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Kirkwall is situated in the centre of the mainland of Orkney. It is two and-a-half miles from the airport, 15.5 miles from the Scrabster/Stromness Ferry Terminal, 17 miles from the short sea crossings from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope and John O’ Groats to Burrick, South Ronaldsay.

Stromness to Fairhaven, Kirkwall

Turn right when leaving Stromness pier. At the roundabout drive straight on, follow signs for Kirkwall (A965).

You will pass Stenness and Finstown villages, then Kirkwall Golf Course on your right as you approach Kirkwall (don’t take the road branching off to Hatston Industrial Estate).

Cross over 2 roundabouts, on the 3rd roundabout take a right turn into Junction Road. You will pass the Wireless Museum, Northlink Ferries Offices, the Post Office and Tullock’s Garage.

Turn left into Castle Street and then right at Broad Street, you will see St Magnus Cathedral.

Follow this road up the hill (Palace Road/Dundas Crescent/Bignold Park Road A960) past streets such as Clay Loan, Holm Branch Road, Eastdale Loan, all are on your right, and then Rope Walk. Fairhaven B & B (8 Rope Walk) is the 4th house on your left going down Rope Walk.

Hatston Ferry Terminal to Fairhaven

Turn left at top of ferry terminal, follow road through the Industrial Estate along the shore.

At the roundabout take 2nd left onto Pickaquoy Road (A963), past Coop, Tesco and Lidl.

Turn right at the roundabout onto Junction Road and then take the first left up the Clay Loan, turn right onto Bignold Park Road (A960), follow this road until you reach Rope Walk on your right.

Fairhaven B & B is the 4th house on your left.

St Margaret's Hope Ferry to Fairhaven, Kirkwall

Follow the road from the pier through St Margaret’s Hope village and up the hill. Turn left at the junction, signs for Kirkwall (A961).

On route you will cross the Churchill Barriers, pass Burray village, the Italian Chapel and St Mary’s Village in Holm (pronounced locally as Ham).

As you arrive in Kirkwall you will pass Highland Park Distillery. Then take the road branching off to the right, (Holm Branch Road), and then turn right into Eastdale Loan and at the top turn right, and then first right into Rope Walk.

Fairhaven B & B is the 4th house on your left.

Kirkwall Airport to Fairhaven, Kirkwall

From Kirkwall Airport, turn right and follow the main road (A960) into Kirkwall, approx 4 miles. As you reach Kirkwall you will pass Lynn Road and Watson Drive on your left followed by Rope Walk. We are the 4th house on the left.

Some Useful Information

Kirkwall Airport's website

There is a taxi rank, booking in advance is recommended to avoid waiting. Here are some numbers you can ring.

Craigie’s Taxi - (01856) 878787
Bob’s - (01856) 876543
Kirkwall - (01856) 876972

There is also a public bus service. These buses go directly past Fairhaven B & B. Please ask the driver to let you off at Fairhaven B & B, Rope Walk.