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Visit in January 2014

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Visit in January 2014

I'm considering a trip in January to Stromness, Orkney. My main concern is, will I have trouble getting there from Edinburgh and back, that time of year? Are the ferries reliable? Planes? Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Visit in January 2014

Well, it all depends on the weather, and no-one can predict it more than a few days in advance.

I would actually be more worried about the amount of daylight. Most of Orkney's wonderful attractions are outdoors and there will not be much daylight at that time of year.

See www.dateandtime.com or similar.

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The bigger the ferry, the more likely to cope with rough seas. For that reason you might look at the Aberdeen route.

I'd also check whether venues are open throughout winter. Smaller or privately owned ones may close.

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I personally would never consider the Aberdeen route if going by ferry. I would go for either Scrabster or Gills Bay and I have visited Orkney regularly in the winter and have never had a ferry cancelled on me (although I know it can happen).

Funnily enough I am heading to Orkney tomorrow for a few days :-)

p.s. If you hit it lucky with the weather the winter can be fabulous in Orkney when you can the outdoor sites and there are almost no visitors at all and although the likes of the Broch Of Gurness and Brough of Birsay are officially closed it really just means they are unmanned.

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p.s I like the Gills Bay ferry (Pentland Ferries) as the crossing is quicker and there is also a lot less time spent out in the open sea

p.p.s. having said that, the only ferry that goes directly to Stromness is the Scrabster ferry.

Edited: 26 August 2013, 20:26
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p.p.p.s :-) The first section of this photo album was taken in a January flickr.com/photos/…

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6. Re: Visit in January 2014

Actually, I've been several times to Orkney in summer and am curious about what it's like in winter, with only a few hours of sun (at best). Thanks for your concern, though.

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7. Re: Visit in January 2014

Hi,

I live in Orkney and contrary to what most people think its not horrendous weather here in January. Yes it can be wild at times but our climate is mild all year round.

I always fly from Orkney to Edinburgh with Flybe. The planes are more likely to go in bad weather compared to the boats.

If you book in advance with Flybe you get the best rates.

Regards,

Kinlay

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8. Re: Visit in January 2014

goanjock, those photos are impressive ... did you have that sort of weather all the time you were there

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