By Sea

Regular car ferries operated by Northlink run on routes between Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick, and Scrabster-Stromness.


Another car ferry operated by Pentland Ferries runs on a route between Gill's Bay (Caithness) and St Margaret's Hope (Orkney Mainland).


A ferry for foot passengers only operated by John O'Groats Ferries runs on a route between John O' Groats and Burwick (Orkney Mainland).


 Orkney Ferries operate various inter-island services.


By Air

Regular 'plane services between Orkney (Kirkwall airport) and the UK mainland are operated by Loganair. If you are travelling from any of the major British airports or from abroad, it may be advisable to book all UK flights with British Airways, which guarantees all connections.


During the summer months FlyBe also operate flights between Kirkwall and Bergen, should you feel inclined to visit Norway for a few days.


Loganair operate various Inter-Island flights within the archipelago, including the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world - between Westray and Papa Westray!


By Bus

Stagecoach operate regular buses across the UK, with a route running between Inverness and Scrabster ferry terminal.


Rapsons operate a restricted bus service between Thurso rail station and Scrabster ferry terminal (if the bus times do not suit, you are advised to book a taxi in advance for this 2-mile journey).


These is an express bus from Inverness to the John O'Groats ferry terminal.


By Train

Scotrail operate services to Aberdeen, where the train station is a short walk from the ferry terminal. Trains also run to Inverness, for the express bus to the John O'Groats ferry, and as far north as Thurso, from whence there is a bus link to the Scrabster ferry terminal.



Please note, entering only our postcode into your satnav or smartphone will eventually take you a few miles in the wrong direction! Once you reach the top of the Warbeth Road (this is signposted), please follow the directions below.




From Stromness Ferry Terminal


By Car (approx. 5 minutes)

Turn right out of the Northlink ferry terminal. Continue along Ferry Road to the North End roundabout (passing the Co-op on your left). Take the 1st exit, signposted to the Town Centre and bearing round to the left. After several 100 yards, turn right up hill rather than straight on into the town - this is Back Road but is signedposted in brown: tent/caravan/Ness. Continue on the Back Road until you reach a mini roundabout. Take the 2nd exit signposted Outertown Road. Follow the Outertown Road. Take the 3rd road on the left signposted Warbeth (just past a red post box on your right). Follow the road between two buildings and down the hill. At the 4th Passing Place sign the road will bear left. Turn right along the track, and you have found us!


By Foot (approx. 30 minutes, with steep hills) or Bike (approx. 10 minutes)

Follow the driving directions above.


Turn left out of the ferry terminal. Follow the street through Stromness. Turn right up Hellihole. Bear round to the right and follow the road until you reach a Give Way sign. Turn right, walk 100 yards to arrive at the mini-roundabout. Walk straight across to the Outertown Road. Follow the driving directions above.



From Kirkwall Airport


By Car (approx. 30 minutes)

Follow all signs to Stromness. Arriving at the North End roundabout take the exit for the Town Centre. Follow the driving directions above.



Public Transport


There are easy transport links (bus, taxi) between Kirkwall and Stromness, but no public transport links between Stromness and the Glebe.


Stromness has a small taxi service Brass's Taxis,+44 1856 850750.


If given sufficient notice, we are also happy to arrange pick-up from the Stromness Ferry Terminal.


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