There are 4 ways to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall by bus, taxi or car

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Bus via Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) 8S
  2. Take the bus from Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) to Kirkwall, Travel Centre X1 / ...

$11

Cheapest option

Bus  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre 8S / ...

$7

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Skara Brae to Kirkwall 17.7 miles

$45 - $60

Drive  •  28 min

  1. Drive from Skara Brae to Kirkwall 17.7 miles

$3 - $6

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The cheapest way to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall is to drive which costs £2 - £5 and takes 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall is to taxi which costs £35 - £45 and takes 28 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre and arriving at Kirkwall, Travel Centre. Services depart every four hours, and operate Saturday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 10 min.

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The distance between Skara Brae and Kirkwall is 15 miles. The road distance is 17.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall without a car is to bus which takes 1 h 7 min and costs £9.

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It takes approximately 1 h 7 min to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall, including transfers.

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Skara Brae to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Stagecoach Orkney, depart from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre station.

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Skara Brae to Kirkwall bus services, operated by Stagecoach Orkney, arrive at Kirkwall, Travel Centre station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Skara Brae to Kirkwall is 18 miles. It takes approximately 28 min to drive from Skara Brae to Kirkwall.

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There are 78+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Skara Brae to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 14.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 7 min

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

You can take a bus from Skara Brae to Kirkwall via Skara Brae, Visitor Centre and Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) in around 1 h 7 min.

Bus operators
Stagecoach Orkney
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre to Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Stromness, Travel Centre (Ferry Terminal) to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Skara Brae, Visitor Centre to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Skara Brae to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
28 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Orkney Taxis
Phone
+44 1856 875511
Website
orkneytaxis.co.uk
Craigies Taxis
Phone
+44 1856 878787
Website
craigiestaxis.co.uk

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