Map of the 01856 STD dialling Area Code
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The 01856 Area Code ( Dialling Code)

The 01856 area code is a 4 digit geographical dialling code (excluding the zero) used in telecommunications for the area.

The local telephone numbers within the 01856 are 6 digits long.

The correct format in which to write a telephone number from the area code is (01856) [x][x][x][x][x][x].

Where is the 01856 Area Code?

The 01856 dialling code is situated in the county of Orkney in the Scotland Region of the UK.

When do I need to use the 01856 dialling code?

You will need to use a dialling code if you are calling from a mobile phone or a landline outside of the 01856 dialling code area. If you are calling a local number within the same area code with a landline telephone you do not need to use the 01856 dialling code.

Phoning the 01856 Dialling Code from Outside of the UK

If you are calling from outside of the UK. You will need to add the code for dialling internationally. This varies country to country, followed by the UK country code (44) followed by the area code without the initial zero (1856).

RegionInternational PrefixCountry CodeArea Code
United States and Canada011441856
Europe00441856
Australia0011441856

Origins of the 01856 Area Code

Before the 16th April 1995 known as PhONEday which changed telephone area codes by inserting a 1 at the beginning. The area code was .

picture showing an old rotary dial for the Orkney area code
An old rotary dial for the Orkney area code.
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Map of the 01856 dialling Code Area

The shaded area on the map represent the estimated extent of the 01856 phone area code.

The blue icons on the map represent the locations of telephone exchanges serving the 01856 area. Click on an icon for more details

Map of the Orkney area code
Map of the Orkney area code and surrounding areas

Towns and Villages within the 01856 dialling Code

Known Telephone Exchanges within the 01856 dialling Code

KIRKWALL T E (NSKIR)
BALFOUR UAX (2) (NSBFR)
BIRSAY UAX (2) (NSBIR)
BURRAY UAX (2) (NSBRY)
DEERNESS UAX (2) (NSDEE)
EVIE UAX (NSEVI)
FINSTOWN SAX (NSFTN)
HOLM UAX (NSHOL)
HOY UAX (NSHOY)
HARRAY UAX (2) (NSHRY)
LONGHOPE UAX (NSLHP)
ORPHIR UAX (1) (NSORP)
ROUSAY UAX (NSROU)
STROMNESS TE (NSSNS)
SANDWICK (ORKNEY) UAX (2) (NSSOR)
ST MARGARET'S HOPE UAX (NSSTM)
TANKERNESS UAX (NSTAN)