Transport & Travel

Complimentary Shuttle Bus Service

A shuttle bus service will operate from the Hatston Cruise Ship Berth to The Kirkwall Travel Centre which is located a 2 minute walk from the main shopping area. The service operates on a revolving basis from the time your ship arrives in port commencing at 0800hrs or if later, at the time of your arrival. The last shuttle normally operates from town 45 minutes prior to the scheduled cruise ship departure time. Please check shuttle operating times with your ship staff and with the Meet & Greet staff at the point of arrival.

Travelling Out of Town

There are a great many sights to visit outwith the towns and bus services regularly pass some of the main sites. Taxis will be happy to take you to any of the destinations you desire and some would even be reachable by cycle hire.

View the Bus Route X1 Timetable for buses from Kirkwall towards Finstown and Stromness or St Margarets Hope.

The chart below gives distances from Kirkwall to help you plan your own visit to some of the bigger attractions in Orkney.

DestinationFrom Kirkwall
Standing Stones of Stenness11m17.7km
Ring of Brodgar12m19.3km
Skara Brae & Skaill House17m27.3km
Brough of Birsay20.5m33km
Corrigall Farm Museum13m21km
Kirbuster Farm Museum17m27.3km
Broch of Gurness16m25.7km
Churchill Barriers7.5m12km
Italian Chapel8m12.9km
Orkney Fossil Centre10.6m17km
St Margaret’s Hope15m24.1km
Tomb of the Eagles22m35.4km