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Balfour Castle


Balfour Castle is located on Shapinsay, one of the Orkney Islands, just a short distance from the north- east coast of the Scottish mainland. Shapinsay is a green and fertile island and although seemingly remote, perfectly easy to get to.

Getting here by Plane

Flying to Orkney could not be easier with a regular service provided by Flybe in conjunction with Loganair. Direct flights to Kirkwall, Orkney's capital, operate daily from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness airports.  

Flying time from any of these airports takes no more than an hour and you should be afforded fantastic aerial views of the Orkney archipelago. The first glimpse of Balfour Castle from the air is a memorable sight, nestling in the protective woodland and surrounded by dramatic seascape vistas.

Balfour staff will collect you from Kirkwall airport and escort you to Shapinsay on the Castle's private charter. An exhilarating ten minute sail whisks you to our shores for your Balfour experience to begin.

Private helicopters can land on the Castle lawn by prior arrangement.

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Getting here by Car

If you wish to bring your own car, regular ferries run from mainland Scotland arriving at any one of the three ports on Orkney Mainland - St Margaret's Hope, Stromness or Kirkwall. We are very happy to advise you on travel arrangements.

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Getting here by Ferry

Northlink operate a car & foot passenger service from Scrabster to Stromness.

They also operate ferries from Aberdeen. This is an evening arrival time and the longest of the sailing routes, useful if you’d prefer a longer sail but shorter drive to Orkney from the Scottish Mainland.  

Northlink additionally operate a route from Shetland.

Alternatively you can sail from John o Groats to St Margaret's Hope on the Orkney Mainland in around 75 minutes as foot passenger or with a vehicle with Pentland Ferries. This comfortable and modern catamaran navigates the Pentland Firth daily where you will pass the now uninhabited island of Stroma. Several daily sailings are available.

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