Travelling Around Orkney - General Information

Using The Bus – Hail and Ride

Apart from in the centre of Kirkwall and Stromness, where you should wait for the bus at the Kirkwall or Stromness Travel Centre, using the bus in Orkney couldn’t be easier. All you need to do to catch a bus is to wait at a safe point – and hail the driver as the bus approaches. When you wish to leave the bus, ring the bell once in good time as the bus approaches your stop. Bus fares vary depending upon the length of your journey. If you are making a return journey on the same day, ask the driver for a Day Return. Other multiple-use tickets are available, and details can be found on the Stagecoach website, available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Information on additional bus services in Orkney are available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Using Orkney Ferries Services

Orkney Ferries services to the Outer North Isles (Eday, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Westray) depart from the Kirkwall Pier. Orkney Ferries services to Shapinsay depart from the Shapinsay slip adjacent to the Kirkwall Pier. All vehicle bookings should be made in advance on 01856872044. Orkney Ferries service to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre depart from the Tingwall Pier. All vehicle bookings should be made in advance on 01856751360. Orkney Ferries service to Hoy and Flotta depart from the Houton Pier. All vehicle bookings should be made in advance on 01856811397. Vehicle traffic should arrive at the pier no later than 20 minutes before the scheduled sailing time, and foot passengers by 10 minutes before the sailing time.

Orkney Ferries passenger service to Graemsay and Moaness (North of Hoy) departs from the Graemsay Pier in Stromness. All enquiries should be made through the Orkney Ferries main office on 01856872044. Passengers for this service are required to be available for boarding five minutes before departure.

Please note the special notices for each of the Orkney Ferries services on the ferry timetable pages in this guide.

Further information can be found at the Orkney Ferries website, available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page..

Using Loganair Inter-Isles Services

Loganair services to the Outer North Isles depart from the Kirkwall Airport. Bookings should be made in advance by calling Loganair on 01856872494 or 01856873457.

Passengers are required to check-in at least 20 minutes before departure. Each passenger is allowed 15kgs hold luggage and 6kgs hand baggage. A connecting bus service from Kirkwall is available to meet these internal flights.

Further information can be found at the Loganair website from the Related Sites section.

Using Dial-A-Bus Service

Dial-A-Bus is a door-to-door service run for its members by the Orkney Disability Forum. Residents and visitors can become members, and the service is available for people who are disabled, people with mobility difficulties and people aged 60 and over.

The Dial-A-Bus office is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30 for further information and booking telephone 01856871515. Bookings for Dial-A-Bus must be made 24 hours in advance and trips at the weekend must be booked by Friday. Dial-A-Bus has an out-of-hours phone line that can be used if you need to cancel your booking or change your pick-up or drop-off point. The number is 07500304417 – please note that journeys cannot be booked on this line.

Visit the Orkney Disability Forum website for further information.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


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