Sanday is one of the north isles of Orkney. From the ferry terminal in the southwest to the lighthouse at the point of Start Island, the distance is 20 kilometres as the crow flies. However, the perimeter of the island is six times greater - over 120 kilometres, so there is a huge variety of beaches to explore. The land is low-lying, and the soil excellent for agriculture - we have the best beef cattle in Britain. Farming is the main occupation for the population of 500, and there are three creel-fishing boats. The thriving Community School is well-staffed, and caters for youngsters from 3-16 years old; it is also the hub of nearly all of Sanday's leisure activities. 

Foot passengers on the ferry to Sanday

Telephone Kelly (01857-600438) before 6 p.m. the night before to book a place on the island minibus that will carry you from the ferry to your destination.

Travelling to Sanday

If you're coming by car from the Scottish mainland, there are several options for ferries that will carry you to the Orkney mainland (main towns Kirkwall and Stromness). After that you will need to book on the inter-island ferry from Kirkwall to Sanday. Click on the relevant underlined websites below.

Scottish mainland to Orkney

Pentland Ferries (Gill's Bay nr. John o' Groats to St. Margaret's Hope)

Northlink (Aberdeen to Kirkwall; Scrabster to Stromness)

Kirkwall to Sanday

Orkney Ferries (Kirkwall Linkspan to Loth, Sanday)

If you're travelling without a car, these ferry options are of course still available, but you may choose to travel by air for some or all of the way. Again, Flights from the Scottish mainland will take you to Kirkwall; after that there's a regular service from Kirkwall to Sanday in an 8-seater Islander aircraft.

Scottish mainland to Orkney 

Flybe (from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness to Kirkwall)

Kirkwall to Sanday

Loganair (from Kirkwall to Sanday)



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