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Getting here

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How to get from Pentland Ferries to Kirmareth
Pentland Ferries (01856) 831 226

1.Head south on Pier Rd 0.4 mi
2.Turn right 0.3 mi
3 Turn right 0.3 mi
3.Turn left 0.3 mi
4.Turn right Destination will be on the left

How to get to Orkney

Whether you travel by car, coach or train, the main approach follows the A9 from Perth to Caithness. The A9, which has been much improved and shortened in recent years, connects from central Scotland and England’s main motorway and rail networks. Dual Carriageway connects Aberdeen to central Scotland.

By car from Perth to Inverness is 114 miles through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscape. From Inverness to Scrabster is a spectacular 111 miles.

By train you can travel to Thurso, where a bus connects to the ferry at Scrabster, or Aberdeen where the station is near to the harbour area. There is also a coach connection from Inverness/Wick to Gills Bay. By coach you can either go to Scrabster or John O’Groats (but remember that the John O’Groats route is a summer, passenger-only service).

Scotrail Railways Ltd 0845 755 0033

By bus there a re connections with CityLink from the main Scottish bus stations to Aberdeen and Thurso/Scrabster that connect with the NorthLink Ferries service. From May to September The Orkney Bus provides direct express travel from Inverness through to Kirkwall, which connects with the John O’Groat’s Ferries route. The local bus operator Rapson’s operates a local service between Thurso and Gill’s Bay to connect with Pentland Ferries.

Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd 08705 50 50 50

The Orkney Bus in partnership with John O’Groats Ferries (01955) 611 353

The Orkney Express, (01856) 870555

The last leg of your northward journey will be by the sea, with a choice of sailings from Aberdeen (6hrs) and Scrabster (90mins), Gills Bay (1hr) or John O’Groats in Caithness (40mins).

Pentland Ferries adds further choice and flexibility with 3/4 sailings per day depending on season from  Gills Bay and St. Margaret’s Hope. John O’Groats Ferries provides a May – September passenger only service to Burwick on South Ronaldsay.
Pentland Ferries (01856) 831 226

NorthLink Ferries provide a service through Aberdeen (3/4 sailings per week depending on season) and Scrabster (3/4 sailings per day depending on season).
NorthLink Ferries 0845 6000 449
Please note photographic ID is required for travelling with Northlink Ferries.

John O’Groats Ferries Ltd (01955) 611 353

Orkney by air

You can fly to Orkney with Flybe operated by Loganair, from Glasgow (1hr 20min), Aberdeen (50mins), Edinburgh (1hr 20mins), Inverness (45mins) and Sumburgh (35mins). All of these Scottish airports have excellent UK and overseas flight connections to choose from.

Flybe operated by Loganair, flights to Kirkwall,, tel 0871 7002000

Kirkwall Airport/Loganair (01856) 886210

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