There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands operated by 1 ferry company – Northlink Ferries. The Kirkwall to Lerwick ferry crossing operates weekly with a scheduled sailing duration from about 7 hours 45 minutes.
Whilst we’ve taken great care to ensure the information on this page is correct, as the frequency and duration of crossings on all routes can vary from time to time we’d advise that you get a live quote for current availability on this Orkney Islands Shetland Islands crossing between Kirkwall and Lerwick.
The Orkney Islands are a Scottish archipelago approximately ten miles north of the mainland.
They are mysterious islands, the largest of which is simply called ‘Mainland’, due to a millennia-old history embedded into the cultural heritage and landscape.
The archipelago’s name dates back to the 1st Century BC, when the land was settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic tribes. Evidence of its past can be seen almost everywhere, with a large number of burial cairns, tombs, brochs and castles scattered across the vast green plains.
The abundant wildlife attracts a great number of visitors, too, with a variety of rare bird and mammal species like puffins, seals and Eurasian otter to be found throughout the islands.
Given the Orkney’s location between the two, the Shetland Islands to the north and the Scottish mainland to the south are within easy reach by ferry. Mainland has a couple of ports, with the routes operated by the region’s leading ferry company.
The Shetland Islands are an archipelago in Scotland around 100 miles North of the Scottish mainland. The archipelago is composed of over a hundred islands, out of which only fifteen are inhabited.
Shetland is a great place for nature lovers, offering a natural world where wildlife is truly wild, making it possible to watch otters and seals at play while hearing the sound of seabirds crowding the cliffs. Its 6000 years of history also brings a truly unique culture to the Shetland Islands.