Travelling to and within Scotland for Groups

Please find below detailed information on travelling to and within Scotland. Information, in particular Airline flight carriers, may be subject to change so check with the actual airlines/airports via the links supplied below.

Airport Details

Scottish Airports

Scottish Airport Details for - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Dundee, Inverness, Shetland, Orkney, Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Isle of Islay, Stornaway, Tiree, Wick

Scottish Airline Codes, Telephone Numbers & Websites

Getting to Scotland

Getting Here - by Coach, by Road, by Rail, by Sea


Aberdeen Airport, Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB21 7DU
Tel:+44 (0)844 481 6666

Overseas Flights
Amsterdam KL
Bergen SK WF
Bourgas BGH
Copenhagen SK
Dublin EI
Enfidha TCX
Esbjerg BM
Frankfurt LH
Groningen BM
Palma DP TOM
Paris(CDG) AF
Reus TCX
Skatska T3
Stavanger T3 SK WF
Tenerife TCX DP TOM

Domestic (not Scotland)

Belfast City BE
Birmingham BE
Bristol T3 BM
Cardiff T3
Durham Tees Valley T3
East Midlands T3
Exeter BE
Humberside T3
Jersey BE
Leeds Bradford T3 BE
London City BA
London Gatwick EZY
London Heathrow BA
London Luton EZY
Manchester BE BM
Newcastle T3
Norwich T3 BM
Southampton T3

Within Scotland

Kirkwall BE
Stornoway T3
Sumburgh (Shetland) BE
Wick T3



Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH12 9DN
Tel:+44 (0)844 481 8989

Overseas Flights (codes and contacts below)
Alicante LS FR EZY
Amsterdam KL EZY
Antalya TCX
Athens EZY
Barcelona VY FR
Basel EZY
Bergen DY
Berlin EZY
Billund FR
Bordeaux FR
Bourgas TOM BGH
Bratislava FR
Bremen FR
Brussels BD SN
Brussels (Charleroi) FR
Budapest LS
Cancun (Summer 2013) TOM
Chambery LS
Cologne 4U
Copenhagen EZY DY BD
Corfu TOM
Cork RE
Dalaman RE TCX TOM
Dublin FR EI
Dubrovnik LS EZY
Dusseldorf EZY
Duddeldorf (Weeze) FR
Frankfurt LH
Frankfurt Hahn FR
Fuerteventura FR
Gdansk FR
Geneva TOM EZY
Gothenburg FR
Grenoble EZY
Hamburg EZY
Ibiza TOM LS
Innsbruck TOM
Istanbul TK
Kaunas FR
Knock BE
Krakow FR EZY
La Rochelle LS
Lanzarote FR TOM
Las Palmas TOM FR
Lisbon EZY
Lodz FR
Lyon EZY
Madrid EZY
Malaga FR LS
Malta FR
Memmingen BE
Menorca LS TOM
Milan (Malpensa) EZY
Munich EZY
Murcia LS
Naples EZY
New York (Newark) UA
Nice EZY
Olbia LS
Orlando (summer 2013) TOM
Oslo DY
Oslo Torp FR
Paphos TOM EZY
Paris Beauvais FR
Pisa FR
Poznan FR
Prague LS EZY
Reus TCX
Reykjavik EZY LS(From May 2013)
Rhodes TOM
Rome (Ciampino) FR
Saltzburg LS
Shannon EI
Sharm El Sheikh (summer 2013 TOM
Sofia BGH
St Petersburg (May 2013) DY
Stockholm (Arlanda) DY SK
Stockholm (Skavsta) FR
Szczecin FR
Tampere FR
Tenerife (South) TOM EZY FR
Toulouse LS
Tunisia (sumer 2013) TOM
Venice LS
Verona FR
Vienna HG
Zurich BD

Domestic (not Scotland)

Belfast City BE
Belfast International EZY
Birmingham BE
Bristol EZY
Cardiff BE
East Midlands BE
Exeter BE
Isle of Man BE
Jersey BE
London City WX BA
London Gatwick BA EZY
London Heathrow BA
London Luton EZY
London Stansted EZY
Manchester BE BD
Newquay BE
Norwich BE
Southampton BE

Within Scotland

Kirkwall BE
Stornoway BE
Sumburgh BE
Wick BE



Glasgow Airport, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, PA3 2SW
Tel:+44 (0)844 481 5555

