There are 5 ways to get from Fort William to Kirkwall by bus, ferry, train or plane

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Bus, ferry  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station 919 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$79 - $92

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Bus, train, ferry  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station 919 / ...
  2. Take the train from Inverness to Wick
  3. Take the ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal Jg1

Bus to Inverness, fly  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
  2. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Kirkwall (KOI) INV - KOI

$114 - $350

Bus to Glasgow, fly  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Belford Hospital (Fort William Hospital) to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport)
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Kirkwall (KOI) GLA - KOI

$126 - $324

Bus, train to Edinburgh, fly  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Pitlochry, Fishers Hotel
  2. Take the train from Pitlochry to Edinburgh Gateway
  3. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI

$152 - $340

Questions & Answers

The distance between Fort William and Kirkwall is 170 miles.

The best way to get from Fort William to Kirkwall without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 10 h 2 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 10 h 2 min to get from Fort William to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Inverness Airport to Kirkwall Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Inverness Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 76+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Fort William to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 170.2 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 2 min

What companies run services between Fort William, Scotland and Kirkwall, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Fort William to Kirkwall. However, you can take the bus to Inverness, Bus Station, take the walk to Inverness, Marks and Spencer, take the bus to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal), then take the bus to Kirkwall, Travel Centre. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Fort William to Kirkwall via Inverness, Bus Station, Inverness, Wick, Wick, Bus Terminal, John o' Groats, Car Park, John O' Groats Ferry Terminal, and Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal in around 11 h 5 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $600
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Pitlochry to Edinburgh Gateway
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$23 - $29
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Belford Hospital (Fort William Hospital) to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport)
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Shiel Buses
Website
shielbuses.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$21
Website
shielbuses.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Fishers Tours of Dundee
Phone
01382 227290
Email
enquiries@fisherstours.co.uk
Website
fisherstours.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Pitlochry, Fishers Hotel
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
fisherstours.co.uk
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Ferry from John O' Groats Ferry Terminal to Burwick Sth Ronaldsay Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk

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