TRAVEL - WHERE TO STAY
There is a lot to see in the Pentland Firth
area from the coastline of Caithness or the southern end of the Orkney
Islands. The wild weather with is amazing contrasts from wonderful sunny
days to the freshest breezes (or gales) depending on when you come. The
summer months are mainly calmer and most boat trips or ferry trips are over
relatively calm water. You will of a huge variety of sea birds
either on the boat trips or around the cliffs or beaches. Both sides of
the Pentland Firth have their share of rugged cliffs with many vantage points
easily accessible to transport of all forms. If you are reasonably fit
there are many places to walk around parts of the coast or stroll along the
quiet beaches - a few do even swim. So here is some information to help
you get to experience The Pentland Firth.
Cliffs & Stacs
Take a browse through the
other parts of
Orkney Web Site
Getting to The Pentland Firth
By Road from the south the main route is up the A9
which splits at Latheron continuing to Thurso or the coastal route to Wick the
AA Route Planner to get detailed directions from any place in the UK
to places in Caithness or Orkney and print them out at home before you
here to see a Map of the roads in Caithness & Orkney
By Bus The
Orkney Bus From Inverness John
O'Groat Ferry Company
Scrabster New Pier Development Opening in 2003
Every Day from May to 2
By Rail - Links in the UK are via Glasgow,
Edinburgh and then to Inverness and on to Wick or Thurso.
UK information page for Rail travel and booking links.
By Air -STravel To Caithness and The North
Sea over Pentland Firth
From 1st April 2003 will be
operating our full licence and will be able to take 250 passengers and 47 cars
Ferries is the latest company to take passengers and vehicles over
the Pentland Firth. Using the route from their new pier at Gills in
Caithness to St Margaret's Hope. Able to carry 47 cars and 249 passengers
this is a quicker route that the one from Scrabster. Single fare is £10
passenger £25 Car. Child 5 - 16 £5. check the web site for other
telephone 01856 831226
Orkney and Shetland Ferries
Ferries run regularly from Scrabster Harbour outside Thurso to Stromness in
Orkney. The main operator is Northlink
Northlink now runs the ferry route from Scrabster to Stromness having taken over
from P & O whio used to run the OLA.
Check out Caithness.org
Ferry pages to see the ferries and links to the
ferry operator web sites.
A shorter crossing runs
from John O'Groats for foot passengers only in the summer months -
Tours From John O'Groats to Orkney
all summer from 1st May to 30th September. The tour ferry also takes passengers
intending to travel on their own in Orkney by car or bus.
Places To Stay Links
Business Pages Tourist Section
Head Area one of the
headlands of Caithness has its own unique features and many places to stay.
Most places to stay in Caithness are near the coast and the
farthest away are only 10 - 20 minutes drive away.
Tourist Board Information
Caithness Pictures In A to Z