Overseas Flights
Alicante -- TCX TOM EZY BA LS
Amsterdam KL EZY
Antalya TCX
Arrecife LS TCX TOM
Barcelona BA LS
Berlin Schoenefeld EZY
Calgary TS
Cancun TCX TOM
Chambery TOM
Copenhagen BM
Cork EI
Croatia LS
Dalaman LS TCX TOM
Donegal RE BE
Dubai EK
Dublin EI
Fuerteventura TCX
Funchal TCX
Heraklion LS TCX
La Rochelle BE
La Romana TOM
Larnacan TCX TOM
Las Palmas TCX TOM
Lyon BIE
Madrid IB
Malta TCX KM
Menorca TCX TOM LS
Murcia LS
Nantes BIE
Naples TOM
New York (Newark) UA
Orlando (Sanford) TCX TOM
Orlando Intl (summer only) VS
Philadelphia US
Reykjavik FI
Rome LS
Salzburg TOM
Sharm El Sheikh TCX TOM
Stavanger T3
Tenerife (South) LS TCX TOM
Toronto (Pearson) SWG TS
Turin TOM
Vancouver TS
Varna BGH
Venice BA
Verona TOM
Zakynthos TCX TOM

Domestic (not Scotland)
Belfast City BE
Belfast International EZY
Birmingham BE WW
Bristol EZY
Cardiff BE
East Midlands BE
Exeter BE
Guernsey SI
Isle of Man BE
Jersey BE
Leeds Bradford BM
London City BA
London Gatwick BA EZY
London Heathrow BA
London Luton EZY
London Stansted EZY
Manchester BE
Newquay SZ
Southampton BE

Within Scotland

Barra BE
Benbecula BE
Campbeltown BE
Islay BE
Kirkwall BE
Stornoway BE
Sumburgh BE
Tiree BE


Glasgow Prestwick

Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Aviation House, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 2PL
Tel: 0871 223 0700

Overseas Flights 
Alicante FR
Barcelona Girona FR
Bydgoszcz FR
Carcassonne FR
Corfu FR
Crete Chania FR
Dublin FR
Faro FR
Fuerteventura FR
Gdansk WZZ
Ibiza FR
Lanzarote FR
Las Palmas FR
Malaga FR
Malta FR
Milan Bergamo FR
Murcia FR
Palma FR
Paris Beauvais FR
Pisa FR
Reus FR
Riga FR
Rome Ciampino FR
Tenerife FR
Warsaw WZZ FR
Wroclaw FR

Domestic (not Scotland) 
Derry FR



Dundee Airport, Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1UH
Tel: 01382 662200

Domestic (not Scotland) 
Belfast City BE
Birmingham BE
Jersey BE
London City WX



Inverness Airport, Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB
Tel: 01667 464000

Overseas Flights
Amsterdam BE
Dusseldorf LH
Domestic (not Scotland)
Belfast City BE
Belfast City BE
Birmingham BE
Bristol EZY
Jersey BE
London Gatwick BE EZY
London Luton EZY
Manchester BE

Within Scotland   
Benbecula BE
Kirkwall/Sumburgh BE
Stornoway BE



Shetland (Sumburgh) Airport, VirkieMainland, Shetland ZE3 9JP
Tel: 01950 460905

Sumburgh to:

Overseas Flights
Bergen BE (summer only)

Domestic Flights 
Aberdeen BE
Edinburgh BE
Glasgow BE
Inverness BE
Kirkwall BE

Tingwall (Lerwick) (Tel: 01595 840246) to:
Fair Isle,
Foula, Out Skerries, Papa Stour,
Whalsay BA (Loganair)



Kirkwall Airport, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1TH
Tel: 01856 872421

Within Scotland    
Aberdeen BE
Edinburgh BE
Glasgow BE
Inverness BE
Sumburgh BE

Inter Island
Eday (01857 622257)
North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray (01857 644252)
Sanday (01857 600346)
Stronsay, Westray (01857 677271), Fair Isle All BA (operated by Loganair)



Barra Airport, Eoligarry, Isle of Barra HS9 5YD
Tel: 01871 890212

Within Scotland     
Glasgow BE
Benbecula BE



Benbecula Airport, Balivanich, Benbecula, Western Isles HS7 5LW
Tel: 01870 602051

