Orkney is very well served by air and sea connections to the UK mainland. Frequent daily departures ensure reaching many of the major cities in Scotland can be achieved in less than one hour's flying, making return business trips perfectly possible in a single day. Modern sailing vessels connect to the mainland throughout the day and the most popular services are run by www.pentlandferries.com and www.northlinkferries.co.uk.
Flights in and out of Orkney are currently operated by Flybe (www.flybe.com) who offer daily connections to Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh all from Kirkwall Airport. The airfield is equipped with modern navigation aids so rarely suffers weather disruption and has a contemporary terminal which is pleasant to use.
Permanent residents of Orkney qualify for 'Island Discount' on certain air and ferry routes, an initiative by the Scottish Government some years ago and received with much acclaim by the Islanders, which can significantly reduce the cost of travel by as much as 50%.