By Ferry (on foot or with car)
The Northlink ferry sails between Scrabster and Stromness a number of times a day depending on the time of year. The crossing takes about 90 minutes. It brings you right into Stromness a matter of a few minutes walk from 1 Gray's Noust and a couple of minutes drive to Ahint-the-Lang.
Northlink are taking bookings now for non-essential travel from 26th April.
By Ferry (with bus or with car)
The Alfred sails from Gill's Bay to St. Margaret's Hope in the south of Orkney. The crossing takes about an hour and the beautiful drive up through the middle of the island and over the famous Churchill Barriers also takes about an hour. For foot passengers there is a regular bus service from St Margaret's Hope.
Flights to Orkney are with Loganair from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Manchester to the utterly charming Kirkwall Airport (KOI).
A taxi from the airport to Stromness will cost in the region of £40 and take about half an hour.
Car Hire can be arranged to meet you at the Airport.
A truly stunning and exciting way to reach Stromness is by taking the train from Inverness to Thurso, short taxi from Thurso to Scrabster then onwards by ferry. (If you click on the link above be sure to scroll down the landing page to the 'ferry' section where you will find the all-in train-taxi-ferry package).The train journey time is about 3hrs 50mins and the scenery is jaw-droppingly lovely for the entire trip. Click here for a taster of what you might see.