Within Scotland 
Barra BE
Glasgow BE
Stornoway BE



Campbeltown Airport, Kintyre, Argyll PA28 6NU
Tel: 01586 553797

Within Scotland
Glasgow BE


Isle of Islay

Islay Airport, Glenegedale, Islay PA42 7AS
Tel: 01496 302361

Within Scotland     
Colonsay GHEBS
Glasgow BE



Stornoway Airport, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS2 0BN
Tel: 01851 702256

Within Scotland   
Aberdeen T3
Benbecula BE
Edinburgh BE
Glasgow BE
Inverness BE



Tiree Airport, Isle of Tiree PA77 6UW
Tel: 01879 220456

Within Scotland   
Glasgow BE



Wick Airport, Caithness KW1 4QP
Tel: 01955 602215

Within Scotland     
Aberdeen T3
Edinburgh BE


Airline Codes & Telephone Numbers

AF Air France 0871 66 33 777
BA British Airways 0844 493 0 787
BD bmi British Midland 0844 8484 888 or +44 (0)1332 64 8181 (outside UK)
BE FlyBE 0871 700 2000
BGH BH Air 0845 520 1260
BIE France Travel Services 0845 872 4441
DP First Choice 0871 231 4787
DY 0208 099 7254
EI Aer Lingus 0871 718 50000
EK Emirates 0844 800 2777
EZY easyJet 0905 821 0905
FI Icelandair 0844 811 1190
FR Ryanair 0871 246 0000
GHEBS Hebridean Air Services 0845 805 7465
HG Fly Niki 0871 5000 737
IB Iberia 0870 609 0500
KL KLM uk 0871 222 7740
KM Air Malta 0906 103 0012
LH Lufthansa 0871 945 9747
L0 LOT Polish Airlines 0801 703 703
RE Aer Arann 0870 876 76 76
SI Guernsey Travel 01534 496 600
SWG Canada Travel Services 0800 091 3121
T3 Eastern Airways 08703 669 100
TCX Thomas Cook 0844 412 5959
TK Turkish Airlines 0844 800 6666
TOM Thomson Airways 0871 231 4787
TS Air Transat 020 7616 9187
UA United Airlines 0845 607 6760
US US Airways 0845 600 3300
VS Virgin Atlantic 0844 209 7777
VY Vueling 0906 754 7541
WF Widerøe (SAS) +47 75 11 11 11
WX CityJet 0871 66 33 777
WZZ Wizz Air 0906 959 0002

NOTE: The information contained in this section was correct at the time of researching (December 2012 ). However, as air travel is constantly changing these days, it is advisable to check with airports/airlines before finalising itineraries.


Getting Here By Coach

National Express
National Express is the UK's leading coach network provider taking you to over 1000 destinations throughout the UK. The comfortable and modern coaches have panoramic windows, leather seats and on-board toilets to ensure passengers travel in comfort and style.

National Express is also renowned for its easy access coaches with a Magic Floor lift enabling people in a wheelchair, those with mobility impairments and the elderly, to travel with ease. Contact National Express Disabled Persons Travel Helpline on 08717 818179 or textphone on 0121 455 0086, or email at

Scheduled services to Scotland depart daily from towns and cities all over England and Wales with some offering overnight journeys.

For more information and to book call 08717 81 81 81, visit your local national outlet or online at

Getting Around In Scotland

There is a good network of coach services in Scotland and information can be obtained from Tourist Information Centres. Advance booking is not usually required, although you are advised to do so for longer journeys.

Scottish Citylink
Scottish Citylink is Scotland's leading provider of coach services linking over 200 towns and cities across the country with a fleet of modern and comfortable coaches all in distinctive blue and yellow livery.

Its Explorer Pass offers maximum flexibility at minimum price. You can use any services at any time within the validity of the pass and take advantage of the great discounts available from other transport providers, accommodation providers and key visitor attractions. Further information is available by calling 08705 50 50 50, or online at

Stagecoach serve mainland Scotland and the Orkney Isles. They operate a considerable network of services. These can be viewed at or you can call 0871 200 22 33.

A special feature of the Scottish mail delivery service is the Postbus, which carries fare-paying passengers along with the mail in rural areas where there is no other form of public transport. The service brings a new dimension to travel in the more remote areas and is ideal for walkers. Information is available by calling 08457 740 740. Also online at

Space is limited and it is advisable not to plan your journey to rely totally on the Postbus service.

