Flybe offers flights to Kirkwall, Orkney from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Sumburgh. Air service is operated by Loganair.
By Boat from Scottish Mainland
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 Tuesday*, 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.
John O'Groats to Burwick, South Ronaldsay. 40-minute sailings offered 7 days a week from 1 May to 30 September only.
Service provided by John O'Groats Ferry. Approx. 45 minute drive to Kirkwall from Burwick.
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.