About Orkney and how to get here

Egilsay beach

Orkney consists of a group of 70 islands off the North Coast of Scotland, of which around 20 are inhabited. The islands are on the same latitude as Anchorage, Stockholm and St Petersburg. At midsummer, the sun barely sets.

The islands are famous for their archaeological sites, with a World Heritage Site around the neolithic village of Skara Brae, the stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar and the tomb of Maeshowe.

Orkney only became part of Scotland in 1468 and before that was a Viking Earldom which gave us the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral: the spiritual home of the Festival.

St Magnus Cathedral

Orkney's natural heritage is second to none with major colonies of seabirds and seals, empty beaches and, at midsummer, a profusion of wild flowers.

Travelling to Orkney

By air

There are a number of daily connections to Kirkwall Airport operated by our major sponsor Loganair, from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Shetland, as well as twice weekly flights from Bergen. These services link with flights operated by Flybe and British Airways and can be booked via their websites.

By ferry

NorthLink Ferries operate car ferry sailings from Aberdeen and Scrabster (near Thurso) whilst Pentland Ferries cross from Gills Bay (near John O'Groats).

Festival Patrons and Benefactors are entitled to discount ferry fares with Northlink Ferries. More details here

John O'Groats Ferries offer a passenger only service with a package bus ticket from and to Inverness.

Travel in Orkney

You can travel between the Orkney Islands with Orkney Ferries and around the Mainland of Orkney with Stagecoach.

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Some useful Orkney links:

tourism site

a wide range of orkney info 

Orkney history and folklore

Orkney Food & Drink
produce and places to eat

The Orcadian
local newspaper

BBC Radio Orkney
local radio

bus timetables

Orkney Ferries
internal ferry services

voluntary organisations,
events and image library

30% Travel Discount with Northlink Ferries from Aberdeen or Scrabster

Patrons and Benfactors can enjoy a discount on travel to Orkney. For full details on how to support the Festival and receive this benefit see the Support page

St Magnus International Festival, 13 Albert Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HP

T: +44 (0)1856 871445

E: info@stmagnusfestival.com

St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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