Frequently Asked Questions
Travel and Accommodation
How can I get to the island?
There are daily flights (Kirkwall Airport) and a twice-weekly ferry service to North Ronaldsay from mainland Orkney.

There are various ways to get to Mainland Orkney, with frequent flights from major cities to Kirkwall Airport, and a ferry service from Thurso, Gills Bay or Aberdeen.


The following links will help you  plan your journey:


Flights from Scottish cities and within Orkney:


Ferries from Scotland (Aberdeen or Thurso) to Orkney:

Ferries within Orkney: 

Trains on Scotland mainland:




John O'Groats passenger ferry to South Ronaldsay and bus between

Inverness and Kirkwall:

Pentland Ferry from Gills Bay to St Mary's Hope:


Trains and buses run between all the major cities in Scotland.

A taxi is recommended between Thurso centre and the ferry terminal

at Scrabster Bay.


NB: Not all possible routes are listed for the sake of clarity.

  • Where can I stay?


There are a number of accommodation options on North Ronaldsay from camping, Bed & Breakfast at the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Guest Rooms and Hostel, and self-catering Lighthouse Keepers Cottages. 

For a full list of private rental properties click here: