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Car Hire from Orkney Kirkwall Airport

Car Hire from Orkney Kirkwall Airport

Orkney Kirkwall Airport is the main airport serving the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The archipelago consists of around 70 islands, many of them accessible by car. Hiring a car from Orkney Kirkwall Airport means you can explore the islands at your own pace, discovering dramatic coastline, ancient ruins and historic port towns.

Where to hire a car at Orkney Kirkwall Airport

W R Tullock and Drive Orkney are the only companies providing a car hire service from Orkney Kirkwall Airport. Both cars and vans are available and the airport advises passengers to book in advance. The companies provide a complimentary meet and greet service so you’ll need to give them details of your flight before travelling.

Petrol Stations near Orkney Kirkwall Airport

If you have hired a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to fill the tank before returning it. The closest petrol station to Orkney Kirkwall Airport is located in the town of Kirkwall, about 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s located on the A963, just before it reaches the A965.

Driving around Orkney Kirkwall Airport

The A960 is the main road running to and from the airport. It heads southeast towards Orkney and northwest towards Kirkwall. From Kirkwall it’s easy to pick up routes like the A961 heading south to Holm and the A965 heading east towards Finstown and Stromness.

Roads around Orkney Kirkwall Airport are well-maintained and well-signposted. Off the main A-roads, roads can be narrow and winding so allow plenty of time for your journey. Cars are permitted on many of the ferry services between the islands but it’s worth checking before you travel.

Getting to your destination

When you hire a car from Orkney Kirkwall Airport, you’ll find lots of interesting destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:


Kirkwall is the Orkney archipelago’s capital. It was founded back in 1035 and boasts an impressive sandstone cathedral, believed to be the finest example of medieval architecture in the north of Scotland. Visitors can also explore the Bishop’s Palace or the Earl’s Palace and enjoy the hubbub of this transport centre and market town.

Kirkwall town is a 10 minute drive from Orkney Kirkwall Airport, taking the A960 northwest. Parking around the town is free for the first hour at a number of car parks including the ones at Albert Street and at Castle Street. You’ll still need to get a ticket, even if you’re staying for less than hour. Drivers parking beyond the free period will be charged at around £1 per hour.


Stromness is a historic fishing port with winding old town streets and a unique atmosphere. It is the main ferry port on Orkney Island and has a great maritime history. The 18th century town is home to quaint architecture, lots of shops and cafés and the Stromness Museum, where visitors can learn more about the area’s history. There’s also the Pier Arts Centre for performances and exhibitions.

It takes 30 minutes to drive from Orkney Kirkwall Airport to Stromness, taking the road to Kirkwall and then picking up the A965. Both paid and free parking is available around the town, with the Ferry Inn car park a good option in the town centre.


Evie is a small village to the north of Orkney. It looks out towards the island of Rousay and many visitors make the trip to see the Broch of Gurness, the remains of an Iron Age village, dating back to 100 BC. Close by, visitors will also find the Sands of Eavie, a stretch of sandy beach with wild orchids, and the RSPB Birsay Moors Reserve, home to a variety of birdlife.

It takes 30 minutes to drive from Orkney Kirkwall Airport to Evie, taking the A960 towards Kirkwall and then picking up the A965 followed by the A966. The village is tiny and there is street parking as well as parking available at the Broch.

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