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

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Bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station 919 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

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Bus, ferry  •  10h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inshes, Raigmore Hospital 513
  2. Take the bus from Inshes, Raigmore Hospital to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  3. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$43 - $59

3 alternative options

Bus to Inverness, fly  •  5h 5m

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

$109 - $348

Bus to Glasgow, fly  •  5h 38m

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

$121 - $319

Train, bus to Edinburgh, fly  •  8h 2m

  1. Take the train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  3. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Kirkwall (KOI) EDI - KOI

$143 - $336

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Fort William to Kirkwall is to bus and ferry which costs £30 - £50 and takes 10h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Fort William to Kirkwall is to bus and fly which costs £80 - £270 and takes 5h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Fort William station to Kirkwall. However, there are services departing from Fort William, Bus Station and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre via Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 50m.

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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 which takes 7h 50m and costs .

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It takes approximately 7h 50m to get from Fort William to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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Fort William to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Fort William, Bus Station.

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

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Fort William to Kirkwall bus services, operated by John O'Groats Ferries, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Loganair offers flights from Inverness Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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Map of how to get from Fort William to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 170.2 miles
  • Duration: 7h 50m

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

You can take a bus from Fort William to Kirkwall via Inverness, Bus Station in around 7h 50m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $600
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $650
Flights from Glasgow to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $800
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$19 - $28
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
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
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Yacht Club to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Shiel Buses
Website
shielbuses.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
shielbuses.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Inshes, Raigmore Hospital
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
shielbuses.co.uk
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inshes, Raigmore Hospital to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
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
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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