City Tours
City tours provide a great introduction to Scotland's cities. A variety of tours operate in each city - often on open-top and vintage buses. Some tours are available in a variety of languages. Tickets are generally valid all day and can be used to hop on and off the buses at designated stops throughout the tour route. Tour tickets may also provide discounts to visitor attractions.

Day and Extended Tours
There is a huge range of day and extended tours offered throughout Scotland. Most tours depart from the cities but some also operate from rural areas. The duration of tours vary depending on the distances and themes involved. For more details, see our Tour Operators Section.

Getting Here by Road

Scotland has an excellent road network with motorways and dual carriageway roads linking cities and most towns. The primary road network extends over most of the country, except in a few remote areas. In these areas you will find single-track roads with passing places where you have to draw in to the left to let others pass or overtake. Getting away from traffic jams and out onto Scotland's quiet roads can really put the fun back into driving. There are no tolls on roads or the major bridges in Scotland.

There are many companies offering competitive car rental rates. Details of many of the major car rental firms in Scotland are given in the Car Hire section of this web site. Conditions of hire vary but most require the driver to be between 23 and 75 years old, with a current driving licence having been held for at least one year.

The rental charge is due when you collect the vehicle and usually covers passenger liability, third party, fire and theft insurance. You will also be required to leave a deposit which will be refunded if you return the vehicle without damage. Be sure to check if you are required to fill the tank full or to the same level as when you hired the car, otherwise you will have to pay a re-fuelling fee. For details of branch locations and rental conditions please either view the company's web site or contact them directly.

Many fuel stations in cities are open 24 hours a day. In rural areas the distance between stations is greater and opening hours may be shorter. Fuel prices fluctuate and tend to be lower in cities and towns.


Getting to Scotland by Rail

There is a fast, efficient, cross border railway service from England and Wales to Scotland. The journey from London takes around 4 hours 30 minutes to Edinburgh and 5 hours to Glasgow, with regular services throughout the day. There are also direct services from London King's Cross to Aberdeen and Inverness, and good links from other English cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.
Tel: 08457 225 010 (Groups)
Tel: 0870 010 4490 (Groups)

First ScotRail's Caledonian Sleeper is the overnight train service operating between London (Euston) and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Fort William every night Sunday-Friday (does not run on Saturday nights). Single and twin berth sleeping cabins are available and these provide a relaxing and convenient way to travel.

Lower fares are available on the seated coaches, which have reclining seats, footrests, tray tables, individual reading lights and air conditioning.

For discounted berth accommodation, visit First ScotRail's Bargain Berth facility where prices start from £19.00 one way, travel and berth included. Bargain Berths are only available to book online at

Sleeper reservations can be made at any mainline station in the UK, rail appointed travel agents, by calling First ScotRail Telesales on 08457 55 00 33 (Groups), or online at

Getting Around in Scotland

Rail journeys in Scotland aren't only quick and inexpensive, they take in some spectacular routes too. The West Highland Line through Fort William to Mallaig, and the routes from Stirling to Inverness and then on to Kyle of Lochalsh are especially picturesque. In fact, they are amongst the world's great journeys by train!

First ScotRail operates four services per hour between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street, with a journey-time of around 50 minutes. Other express services link Edinburgh and Glasgow with Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Scotland's rail network covers almost all major towns.

There are a number of incentive passes available offering special discount pricing. These include:
Freedom of Scotland Travelpass
This gives unlimited travel on all scheduled train services within Scotland, all Caledonian MacBrayne scheduled ferry services and various bus services operated by some of Scotland's leading bus companies. Discounts are also offered on other services. Certain restrictions

First ScotRail Area Rovers

Highland Rover
Unlimited rail travel between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban, and Fort William and Mallaig; Scottish Citylink bus travel between Oban, Fort William and Inverness; rail travel between Inverness and Wick, Thurso, Kyle of Lochalsh, Aberdeen, Aviemore and intermediate stations. Also included is ferry travel between Oban and Mull, and Mallaig and Skye, as well as bus travel on Mull and Skye. Certain restrictions apply.

Central Scotland Rover
Unlimited rail travel between Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Queen Street and various other towns in central Scotland. Unlimited travel on Glasgow Underground is also included within the price. Certain restrictions apply.

