Orkney is an archipeligo or group of about 70 islands off the north-east coast of Scotland but still incredibly easy to get to! For information about Orkney, we recommend www.orkneyislands.info
For advice on travelling, we recommend the VisitScotland Tourist Information Centre in Kirkwall and Scapa Travel. Scapa Travel (01856 889040) are able to make all your travel and accommodation arrangements for you, as a holiday package, if you would prefer.
Getting here by ferry:
There are three main choices: Gill’s Bay to St Margaret’s Hope (operated by Pentland Ferries), or Scrabster to Stromness and Aberdeen to Kirkwall (both operated by Serco Ferries). All are served by regular bus services, all are car ferries, but booking ahead is recommended during the busy summer months.
For foot passengers there is also the John O'Groats ferry. This is met by a bus service.
Getting here by railway:
Our nearest train station is Thurso, Caithness, on the mainland of Scotland. From here you take a short bus journey to the Northlink ferry at Scrabster, which will take you to Stromness in about 1½ hours. Alternatively, you can take a train to Aberdeen and take the ferry to Kirkwall in about 6 hours.
Getting here by aeroplane:
Our nearest airport is just outside of Kirkwall. There are regular buses from the airport to Kirkwall. The flights are operated by Loganair under FlyBe.
Getting around in Orkney:
If you bring your own car, or hire one, we will be pleased to provide advice on directions, suitability, and parking when arranging to meet you before the ritual and at the ritual. Please note that during the busy summer months it is advisable to book ahead for a hire car.
There are buses but they don't always go to some of the more out of the way places. We will be pleased to advise on this. Buses pick up and drop off anywhere on their route. Orkney is cycle friendly.
There are several taxi firms in Orkney but we thoroughly recommend Orkney Taxis run by our friends Gail and Donald. Contact them on 01856 880147 or 07938 862626 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Orkney Taxis also offer wedding cars.
Where to stay:
For places that we recommend to stay, please refer to our Where to Stay page with a listing of B&Bs.
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