Royal Mail and Skyports Drone Services have launched a drone delivery service to Orkney, Scotland, to ensure residents receive their mail without delays.
From Stromness, the mail will be delivered by drones to Graemsay and Hoy, where postal workers will finish their regular distribution routes.


The service will initially operate for three months but will continue on a permanent basis due to Orkney’s unique landscape and proximity. The drone service is expected to improve service levels and delivery times, as weather and geography can cause disruptions.

The all-electric Speedbird Aero DLV-2 aircraft will conduct inter-island flights, carrying up to 6kg payloads and a range of 8km.
The Connected Places Catapult is in charge of carrying out the project, which is financed by the Department for Transport’s Freight Innovation Fund. The ambition is to deploy a fleet of over 500 drones servicing all corners of the UK.