Freedom of Scotland Travelpass, Highland Rover and Central Scotland Rover tickets are available at all staffed rail stations, rail appointed travel agents, by calling First ScotRail telesales on 08457 55 00 33, or online at

Aberdeen Station is situated in the city centre with the main entrance/exit on Guild Street. Facilities include rail information/ticket desk, taxi rank and a bar.

Edinburgh: Waverley Station is the main rail station and is situated in the city centre off Waverley Bridge, a short walk to the main bus station in St Andrews Square. The Airlink buses (airport service) terminate on Waverley Bridge, but also call at Haymarket Station. Facilities include car hire, taxi rank, left luggage facilities, rail information/ticket desk, bars and food outlets.

Haymarket Station is situated at the west end of Edinburgh. Facilities include car hire opposite station, taxi rank, rail information/ticket desk and coffee bar.

Glasgow: Queen Street Station is near to Buchanan Street Bus Station where the bus from Glasgow Airport terminates. Facilities include taxi rank, rail information/ticket desk, bar and food outlets.

Central Station is also situated in the city centre, with the main entrance/exit off Gordon Street. Central station serves the west coast line travelling south towards Ayrshire and the Clyde coast. Facilities include car hire opposite station, taxi rank, hotel within concourse, rail information/ticket desk, travel agency, left luggage facilities, bar and food outlets.

Glasgow Prestwick Station is situated at the airport and is 33 miles (53kms) from Glasgow. Trains and coaches go to Glasgow every 30 minutes. Airport facilities include car hire, catering and shops. Passengers travelling through Glasgow Prestwick qualify for free or half price rail travel to anywhere in Scotland.

Perth Station is situated in the city centre with the main entrance/exit on Leonard Street. Facilities include rail information/ticket desk and taxi rank.

Stirling Station is situated in the city centre, with the main entrance/exit on Goosecroft Road. Facilities include rail information/ticket desk, coffee bar and a taxi rank in the station forecourt.

Dundee Station is situated in the city centre on South Union Street. Facilities include rail information/ticket desk, coffee bar and taxi rank.

Inverness Station is situated in the city centre on Academy Street. Facilities include a coffee bar, luggage trolleys and taxi rank.


Travel by Sea/Ferry to and within Scotland


There are frequent ferry services from the Continent to the north of England within easy reach of the Scottish Borders. Newcastle is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes by car from Edinburgh, and Hull is approximately 5 hours.


P&O Ferries: Zeebrugge - Hull Dover - Dunkirk
Tel: 08716 641 641 (groups)

DFDS Seaways: Dover - Dunkirk Group Bookings: 0871 522 9933


DFDS Seaways: Esbjerg - Harwich
Group Bookings: 0871 522 9933


There are several ferry companies operating frequent cross-channel services, including:

DFDS Seaways: Dover - Calais Group Bookings: 0871 522 9933

Brittany Ferries:
Caen - Portsmouth
St. Malo - Portsmouth
Cherbourg - Portsmouth
Cherbourg - Poole
Roscoff - Plymouth
Tel: 0871 244 1456

LD Lines:
Portsmouth - Le Havre
Newhaven - Dieppe
Dover - Calais
Tel: 0844 576 8836

Condor Ferries:
Portsmouth - Cherbourg
Weymouth - St. Malo
Poole - St. Malo Poole - Guernsey/Jersey Portsmouth - Guernsey/Jersey Weymouth - Guernsey/Jersey
Tel: 0845 609 1024

SeaFrance Ferries: Dover - Calais
Tel: 0844 2482 100

P&O Ferries: Dover - Calais
Tel: 08716 641 641 (groups)


P&O Ferries: Rotterdam - Hull
Tel: 08716 641 641 (groups)

DFDS Seaways: IJmuiden, Amsterdam - Newcastle
Group Bookings: 0871 522 9933

Stena Line: Hook of Holland - Harwich
Groups 10+: 08445 764 764


Britanny Ferries: Santander - Plymouth/Portsmouth
Tel: 0871 244 0744

P&O Ferries: Bilbao - Portsmouth
Tel: 08716 641 641 (groups)


Stena Line: Belfast - Stranraer (Cairnryan): up to 7 return crossings daily, Stena HSS fast ferry 1 hour 45 minutes and Superferry 3 hours 15 minutes. Belfast - Heysham Belfast - Liverpool
Tel: 08445 764 764 (Groups)
Bookings can be made through your local travel agent, or book online at:

