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Pentland Ferries

Pentland Ferries offers the fastest available crossing from Scotland to the Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the mainland’s northeast coast, across the Pentland Firth.

Founded in 2001 by the Banks family, Pentland Ferries provides an affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly service, using just 26% of the fuel and 33% of the CO2 per crossing used by other leading ferry companies in the region, making Pentland Ferries at least three times greener. This was made possible with the introduction of a new catamaran in 2007, The Pentalina, reducing the journey time by roughly an hour, and built with state-of-the-art safety technology and the capacity for over three hundred passengers and thirty cars.

The Pentalina takes you through the more sheltered region of the Pentland Firth for half the journey, between Gill’s Bay and St Margaret’s Hope, ensuring a smooth sailing due to the absence of large waves typically encountered on these waters. The other half takes you across the beautiful Scapa Flow, where you’re likely to spot some of the wonderful local wildlife including orcas, puffins and seals from the vessel’s glorious open-air deck. provides an impartial ferry comparison service allowing you to view numerous ferry company timetables and fares in one quick and easy search. Compare Pentland Ferries timetables and prices now with all alternative ferry operators before booking your ferry ticket.

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Pentland Ferries Customer Reviews

  • "Holidays on Orkneys"

    We take ferries to and from Orkney during our holidays. Punctuality was perfect!!

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  • "Ferry Crossing"

    Everything run smoothly and it was an easy crossing both ways.

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  • "First trip "

    This was our first time with Pentland ferries their workers were very efficient in embarking and disembarking all transport vehicles ferry was tidy and cafe service was quick

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  • "Great Trip but Online booking not easy"

    Waiting for confirmation of bookings without any opportunity to give alternative times/dates made booking our trip most difficult. However, the Pentland Ferry service was excellent and a seemless trip was experienced both to and from St Margaret's Hope on the Orkney Islands.

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