How do I get to Flotta? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Barra, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Sumburgh (Shetland). Most flights are via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness. Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminals in Aberdeen (to Kirkwall) and Scrabster (to Stromness). Alternatively, you could travel by Pentland Ferries on the Gill´s Bay to St Margert´s Hope route. Finally, John O´ Groats passenger only ferries run from John O´Groats to South Ronaldsay. From May to September, there is a direct bus route from Inverness to John O´Groats that meets with the ferry - this is known as ´The Orkney Bus´. Orkney Ferries sail to Flotta on a daily basis from Houton, on the Orkney mainland and from Lyness on Hoy.
How do I get around Flotta? Cycle Hire is available from Orkney Cycle Hire in Stromness and Cycle Orkney in Kirkwall. Flotta is only a small island but there are some lovely walks there. This includes a new eight mile circular walk that takes in an array of wartime archaeology including the Naval Cinema and the Port War Signal Station, as well as the moorland of West Hill and the lovely scenery of Stanger Head. Leaflets on this walk (and others around Flotta) are available at the Orkney Tourist Information Office in Kirkwall.
What's worth visiting on Flotta? Flotta Oil Terminal, which became operational in 1976 - approximately 10% of Britain's oil production passes through it. The NEB Battery is the remains of many buildings and huts including The Battery and Ammunition Stores, which are well worth a visit. The Peerie Museum houses a collection of wartime and oil-related memorabilia.
Where can I stay on Flotta? Self-catering accommodation is available at Burnside and there is also a Hostel there.
Are there any books/DVD's about Flotta?
- The Oilmen: The North Sea Tigers by Bill Mackie,
- The Islands of Orkney by Liv Kjorsvik Schei,
- Orkney and Shetland: Scottish Islands (Scottish Islands: Orkney & Shetland) by James and Deborah Penrith.
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