Stromness ferry port in Orkney Islands connects you with Scrabster in Scotland with a choice of up to 28 ferry crossings per week. The duration of the Stromness to Scrabster crossing is from 1 hour 30 minutes and the crossing is operated by Northlink Ferries.
Stromness has to be one of the most enchanting ports at which to arrive by boat, its picturesque waterfront a procession of tiny sandstone jetties and slate roofs nestling below the green hill of Brinkies Brae. Its natural sheltered harbour (known as Hamnavoe) must have been used in Viking times, but the town itself only really took off in the eighteenth century.
The old town of Stromness still hugs the shoreline, its one and only street, a narrow winding affair, built long before the advent of the motor car, still paved with great flagstones and fed by a tight network of alleyways or closes. The central section, which begins at the Stromness Hotel, is known as Victoria Street. On the east side of the street the houses are gable-end-on to the waterfront, and originally each one would have had its own pier, from which merchants would trade with passing ships.
Stromness Ferry Terminal can be found at Orkney's main gateway - the busy port of Stromness, 16 miles from Kirkwall, 9 miles from Finstown and 19 miles from Kirkwall Airport.
In Stromness buses stop opposite the ferry terminal. Orkney Islands Council maintain an up-to-date bus timetable.
NorthLink operate a bus service to connect with evening ferries to/from Hatston.
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Stromness Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Stromness Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!