Visiting the outer islands is a must when venturing to Orkney, and visitors must factor in a trip off the Mainland if time allows.

The isles are normally serviced by regular air and ferry services, and Orkney Ferries operates from Kirkwall Harbour, sailing to Westray, Papa Westray, Stronsay, Eday, Sanday, Shapinsay and North Ronaldsay.

From Houton in Orphir, you can sail to Hoy and Flotta and, from Stromness, you can travel to Graemsay and North Hoy.

From Tingwall, the ferry sails to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre, and you can fly to six of the isles — Westray, Papa Westray, Stronsay, Sanday, Eday and North Ronaldsay.

You can also fly from Kirkwall Airport to six of the isles — visit for more information.

Use our interactive map to find out more about each of the islands you can explore.

Click on an island to find out more.