Special Delivery Exceptions

Special Delivery Exceptions


Certain UK Postcodes are subject to different timescales and may be exempt from Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day. Royal Mail do not guarantee express mail to these areas, although our shopping cart will still allow you to select Special Delivery - it is your responsibility to check whether or not you will actually receive your package by 1pm the next day. These areas are detailed below.

Royal Mail will deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30-56 Aberdeen
IV21-28, 40, 52, 54 Inverness
KW1-14 Orkney
PA28-38 Argyll
PH15, 17-26 Perthshire 
PH31-40 Perthshire
PH49 Ballachulish
PH50 Kinlochleven Islands
HS1 Stornoway (Lewis)
HS3 Harris
HS4 Scalpay
HS5 Leverburgh
HS6 N Uist
HS7 Benbecula
HS8 S Uist
HS9 Castlebay (Barra)
IV41-51, 55-56 Skye
KA27 Arran
KA28 Cumbrae
PA41 Gigha
PA42-49 Islay
PA60 Jura
PA77 Tiree
KW15 Kirkwall Town
KW16 Stromness Town only
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
ZE1 Lerwick (Shetlands)
HS3 Harris

Royal Mail will deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following Islands:
GY1 Herm only (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
HS2 Lewis
PA61 Colonsay
PA62-75 Mull
PA78 Coll
ZE2-3 Shetlands

Royal Mail will deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following Islands:
KW16-17 Orkney
PH30 Corrour
PH41 Mallaig
PH42 Eigg & Kuck
PH43-44 Rhum & Canna

Northern Ireland 2 - 4 days
Scottish Highlands & Islands 2 - 4 days
Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, Channel Islands 4 - 5 days
BFPO 2 - 3 days (to BFPO Sorting Office for onward despatch to destination)


For more information regarding this and other Royal Mail services, please visit www.royalmail.com.