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Hi I did a road trip to shetland last year and loved it and had some great advice from here ,so this year I am going to Orkney end of may.Does any one have any hints or tips for island hoping .
Thanks x


  • Hi @Dee Orkney ferries is probably the best place to check on routes and timetables. Any time I head up there I usually take the Northlink ferry from Scrabster to Stromness which takes about 90 minutes, you get great views as it comes round past the Old Man of Hoy too. Another option in terms of getting there is the Pentland Ferries catamaran, it's the quickest route to the island and arguably the most scenic .
  • DeeDee Member
    Thanks for the info will look into the ferries and compare prices.And will prob find info on the island for inter island ferries,cant wait to get there now.
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Hi @Dee. Orkney really is beautiful. I have only ever sailed from Scrabster to Stromness with NorthLink Ferries. A crossing of ninety minutes and if you are lucky you could see dolphins and gannets. 

    One of my favourite places to visit was the Brough of Birsay. A tidal island that you can cross over when the tide is out. There are the remains of Pictish and Norse settlements here too. If you walk up to the lighthouse you get great views of many of the sea birds nesting on the cliffs. Don't forget to check the times for the tides too. 

    From the same car park at Birsay there is a footpath out to the whalebone. It has stood there since around 1876 after being beached. A nice walk. 

    Orkney Brewery is well worth a visit (It's not far from Skara Brae). You can do a tour of the brewery or they also do amazing food. 

    Deerness Distillery is also worth a visit. They make fantastic gin. 

    I haven't done any island hopping so I can't really help you with that bit. If you have any questions whilst you are there, the VisitScotland iCentre team in Kirkwall are very helpful.  
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  • travelswithakilttravelswithakilt Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Dee, good choice!

    Quite a few choices! Hoy is terrific for scenery and that walk to the Old Man. Westray a great option for some history and terrific coastlines. Sanday great for beaches. Here's some more of where I ended up between the islands last year:

    Hope that helps narrow down some choices and have a great time!

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