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There are 2 ways to get from Thurso to Skara Brae by ferry or bus

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Ferry  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal Nl1

$20 - $28

1 alternative option

Bus  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park 80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre Jg2
  3. Take the bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre 8S / ...

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The cheapest way to get from Thurso to Skara Brae is to ferry which costs £15 - £22 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Thurso to Skara Brae is to ferry which costs £15 - £22 and takes 3h 57m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Thurso to Skara Brae. However, there are services departing from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church and arriving at Skara Brae, Visitor Centre via John o' Groats, Car Park and Kirkwall, Travel Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 51m.

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The distance between Thurso and Skara Brae is 32 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Skara Brae without a car is to ferry which takes 3h 57m and costs £15 - £22.

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It takes approximately 3h 57m to get from Thurso to Skara Brae, including transfers.

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Thurso to Skara Brae bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, depart from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church station.

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Thurso to Skara Brae bus services, operated by Stagecoach Orkney, arrive at Skara Brae, Visitor Centre station.

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There are 62+ hotels available in Skara Brae. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Skara Brae.
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  • Distance: 32.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 57m

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

You can take a bus from Thurso to Skara Brae via John o' Groats, Car Park, Kirkwall, Travel Centre, and Skara Brae, Visitor Centre in around 5h 51m.

Bus operators
Stagecoach Highlands
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Thurso, Sir Georges Street Church to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
Stagecoach Highlands
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from John o' Groats, Car Park to Kirkwall, Travel Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Stagecoach Orkney
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kirkwall, Travel Centre to Skara Brae, Visitor Centre
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Stagecoach Orkney
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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