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There are several ways to get to the space, but unless you’re travelling light, all methods will probably involve a car. There is no car hire or public transport on the island, although a pick up from the ferry can be arranged.


Drive up the A9 from Inverness to Gills Bay (near John O Groats) where you can take a car ferry to St Margaret’s Hope (South Ronaldsey on the Orkney Mainland). The journey takes just over an hour and then it's a 25 min drive to the small port of Tingwall where you board another ferry to Rousay for a final journey of 20 minutes. Alternatively you can take a ferry from Scrabster on the Scottish mainland, to Stromness and then a drive to Tingwall (approx 1.5 hours) Another route is Aberdeen to Kirkwall (this ferry arrives in Orkney late at night so you won't get to Rousay until the following day. Still, you get to spend the night in the lovely town of Kirkwall)

Pentland Ferries

Northlink Ferries

Orkney Ferries

Whatever your route, our advice is to take your time if you can, and enjoy your trip. An overnight stop en route in Perth or the Highlands will make a lunchtime crossing to Orkney easier and more pleasant than a frantic 15 hour dash from the South of England.


Flybe operate flights to Kirkwall (Orkney’s main town) from London (City or Gatwick) via Aberdeen or direct from Glasgow, Edinburgh & Inverness. We warn you now - no flights here are cheap, in fact they are generally pretty extortionate. Car hire is available at the airport, and a bus service operates to Kirkwall Town, and then another bus takes you to the ferry terminal at Tingwall.


East Coast Railway operates a service to Aberdeen (then take the ferry to Kirkwall) or ScotRail trains run from Inverness to Thurso and then you take a connecting bus to Gill’s Bay for the ferry to St Margarets Hope.