Travel & Accommodation


Delegates are requested to make their own way to Aberdeen Airport, where you will meet and join the following flight from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Orkney:

Outbound: 15/10/13 BE6836 ABZ 1600 – 1650 KOI

Return: 18/10/13 BE6831 KOI 0745 – 0835 ABZ

All group travel and accommodation from the pickup point in Aberdeen, until delegates return to Aberdeen will be provided by EMEC.

There will be a private lounge in Aberdeen airport for delegates to use on Tuesday 15th October with food, drinks and wifi access. Delegates will be met at Kirkwall airport and transferred to accommodation. VisitOrkney - Yesnaby coast at sunset (Iain Sarjeant)

(If it is more convenient for delegates to make their own travel arrangements to Kirkwall then please let us know, and we will make alternative arrangements for meeting you on arrival in Kirkwall.)

Connecting flights from major European hubs are listed below (please note these are for reference only, timetables and airlines may be subject to change).

Inbound flights

Arrival time
Flight number
0835KL 1441AMS
0840BA 1304LHR
1015KL 1443AMS
1025BA 1306LHR
1050VS 3021LHR
1055LH 970FRA
1120BA 1310LHR
1240KL 1445AMS
1320BA 1308LHR
1600BA 1312LHRConnects to 1840 scheduled departure
1635LH 972FRAConnects to 1840 scheduled departure
1645KL 1449AMSConnects to 1840 scheduled departure
VS 3023LHRConnects to 1840 scheduled departure

Outbound flights

Departure time
Flight number
1100KL 1444AMS
1115BA 1307LHR
1150LH 971FRA
1155VS 3022LHR
1315KL 1446AMS
1335BA 1311LHR
1405BA 1309LHR
1645BA 1313LHR
1720KL 1450AMS
1730LH 973FRA


All delegates will be staying at the Ayre Hotel: The Ayre Hotel Ayre Road Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1QX Telephone: 01856 873001 Fax: 01856 876289 Email:



VisitOrkney - Old Man of Hoy (Iain Sarjeant)The Islands of Orkney are a group of about 70 islands and skerries situated 10km (6.2 miles) from the north-east tip of the Scottish Mainland. The largest island, known as ‘the mainland’, is home to most of the total 20,000 population.

The main industry in Orkney is beef farming and much of the islands are turned over to farm land. Tourism is another major industry providing a wide variety of employment and income. Fishing is also an evident activity here and Orkney has the largest crab processing plant in the UK. The oil industry has made its mark on Orkney with the large oil terminal on the island of Flotta. The arts and crafts industry also supports a large number of employees and Orkney is one of the major jewellery producing counties in the UK. The renewable energy industry (wind, wave and tidal) is emerging as a major employer and as this fledgling industry grows Orkney has become a major player in this field.

Stromness waterfront 1-IS 2
The main town and Capital of the islands is Kirkwall and with its narrow main street with many craft and gift shops, cafes, hotel restaurants and bars is a great central location from which to explore the islands. Kirkwall is dominated by the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, founded by Earl Rognvald Kolson in 1137, with its red sandstone walls and large columns, ramparts and vaulted ceiling is a ‘must see’ if visiting the capital.

Stromness is the second biggest town in Orkney and undoubtedly the most picturesque. The town grew up around the sheltered harbour of Hamnavoe as the fishing industry grew and trade routes opened with Canada. The narrow winding street follows the shoreline and houses along the waterfront have private piers and slipways. The award winning Pier Arts Centre is also found in the centre of the town and the museum gives an excellent account of Orkney’s maritime history.

VisitOrkney - The Ring of Brodgar 2 (Iain Sarjeant)
There are a great number of archaeological sites throughout the islands. On Mainland Orkney the sites of Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae were given World Heritage Status, and these are some of the most visited attractions in Orkney. There are many other sites to visit and explore from Neolithic tombs and dwellings to Pictish brochs and Viking settlements.

More recent historical attractions are the sunken remains of the German High Seas Fleet which was scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919 and divers travel from all over the world to dive on these wrecks. There is much evidence of the military and naval activity, particularly around Scapa Flow, and there is an excellent visitor centre at Lyness on Hoy dedicated to this more recent history.

Being surrounded by the sea has a huge influence on Orkney’s weather and the relatively warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift (or Gulf Stream) which only varies by roughly 5 degrees throughout the year means our ‘mean air temperature’ fluctuates by less than 10 degrees from summer to winter. The most noticeable feature about Orkney weather is the wind and given the open exposure to the Atlantic and North Seas this is understandable. The exploitation of this huge natural resource is evident throughout the county in the form of many small and large scale wind turbines. Wave and tidal power generation is emerging as a very real natural resource in which Orkney is leading the way in research and development.







Aquamarine Power


Atlantis Resources Corporation



Naval Group

Naval Group


Open Hydro


Orbital Marine




ScottishPower Renewables



Sustainable Marine Energy

Sustainable Marine Energy


Voith Hydro


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