of the NorthLink ferry service linking Shetland, Kirkwall and Aberdeen. If the ferry service is cancelled the bus service will not operate. If the ferry is late the bus service will depart 10 minutes after arrival of the vessel.

For further information on the bus transfer service, please contact Stagecoach in Orkney on 01856870555.

Kirkwall Pier

Services to the six Outer North Isles depart from the Kirkwall Pier. There is a passenger waiting area at the far end of the pier adjacent to the Outer North Isles linkspan. Services to Shapinsay depart from the slip to the west of the main pier, where there is also a waiting room for passengers. Information and tickets for services to the Outer North Isles and Shapinsay are available from the Orkney Ferries office on Shore Street. Telephone: 01856872044 or email Orkney Ferries.

Houton Pier

Services to Hoy and Flotta arrive and depart from Houton, which is around half way between Kirkwall and Stromness on the A964 road. Bus services to and from Kirkwall, Monday to Saturday connect with ferry services to and from Hoy and Flotta.

Tingwall Pier

Services to Egilsay, Rousay and Wyre arrive and depart from Tingwall Pier, which is around 20 minutes drive from Kirkwall. Bus services to and from Kirkwall and Stromness connect with a number of the ferry services Monday to Saturday.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


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