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Getting there & away

The airport (886210) is 2.5 miles east of the town centre.

Bus 1 runs direct from Kirkwall to Stromness (40 minutes, hourly, four Sunday); bus 2 runs to Orphir and Houton (20 minutes, four or five Monday to Saturday); and there are also buses from Kirkwall to Stromness via Birsay (one hour).

Bus 6 runs from Kirkwall to Tingwall (30 minutes, three to five daily Monday to Saturday) and the ferry to Rousay, and on to Evie (40 minutes, four daily Monday to Saturday).

From May to September, bus 10A runs between Kirkwall and the John o’Groats ferry at Burwick (40 minutes, two to five daily). From May to September, a special tourist service (bus 8A) runs twice daily Monday to Friday between Kirkwall and Stromness via Stenness standing stones, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae.