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My first time with Direct Ferries and I was generally very impressed. I took overnighters from Orkney to Shetland and from Shetland to Aberdeen, via Orkney. I was comfortable in a pod for Orkney to Shetland. They are what they are and I disagree with the people moaning about them. However, for Shetland to Aberdeen, I booked a shared cabin, so I appreciated it may be necessary to share. It was wholly UNNECESSARY for the sharer to be allocated from those getting on at Orkney, when those who got on at Shetland were already likely to be asleep. That is what happened to me and the situation is completely avoidable when you have hundreds of unused cabins. This issue could be fixed at a stroke and its very existence is thoughtless.Read More Read Less
Our cabin was very clean and comfortable. Everything in the Magnus Lounge was very convenient and welcoming.Read More Read Less
"On a ferry between Scotland, Orkney and Shetland"
The ferry services that connect the mainland to the Orkney islands and Shetland, and ferries between Kirkwall and Lervick are really super efficient. Excellent quality of all the services, cinema, stores, cofè shop, restaurant, and healt services. Staff on board is really kind. It was a really enjoyable experience.Read More Read Less
The Lerwick Aberdeen ferry route connects Shetland Islands with Scotland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Northlink Ferries. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations from around 12 hours.
Lerwick Aberdeen sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
The town of Lerwick is the main port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The town which is located on the east coast of Shetland is roughly 160 km off the north east coast of Scotland, 340 km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and 370 km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town has many amenities which one would normally expect to see in much larger towns on the British mainland which include leisure and entertainment facilities with a good selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The town is centred around its busy harbour while Hay’s Dock was once the centre of Shetland’s fishing industry and boatbuilding and is now home to the splendid Shetland Museum and Archives.
The port, which lies at the crossroads of the North Sea and the north east Atlantic, is the UK's most northern port. The port has a new elevated passenger walkway to facilitate the new roll-on, roll-off ferries. There are daily ferry services operating between Lerwick and Aberdeen, regularly calling at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. The Shetland Islands Council also operate a ro-ro ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of the town.
Located in the north east of Scotland, the city of Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city. The city's architecture is famous for its wide use of granite which has led to the city often being referred to as "the Granite City". The city is well known for its floral displays which include 2 million roses, 11 million daffodils and 3 million crocuses. So impressive is the city's floral displays that it was won the RHS's Britain in Bloom 'Best City' award ten times, the overall Scotland in Bloom competition 20 times and the Large City category every year since 1968. It is also known for its parks and gardens, of which it has over 45 throughout the city.
Aberdeen's port has good road, air and rail connections and passenger facilities at its terminal that includes a cafe and a supermarket. The terminal also has good facilities for disabled passengers. There are regular services from the port to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands with a crossing time of around 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are also three sailings each week to Kirkwall with a crossing time of around 6 hours.