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Ferries to Orkney Islands

Rich in history and natural wildlife throughout the year, the Orkney Islands are the perfect place to come to visit a variety of historical attractions, from prehistoric villages, to chapels built during World War Two. Easily accessible from mainland Scotland, as well as from the Shetland Islands, ferries to the Orkney Islands run up to 49 times a week, and with 2 different ferry operators providing ferries, there is no shortage of choice.

Orkney Islands Ferry Timetable

With over 49 ferries running a week, from 4 different destinations, there is plenty of choice when it comes to picking your ferry. Indeed, there are up to 3 ferries daily running from both Gills Bay to St Maragret's Hope, and from Scrabster to Stromness, but this means that it is difficult to give one exact timetable, especially due to the variety of different destinations and number of different ferries running, but we will always give you the most important information when you are making your booking, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

Ferry to Orkney Islands Prices

How much the ferry to Orkney can cost is highly dependent on many different factors, from what time of year you are travelling, what route you are travelling on, how you are travelling, and so on. We therefore recommend checking out our handy fare finder tool to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Car Ferry to the Orkney Islands

You can currently take your car with you on all four routes to the Orkney Islands, as both operators, Northlink Ferries and Pentland Ferries, can support cars onboard their ships.

How do I get to the Orkney Islands?

Not only are there four different ferry routes to pick from when travelling to the Orkney Islands, but ferry times can range between an hour and 7 hours and 30 minutes, so there is plenty of choice of not only how long you want to travel for, but where in the Orkneys you want to travel to.

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Orkney Islands reviews

  • "To Shetland and back"

    A pleasant comfortable and uneventful journey, both ways, always the best type.

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  • "Great journey."

    Weather calm on both journeys, thankfully. Everything went smoothly from queuing to arriving at reception to allocation of cabins. Food better than I thought it would be. Staff friendly and professional and willing to listen. Saw a film, which the children enjoyed immensely. Bunks beautifully presented. Bathroom adequate , children frighten of flushing loo. Tea facilities fine. All in all a great experience! Thank you.

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  • "Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall "

    Was given very good instructions at time of booking, knew when and where to board and that was helpful. The crossing was comfortable, would highly recommend paying the extra for the tip back seats, so comfy. The on board meal and services were great. Our ship was late in arriving but we were advised right from the beginning and appreciated that.

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  • "Wonderful holiday in Orkney, transported there by a North Link Ferry."

    Excellent, efficient service. We didn't try the catering, as we preferred to be on deck, but I'm willing to bet it would be 4 or 5*!

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Routes and Ports in Orkney Islands