When to book

Orkney Islands car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
Fri 31/5
Fri 7/6

Search hundreds of rental car sites at once for car rental deals in Orkney Islands

Here is why travellers choose KAYAK

Save up to 41%Compare multiple travel sites with one search.

Free to useThere are no hidden charges or fees.

Filter your dealsFilter by car type, brand and more. Instantly customise your results.

Book with flexibilityUse our "free cancellation" filter for maximum flexibility at no extra cost.

Cheap car hire in Orkney Islands

People mover
Passenger van
Pick-up truck

Top tips for hiring a car in Orkney Islands

  • The best airport to fly into if you’re visiting the Orkney Islands is Kirkwall Airport (KOI). Different car rental agencies are available on site, including Europcar, Avis, Keddy, Firefly, and Easirent. The car rental counters are conveniently located in the arrivals hall of the main terminal. Kirkwall is the chief town of the Orkney Islands, and you’ll find other off-site airport car rental locations with the right vehicles to start your trip in the archipelago.
  • The state of roads in the Orkney Islands is generally good. Roads are well-maintained and among the best in Scotland. Most roads on the mainland are two-way single carriageways. Several areas have single-track roads with passing areas, so you should be able to pull over to allow others to pass or to pass other vehicles safely. It’s good to stop and let others pass if you’re driving slowly in these sections. Roads are regularly maintained, so be prepared for road closures, usually made public on the Orkney Islands Council website.
  • Well-maintained roads in the Orkney Islands mean you can drive any car to various destinations. The type of car you rent depends on your needs. An economy rental is the best if you are on a solo trip and have a small amount of luggage. Consider a standard car or minivan if you are traveling as a group and have more luggage. An SUV rental is the best pick if your itinerary involves drives to various offroad destinations on the islands.
  • The Orkney Islands have clear road signs written in English, but most popular attractions are off the main public transport route, so renting a car with a GPS navigation system is a good idea to navigate the islands. Different Orkney Islands car rentals have vehicles equipped with GPS navigation systems. You may also consider paper maps and online or offline maps. You can rent a car with an additional driver who will act as your guide.
  • Book your rental car in Orkney Islands at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Orkney Islands

  • What is the most popular car hire in Orkney Islands?

    Luxury (Audi A4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Orkney Islands.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Orkney Islands?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Should I rent a car in the Orkney Islands?

    Renting a car in the Orkney Islands is a good idea, especially if you plan to visit several attractions off the main public transport routes. Popular attractions on the archipelago, such as the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, and Maeshowe, are not easily accessible by public transport. It’s a more flexible option since you can explore the island at your own pace and schedule. Car rentals in the Orkney Islands also offer a more convenient means of transportation, especially if you have more luggage or are traveling as a group. You’ll avoid the hassle and congestion of using public transport.

  • What is it like driving in the Orkney Islands?

    In the Orkney Islands, driving is on the left side of the road, consistent with the driving practice in the United Kingdom. Drivers are generally courteous and adhere to traffic rules. Traffic is not a major issue in the Orkney Islands since they are relatively small and sparsely populated. However, the roads can become slightly congested during the summer months, when most tourists flock to the islands. Speed limits vary depending on the road and area. You’re limited to 20 to 30 mph on urban roads, 40 to 60 mph on other roads outside urban areas, and 70 mph on motorways. Police are responsible for enforcing speed limits on the islands, so drive carefully.

  • How old should I be to rent a car in the Orkney Islands?

    The minimum age to rent a car in the Orkney Islands is 21. Some rental companies have their limit at 25, and a young driver's fee may apply to renters ages 21 to 24. Non-EU visitors must provide driver’s licenses that have been valid for at least one year to rent a car on the islands. Other mandatory documents include an internationally recognized credit or debit card for payment and additional identification documents, such as a passport or photo ID.

Car rental locations in Orkney Islands

Car rental directory

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    2 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    2 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    2 Locations

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    2 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    2 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    1 Location

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in Orkney Islands

    1 Location

Good to know

Most popular car type


When to book a rental car in Orkney Islands

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches