Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney Mainland: 90-minute sailings offered 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Service provided by Northlink Ferries . Approx. 30 minute drive to Kirkwall from Stromness.
Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Orkney Mainland: 6-hour sailing offered Tuesdays*, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Service provided by Northlink Ferries . No Kirkwall call from 1 Jan - 31 Mar & 1 Nov - 31 Dec.
Gill's Bay to St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay. 60-minute sailings offered 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Service provided by Pentland Ferries . Approx. 35 minute drive to Kirkwall from St Margaret's Hope.
The Orkney Bus, ☎ +44 1955 611 353, . Daily: 1 May to 30 Sept. 40-minute ferry from John O'Groats to Burwick £30 return. To go from John O'Groats with a connection to Kirkwall is £32 return. Day tour from [Inverness] is £65edit
Awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1999, the ''Heart of Neolithic Orkney'' includes:
Skara Brae, 30km west of Kirkwall , the best-preserved prehistoric village in Western Europe, inhabited before the pyramids of Egypt were built. 2009 Admission: adult £6.70, child £3.35, concessions £5.30. Prices include admission to Skaill House April to September. Admission to Skara Brae reduced October to March.
Maeshowe, 14km west of Kirkwall , finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe, which contains the best collection of Viking runes outside Scandinavia. Advance booking required. 2009 Admission*: adult £5.20, child £2.60, concessions £4.20
Ring of Brodgar, 16km west of Kirkwall , amazing stone circle with henge ditch. Free admission.
Standing Stones of Stenness,  one of the oldest stone circles in Britain. Free admission.
Orkney's World Heritage site also includes a number of unexcavated burial, ceremonial and settlement sites.