Stromness - Scrabster is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Stromness - Scrabster Ferry Operators

    • 3 Sailings Daily 1 hour 30 min
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Stromness Scrabster Ferry reviews

  • "Quick crossing to Orkney"

    Easy to book online, but smaller ship so make sure you book in time. Shorter transit time to Orkney, and cheaper than Scrabster -Stromness. Very friendly staff.

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  • "Excellent ferry"

    This was a great experience - fantastic views from the deck and very comfortable inside. We travelled fairly low peak so probably will be busier in high season but still recommend.

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  • "luxury liner"

    I haven't travelled on a ferry for 30 years (France very basic and not too clean) but the high quality of Northlink ferries was amazing, I felt I was on a luxury cruise. Will recommend your ferries without hesitation.

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Stromness Guide

Stromness is a town in Orkney, Scotland, and is located in the south west of the island. The town is home to a well established port and at its heart is the main street which is lined with shops and houses. The town is made up of narrow lanes and alleys which lead off the main street, and is definitely full of charm. Records show that the town can trace its history back to the 16th century where an inn was located at the site of the current town. However, the town grew in importance during the 17th century when England was at war with France.

Located in the north part of the town are the harbour and quays that are now services by a new access road. facilities at the port include a tourist information office, vending machines, lockers and facilities for disabled passengers. A ferry service from Stromness to the Scottish mainland via the port of Scrabster operates as many as three times a day with the journey taking around 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Scrabster Guide

The Scottish town of Scrabster is located around 11 miles from the Castle of Mey and is within walking distance of Thurso, the second largest town in the Highlands. The Scottish Highlands are widely regarded as Europe's last remaining wilderness and is full of flora and fauna and has been a popular destination with the British royal family for decades. Visitors to Caithness and Sutherland have plenty of things to see and do which includes a number of historic buildings and a beautiful coastline. Scrabster is the most northerly port on the Scottish mainland and has been a popular port of choice for the Queen and her family when they disembarked from the Royal Yacht Britannia every August to visit the Queen Mother at her Highland holiday home, Castle of Mey, 11 miles from Scrabster. Today, visitors can follow in their footsteps, as the Castle is open to visitors.

Ferries from the port depart to Stromness in Orkney.