Car Hire at Orkney Kirkwall Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you want to scuba dive in Stromness, scale the Old Man of Hoy or unwind in an ancient Norse town, you can find the best car hire at Orkney Kirkwall Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Orkney Kirkwall Airport
There is one car hire company with a desk at Orkney Kirkwall Airport: Europecar. The desk is inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Orkney Kirkwall Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Mills petrol station located just 10 minutes drive from Orkney Kirkwall Airport. Head south on from the terminal on the A960, merge with the A963 to Kirkwall and the garage will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Orkney Kirkwall Airport
Located to the south east of the island, Kirkwall Airport is next to the main A960 road that connects to the north and south of the island.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Orkney Kirkwall Airport.
Stromness is an outdoor playground where visitors can hike, walk, cycle, scuba dive, sail and play golf. With bracing winds and stunning scenery, the outdoors is the place to be. For more ‘urban’ pursuits, the lovely narrow streets of Stromness hide a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy colder days while the museum tell the story of the town’s history. There is even an arts centre on the pier.
It takes just 3 minutes to reach Stromness from Kirkwall Airport. Head south from the terminal on the A960 taking the A965 to End Road and following signs to the town.
Hoy is Orkney’s second-largest island and is a spectacular sight as it rises starkly out of the sea. This awe inspiring landscape is made up of glacial valleys and mountainous moorland which rises to over 1500ft and whose red cliffs form St John’s Head. The tiny village of Hoy and its neighbouring villages are beautiful examples of old crofting sites with ancient farm houses, that today provide access to the main attraction on the island; the Old Man of Hoy. This 450ft sandstone column is a haven for walkers and climbers who want to see this magnificent sight. Nearby is a solid rock chambered tomb dating back to 3000 BC while Hoy boasts the wonderful Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum.
Hoy is an hour and a half from the island of Orkney which includes the ferry crossing. From the airport terminal head south on the A960 then on the A965 to Moaness and on to Stromness where the ferry departs. The ferry takes just under one hour. On landing, the B9049 will take you to the main tourist attractions.
The capital of Orkney is a lively market town set behind a beautiful sweeping bay. The town is a maze of charming winding cobbled streets that hide a number of shops, cafes, restaurants and cosy pubs while the magnificent cathedral is the towns most prominent structure. Kirkwall is one of the best examples of an ancient Norse town in Scotland.
It takes just 10 minutes to reach Kirkwall from the airport. Head south from the terminal, turning right on to the A960. Turn left onto Clay Loan an on to Union Street. Turn right at Junction Road (A963) and take the first exit at the roundabout for Ayre Road.
On-street parking in Kirkwall is charged from 9am to 5pm. Some spaces offer free parking for the first hour then the cost will be approximately £0.50 for two hours. There is also a choice of long and short stay car parks on the island. Some hotels in Kirkwall also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change