Aberdeen ferry port in Scotland is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Lerwick & Kirkwall available. With a selection of up to 11 Sailings Weekly, the port of Aberdeen connects Scotland with Shetland Islands & Orkney Islands.
Sailing durations range from 6 hours on the Kirkwall service to 12 hours 30 minutes on the Lerwick service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Aberdeen fare search.
Aberdeen is the third most populous city in Scotland, and has gradually become the capital of the country’s northeast. The ferry routes departing the port head to the islands located to the north of Scotland, including a six hour crossing to Kirkwall and a 12 hour crossing to Lerwick.
Rammed with free attractions alongside exorbitant restaurants and hotels, Aberdeen is a monetary paradox; it is expensive to reside in the bustling port city for a few days, however, you can barely spend a penny whilst hopping from one landmark to another. The Maritime Museum and the Aberdeen Art Gallery are free of charge, and arguably the most rewarding places to visit in the entirety of the region, though Duthie Park Winter Gardens are a close rival when the weather is agreeable with a day in the great outdoors. Balmedie Beach is also a nice day out for the family, though the infamous Scottish wind, especially on the north coast, can prove too brisk for some.
In the peak of winter, the grey skyline and freezing temperatures deter many from staying for too long, yet the city embodies a different vibe come summer. To simply wander around the vast highlands on a warm day with a refreshing breeze represents Great Britain at its authentic best, made even more special when the glorious sight of neighbouring islands can be spotted in the horizon.
The central areas can be covered by foot, but for transport out of the city centre, jump on a bus heading towards the outskirts or hire a rental car for the duration of your stay.
Follow the A90 to Aberdeen from either Forfar or Peterhead or from the A96 from Inverness. Then follow the signs to the Ferry Port, which is on the north bank of the River Dee.
Aberdeen Railway Station is located less than one mile from the ferry terminal. There are regular services to/from Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow with onward connections.
For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Aberdeen or trains to scotland pages.
There is a NCP car park in Ship Row, a short distance from the terminal (+44 (0) 1224 594 257).
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Aberdeen Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Aberdeen Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!