There are 7 ways to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall by ferry, bus, train or plane

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Ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 8 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 (Lairg Railway Station) 804
  3. Take the train from Lairg to Thurso
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$78 - $100

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Ferry, bus via Inverness, Marks and Spencer  •  12 h 47 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 961 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Marks and Spencer to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal X99
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$87 - $105

Ferry, bus  •  14 h 14 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal to Ullapool Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Durness, Post Office 804
  3. Take the bus from Durness, Post Office to Thurso, St Peters Church 803
  4. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$93 - $105

Ferry, bus to Inverness, fly to Kirkwall  •  7 h 39 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
  3. Fly from Inverness (INV) to Kirkwall (KOI) INV - KOI

$122 - $362

Fly Stornoway to Kirkwall  •  4 h 19 min

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

$217 - $957

Fly Stornoway to Wick, ferry  •  9 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Wick (WIC) SYY - WIC
  2. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal

$237 - $995

Fly Stornoway to Aberdeen, ferry  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Stornoway (SYY) to Aberdeen (ABZ) SYY - ABZ
  2. Take the ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal

$106 - $396

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall is to ferry and bus and train which costs £55 - £80 and takes 12 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall is to fly which costs £160 - £750 and takes 4 h 19 min.

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The distance between Stornoway and Kirkwall is 135 miles.

The best way to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall without a car is to ferry and bus and train which takes 12 h 8 min and costs £55 - £80.

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It takes approximately 12 h 8 min to get from Stornoway 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 78+ hotels available in Kirkwall. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Stornoway to Stornoway Airport is to bus which takes 9 min and costs £3.

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Map of how to get from Stornoway to Kirkwall.
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  • Distance: 135.2 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 8 min

What companies run services between Stornoway, Scotland and Kirkwall, Scotland?

Flybe and Loganair fly from Stornoway to Kirkwall once daily.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Inverness to Kirkwall
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $600
Flights from Stornoway to Kirkwall via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Stornoway to Wick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Stornoway to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$15 - $22
Anytime Day Single
$25 - $35
Bus operators
The Durness Bus
Phone
01971 511 223
Email
info@thedurnessbus.com
Website
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Lairg, Station (Lairg Railway Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Durness, Post Office
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
Bus from Durness, Post Office to Thurso, St Peters Church
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
thedurnessbus.com
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
D + E Coaches
Phone
01463 222 444
Email
info@decoaches.co.uk
Website
decoaches.co.uk
Bus from Ullapool, Ferry Terminal to Inverness, Marks and Spencer (Monument)
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
decoaches.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
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 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$18 - $22
Peak
$22 - $26
Ferry from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal to Hatston, Kirkwall Orkney Hatston Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
northlinkferries.co.uk
Low
$25 - $31
Peak
$35 - $45

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