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Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Orkney Islands?

You should plan to spend around $161 (£128) per day on your vacation in Orkney Islands. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $42 (£34) on meals
  • $70 (£56) on local transportation
  • $151 (£120) on hotels

A one week trip to Orkney Islands for two people costs, on average, $2,251 (£1,794). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Orkney Islands cost?

A one week trip to Orkney Islands usually costs around $1,125 (£897) for one person and $2,251 (£1,794) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Orkney Islands on average costs around $2,251 (£1,794) for one person and $4,502 (£3,588) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Orkney Islands will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Orkney Islands on average costs around $4,823 (£3,844) for one person and $9,647 (£7,688) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Orkney Islands has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Orkney Islands expensive to visit?

Prices in Orkney Islands are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Orkney Islands is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Genoa or Pompeii.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Orkney Islands Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Orkney Islands?

The average Orkney Islands trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Orkney Islands travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) £120 ($151)
Local Transportation 1 £56 ($70)
Food 2 £34 ($42)
Entertainment 1 £27 ($34)
Alcohol 2 £3 - 10 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Orkney Islands
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Orkney Islands is $75 (£60). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Orkney Islands is $151 (£120). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Orkney Islands

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Transportation Budget in Orkney Islands
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Orkney Islands is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $70 (£56) per person, per day, on local transportation in Orkney Islands.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Orkney Islands
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Rental Cars in Orkney Islands
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Food Budget in Orkney Islands
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Orkney Islands can vary, the average cost of food in Orkney Islands is $42 (£34) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Orkney Islands should cost around $17 (£13) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Orkney Islands is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Orkney Islands
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  • Entertainment and activities in Orkney Islands typically cost an average of $34 (£27) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Orkney Islands
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  • The average person spends about $8.07 (£6.43) on alcoholic beverages in Orkney Islands per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Orkney Islands on a Budget
Orkney Islands Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
The Orkney Islands are located off the north coast of mainland Scotland, offering incredible sights and activities set against the Atlantic Ocean. Having been inhabited for over 5,000 years, Orkney is an archaeologist's dream as ancient relics are discovered all the time, meaning there are endless places for tourists to explore. The best time to visit Orkney is from May-October, when temperatures tend to stay between 50-65° Fahrenheit and rainfall is at it's lowest. Although, with their location on the sea, rain and heavy winds are very common, so be sure to always have waterproof clothing and shoes around!
Begin exploring Orkney with a trip to Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village that was only discovered in 1850 after a major storm opened up the site. There is a path that overlooks Skara Brae where you can admire the ancient stone work then wander through the replica of the village at the Skara Brae Museum. At the museum, book a tour for Maeshowe, a 5,000-year-old burial cairn. Once inside of Maeshowe, marvel at the perfectly engineered architecture and the 900-year-old Norse graffiti carved into the stones. Near Maeshowe is the Ring of Brodgar, an ancient stone circle which originally had 60 stones, although only 36 remain today. As the site has not been fully excavated, it is still a mystery as to what exactly the ring was used for.

Also, one of the most visited sights in the area is the Roman Catholic Italian Chapel, constructed by prisoners of war during World War II. It is said to be one of the most beautiful churches in Europe, and shouldn't be missed.
Orkney has over 70 islands that are divided between the North Isles, Mainland, and South Isles. As only 20 of the islands are inhabited, with a total population of around 11,000 people, there are some islands that are of more interest to tourists than others. The main island of interest is Mainland Orkney, home to the capital city, Kirkwall. This is one of the best places to set up base when traveling Orkney as it offers plenty of accommodation and restaurants. Key cities on the Mainland include Stromness and St. Margaret's Hope, both of which are ferry ports to enter Orkney through.

Other major islands include Hoy, Rousay, and Westray. Hoy is home to the famous sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy, which you can reach from the North Hoy ferry point. Rousay is a beautiful island with much historical significance; you'll find ruins, cairns, and artifacts that go all the back to the Neolithic Period. Finally, there is Westray, another historically important island that features a lovely lighthouse and the 15th century Lady Kirk Church.

Orkney is ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities, including scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, and cycling. For a scenic hike, head to the Old Man of Hoy, a sea stack located on the northern part of Hoy Island. The six-mile hike to the sea stack begins at the North Hoy ferry point and traces through the beautiful landscape to the cliff side. You can either admire the sea stack from the cliff, or wander down the natural steps to the base. If you prefer a more leisurely walk, head to the Brough of Birsay where you use a causeway that's only accessible at low tide to walk to the small island of Birsay. You can walk the entirety of the island, stopping at the lighthouse and Neolithic settlement on your way around. Just be sure to watch the water levels as the sea covers the causeway during high tide.
Food and Dining
Orkney's food culture places a strong emphasis on using locally grown produce and meat, especially beef and North Ronaldsay lamb. Seafood is also very popular on the island, especially hand-dived scallops, lobster, and crab. There are a few distilleries on Orkney, including The Scapa Distillery and Orkney Brewery, where you can get incredible whisky. For the most restaurant options, look to the city of Kirkwall where you'll find the fantastic Kirkwall Hotel Restaurant and the delicious The Reel.

To get into Orkney, you can take a domestic flight from mainland Scotland to Kirkwall or take a ferry from mainland Scotland. The two major ferry companies are Pentland Ferries and Northlink Ferries, both of which are car ferries so you can easily bring your car onto the island.

One of the easiest ways to get around Orkney is by car as attractions on the island are spaced fairly far apart. If you need to rent a car, you'll likely find cheaper prices and more options if you rent it from mainland Scotland, then ferry the car over to Orkney. If you prefer not to drive, you can use the local bus service which ranges in cost depending on how far you ride. Outside of Kirkwall and Stromness, there aren't many designated bus stops, meaning you just flag down the bus when you see if in smaller villages!


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.