Getting to North Ronaldsay

By Air

Subsidised Loganair flights from Kirkwall operate daily and are the most used method of travelling from Mainland Orkney to North Ronaldsay. The flight takes about 15 minutes and takes in stunning views of several islands. Detailed information, contact details and timetables can be found on the Loganair website at

By Sea

The scheduled ferry from Kirkwall operates on Tuesdsays and Fridays in summer, but it is advisable to check the afternoon before the sailing because rescheduling due to the weather and tides is not uncommon. A number of Sunday excursion sailings also operate in the summer. More information can be found on the Orkney Ferries website at


Small boats may be chartered and can be a reasonably economic alternative for larger parties, though the landing at North Ronaldsay pier is sometimes difficult.

Getting to Orkney

There are many alternative ways of travelling to Orkney, depending on preferred methods and budget. Air connections are available from anywhere in Britain arriving in Kirkwall to connect with same day flights out to the island. There are vehicle ferries from Aberdeen, Thurso (Scrabster) and Gills Bay, and a summer passenger ferry from John o' Groats.

Northlink Ferries run the Scrabster - Stromness and Aberdeen - Kirkwall ferries. Information and timetables can be found at

Pentland Ferries operate the Gills Bay - South Ronaldsay ferry:

Wick and Thurso have railway stations; Wick, Thurso and John o' Groats have coach connections and cars can be left at the ferry terminals or airport if desired.