P&O Irish Sea:
Larne - Cairnryan: 1 hour by P&O Express fast ferry. Operates March-October. 1 hour 45 minutes by European Causeway & European Highlander Superferries. Operates all year round.
Larne - Troon: under two hours by P&O Express Fast Ferry. Operates March-October.
Up to 20 crossings daily to Cairnryan and Troon.
Dublin - Liverpool Tel: 0871 66 44 999


Cairnryan is situated 4 miles to the north of Stranraer on the south west coast. There is a bus service to Stranraer for onward express city connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The port and town of Stranraer has onward links to the rest of Scotland by rail and coach. There are 5/6 train services a day to Ayr and Glasgow operated by First ScotRail.
Tel: 08457 55 00 33

Scottish Citylink offer a coach service
Tel: 08705 50 50 50

The local Tourist Information Centre is at 28 Harbour Street, Stranraer.
Tel: 01776 702595

Troon is 35 miles south-west of Glasgow and has a frequent train service to Glasgow Central Station operated by First ScotRail.
Tel: 08457 55 00 33

Getting Around Scotland

Scotland has 130 inhabited islands, so ferries are important. The islands can be divided into three main groups - the Inner Hebrides, the Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles), both off the west coast, and Orkney and Shetland to the north.


Caledonian MacBrayne sails to 24 destinations off the west coast and in the Firth of Clyde. Most ferries carry vehicles as well as passengers. Their main summer timetable operates from Easter to mid October and the winter timetable operates from October to March. For further information including details on Island Hopscotch(r) and Island Rover tickets contact:
Caledonian MacBrayne
Tel: 08000 66 5000

Vehicle reservations are advised and often obligatory, particularly at peak times. Caledonian MacBrayne and CalMac are trading names of CalMac Ferries Limited.


Western Ferries operate the shortest route to Dunoon, with a fast and frequent service between McInroy's Point (near Gourock) and Hunter's Quay (near Dunoon) on the Firth of Clyde.
Tel: 01369 704452


Firth of Lorn Ferry Services operates a passenger ferry over the 5 minutes trip between Islay (Port Askaig) and Jura (Feolin).
Tel: 01951 200320


The Highland Council operates a ferry between Ardgour and Nether Lochaber. The service runs daily and carries car and foot passengers (foot passengers are free of charge). Reservations are not necessary. For further information please contact the Highland Council on:
Tel: Lochaber Transport Forum - 01397 709 011.


Skye Ferry operates a service from Glenelg - Kylerhea from Easter to October. The 5 minute crossing starts at 1000 and operates as frequently as required until at least 1800 (1900 June, July and August).


Northlink Ferries: Scrabster - Stromness, Orkney: up to 3 return crossings Monday-Friday with 2 return crossings on Saturdays and Sundays. Peak season schedule - 3 crossings are available on Saturdays. Connecting bus service to Kirkwall.
Aberdeen - Kirkwall / Lerwick, Shetland: daily all year, via Orkney 4 times per week.

Sailing times:
Scrabster - Stromness: 1 hour 30 minutes
Aberdeen - Lerwick (direct): 12 hours 30 minutes
Lerwick - Aberdeen (direct): 12 hours
Aberdeen - Kirkwall: 5 hours 45 minutes
Kirkwall - Lerwick: 8 hours 15 minutes

Advance bookings are advisable.
Tel: 08456 000 449


John o' Groats Ferries operates a daily foot-passenger service, May-September, from John o' Groats to Burwick on Orkney. Crossing time is 40 minutes. The company also runs summer day tours from John o' Groats (May-September) and from Inverness (June-September) or take the "Orkney Bus" an express coach service from Inverness to Kirkwall every day from May - September.
Tel: 01955 611353

Orkney Ferries Ltd operate inter-island services between the various Orkney islands.
Tel: 01856 872044

Pentland Ferries operate a passenger and vehicle ferry crossing between Gills Bay near John o' Groats and St Margaret's Hope, Orkney. There are 3-4 sailings each day; crossing time is 1 hour.
Tel: 01856 831226


Shetland Islands Council publishes a comprehensive transport timetable covering all services to and within the islands. Inter-island ferry services are frequent and comparatively cheap, but advance booking for cars at peak times is advisable.
Lerwick Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 08701 999 440