There are 4 ways to get from Inverness to Skara Brae by bus, ferry, train or plane

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Bus, ferry  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$61 - $68

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Train, ferry  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Thurso
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$69 - $86

Fly from Inverness, bus  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Kirkwall (KOI) INV - KOI
  2. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre

$109 - $339

Train to Aberdeen, fly, bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the train from Inverness to Dyce
  2. Fly from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Kirkwall (KOI) ABZ - KOI
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre

$119 - $276

Questions & Answers

The distance between Inverness and Skara Brae is 114 miles.

The best way to get from Inverness to Skara Brae without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 7 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 35 min to get from Inverness to Skara Brae, 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 63+ hotels available in Skara Brae. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Inverness to Inverness Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Inverness to Skara Brae.
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  • Distance: 113.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 35 min

What companies run services between Inverness, Scotland and Skara Brae, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Inverness to Skara Brae. However, you can 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), take the bus to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre, then take the walk to Skara Brae. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Inverness to Skara Brae via Thurso, Thurso, Miller Academy (Station Hotel), Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, Scrabster Ferry Terminal, Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal), and Skara Brae, Visitor Centre in around 8 h 46 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 Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Aberdeen to Kirkwall via Lerwick
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Inverness to Thurso
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $55
Train from Inverness to Dyce
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$29 - $40
Bus operators
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
Stagecoach Orkney
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10
Website
stagecoachbus.com
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

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