EDAY IS ONE OF THE NORTH ISLES - a ferry ride away from the main island (mainland Orkney). It’s worth stopping over on mainland Orkney to see some of the archaeological sites and other tourist destinations if you have time.


Getting to mainland Orkney

The quickest way of getting to Eday is flying by Lognair from either Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or Aberdeen. You can pick up a hire car at the airport. You can also fly to Kirkwall from Shetland.

By train
The nearest station to Orkney is Thurso on mainland Scotland, connecting from Inverness. There is a bus connection to Scrabster where you can get the ferry to Stromness (Serco NorthLink)

By coach
Citylink runs coaches to Aberdeen and Scrabster to link up with the ferries.

By car
The A9 from Inverness is a scenic drive – but allow enough time if you’re catching a ferry. It can take 3+ hours.

By ferry
From Aberdeen you can get the ferry to Kirkwall (Serco NorthLink). The ferry goes on to Shetland.
From Scrabster to Stromness on mainland Orkney (Serco NorthLink).
Gills Bay between Thurso and Wick - crossing to St Margaret’s Hope on mainland Orkney (Pentland Ferries).
Foot passengers in the summer (May to September) can take the ferry from John O’Groats to South Ronaldsay.


Getting to Eday from mainland Orkney


The ferry terminal for the North Isles is near the main shopping area in Kirkwall.
The local ferry is run by Orkney Ferries and it's an hour and a quarter crossing to Eday. The journey is very scenic as the ferry passes some of the other islands, including Shapinsay and Stronsay. Cars have to be pre-booked but foot passengers can just walk on.

There is a weekly flight from Kirkwall to Eday (Wednesdays) run by Loganair – but it’s often booked up with teachers, school children and people on island business.




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