Orkney Transportation

  • looking back to Caithness
    looking back to Caithness
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  • 1st glimpse of Orkney
    1st glimpse of Orkney
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    St Margaret's Hope
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Orkney Transportation

  • OCTO buses in June to August

    The main bus service is run by a company called Stagecoach (who are reliable but expensive) you can check out at the Stage Coach bus routes here: http://www.stagecoachbus.com/localdefault.aspx?Tag=InvernessIn the summer months (on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)Orkney Community Transport Organisation (OCTO)run a 'Hop-on Hop-off Explorer' service -...

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  • W. R. Tullock Car Rental

    W. R. Tullock Car Rental was a professional, polite and helpful car rental agent. The car was good quality and drove well, it was a fair price in comparison to other hire companies I used in the Scottish Isles and they have a service direct from the airport which is Very handy. You can just drop the keys off at the airport too if you are leaving...

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  • Travel Around Orkney

    These are your option for travel around Orkney:1) Orkney consists of something like 67 islands, about a dozen of which you would like to explore. Regular ferries connect the largest island "Mainland" with these. Some of the southern islands are connected to Mainland by roads over causeways and two of the northern islands can also be reached by a...

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  • All 3 Ferries To Orkney From Northern...

    From north Scotland there are 3 ferry services making the short crossing of the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands.It is not cheap - consider leaving your car. Details below (Prices 2004/5). Pentland Ferries:Gills Bay - St Margaret's Hopehttp://www.pentlandferries.com/Adult - £11 Car - £25 John O'Groats Ferry:1st May - 30th september, passenger...

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  • Orkney Island Tours and Ancient Crafts...

    This is one of the best ways to get around Orkney and see places "off the beaten track" where other tours and public transport never goes.The tours are for up to 6 people, and supply local food, music and stories, plus demonstrating stone age skills like primitive fire lighting, stone tool making and plant use.This picture is me, in front of the...

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  • Orkney In Morning Light from The Ferry

    Catching the 6am ferry from Gills Bay (the vehicle ferry - not the John O' Groats passenger ferry) to St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay (joined to Orkney Mainland by road) ... not only is this the cheaper ferry crossing for cars but it is the quicker and more old fashioned.You get wonderful glimpses of the coastline and seals basking, before...

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  • Moving 30 Ton Stone Megaliths By Hand

    Ever wondered how the huge megaliths (big stones) were moved, 5000 years ago?Resources:Only a few people - no slaves.No metals.Lots of stone, some timber and plants.Ummm .....Do this:Use stone and wood wedges to split desired block off from bedrock. Utilise natures power in "freeze-thaw" (water expansion).Take a strong timber pole (about as big as...

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  • Stromness Harbour - From Scrabster

    The biggest (and most expensive) way into Orkney is from Scrabster (by Thurso, on the Scottish mainland) to Stromness (Orkney Mainland).The service is now operated by Northlink Ferries and is only really worth it for two reasons:1) The View of the Cliffs of Hoy (and The Old Man of Hoy)2) Stromness Harbour and HamnavoeThere are two other Ferry...

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  • Getting there without a car.

    The first time I went to the islands, I took the train to Inverness, stayed overnight and then caught the 'Orkney Bus'. This leaves twice a day from Inverness bus station and drives you up the north-east coast of Scotland to John o'Groats.(fantastic scenery all the way). You have time to explore the tiny harbour area before boarding the passenger...

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  • Car hire.

    I love walking, but when I stay on Mainland I always save up and hire a car. There are buses, but there is so much to see and so little time............... I use James Peace's firm in Kirkwall (they pick me up from the airport too) and have nothing but praise for their friendly and helpful service. They didn't even laugh when I couldn't find...

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  • From mainland Orkney to Rousay

    From Tingwall on Orkney mainland you can take a boat to the island of Rousey. On Rousay it's hard to get around. I think there are a few taxi-busses around that show you around on the island. That's what we did at least but my university had organized is so I can't tell you any details.

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  • Mainland Scotland to Orkney

    To get to Stromness on Orkney Islands you can take a ferry from Scrabster in the north east corner of mainland UK. You will get to see dolphins on the way if you are lucky. Or beautiful scenery like this....The crossing takes approximately an hour... enough time for some cans of Newcastle Brown Ale for us ;-)

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  • Smithfield Hotel

    Dounby, Orkney, Orkney KW17

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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