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There are 4 ways to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands by ferry, bus, train or plane

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Recommended option

Ferry, bus  •  11 h 6 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station 61 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2

Cheapest option

Fly to Kirkwall  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Kirkwall (KOI) SYY - KOI

$210 - $950

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 20 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station 804
  3. Take the train from Lairg to Thurso
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

Fly to Inverness, bus  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Inverness (INV) SYY - INV
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Kirkwall, Travel Centre

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The cheapest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to fly which costs £160 - £750 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands is to fly which costs £160 - £750 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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The distance between Isle of Lewis and Orkney Islands is 134 miles.

The best way to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 11 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 11 h 6 min to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Stornoway Airport to Kirkwall Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Flybe and Loganair offer flights from Stornoway Airport to Kirkwall Airport.

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There are 78+ hotels available in Orkney Islands. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Isle of Lewis to Stornoway Airport is to bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands.
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  • Distance: 134.1 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 6 min

What companies run services between Isle of Lewis, Scotland and Orkney Islands, Scotland?

Loganair and Flybe fly from Isle of Lewis to Orkney Islands 3 times a day.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Stornoway to Inverness
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $390
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Lairg to Thurso
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
citylink.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
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
The Durness Bus
Phone
01971 511 223
Email
info@thedurnessbus.com
Website
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Ferry operators
Caledonian MacBrayne
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 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$21 - $25

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