I haven't booked anything yet, so this trip may not happen, but I just decided that I had to get back to Scotland this summer, and the Orkneys are high on my list of places to go. Traveling solo, I stick to public transport. I've looked at the bus routes for the Orkneys and it seems good at getting to many of the sights. I'm wondering if anyone knows if the buses function in the same way as those on the Hebrides? Meaning that there aren't actual "stops" but if you stand along the route, you just flag the bus down. I'm thinking about spending at least a week based in Kirkwall, to give enough time to see everything since I know it takes a lot longer than if I had my own car.
And...any thoughts on hitchhiking there? Is it something that's done on occasion, or would it be odd? On Harris I hitched twice last summer, both times with a new travel friend so wasn't solo, but it was really easy and actually was recommended by the owners of the B&B that I was staying in.