Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Fri, 2009-11-20
Ferries to Orkney and Shetland
Car ferries to Orkney and Shetland from Aberdeen and from Scrabster near Thurso are currently run by NorthLink Ferries. Pentland Ferries run a car ferry from Gills Bay, near John o’Groats, to St. Margarets Hope, Orkney, while John o’Groats Ferries run a summer-only passenger ferry from John o’Groats to Burwick in Orkney. The various Orkney islands are linked to each other by services run by Orkney Ferries.
Orkney Ferries Limited Ferry service. Open all year. Ro Ro ferry services between Orkney mainland and the smaller islands. Shore Street Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1LG Orkney Ferries Ltd, Tingwall Ferry Terminal, Rendall. Tel; 751360 Orkney Ferries Ltd. Ferry Terminal, Houton Tel: 811397 Tel: +44(1856) 872044 Fax: +44(1856) 872921
Pentland Ferries Ltd
Pentland Ferries offers an attractive alternative route to Orkney; a short crossing time – just one hour between Caithness and St. Margarets Hope, Orkney – for passengers and their vehicles.There are three sailings from each location during winter. During summer there are four.
Cruise to the Orkney Islands with your Car and Family in ONE HOUR. There is a comfortable observation lounge from where you can watch the scenery during our hour-long journey. Or, if you prefer, you can sit on deck or in the cafeteria where drinks and snacks are available. Our service offers the quickest way for passengers and their cars to travel between Caithness and Orkney, taking the most sheltered route to ensure your comfort.
Pentland Ferries Ltd offer the shortest crossing time to Orkney for cars and passengers. The route is the most sheltered between Gill’s Bay in Caithness and St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay in Orkney providing a more appealing option to travellers who are unsure of travelling on the sea.
Throughout the crossing there is the opportunity to see a wide selection of local wildlife including seals, porpoises, killer whales, puffins and other sea birds. As you pass the uninhabited islands of Swona and Stroma watch out for the feral cattle on Swona, now recognised as a separate breed after being left alone on the island since 1974. Pentland Ferries Ltd Pier Road St. Margaret’s Hope Orkney KW17 2SW Tel: +44(0)1856 831226 Fax: +44(1856) 831697
With NorthLink you can choose from up to three sailings each day from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland – with four of these sailings going via Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall. Northlink Ferries run a regular car passenger ferry service from Scrabster (about a mile west of Thurso) in Caithness to Stromness in West Orkney. Three sailings run from Scrabster daily on the MV Hamnavoe, a large 20 passenger cabin ship with restaurants, creche and lounges on board. They pride themselves on the quality of the food and a cream tea features in the day trip ticket. The ferry docks at Stromness harbour where the ferry terminal also houses the excellent Orkney Tourist Information Office. Buses meet the ferry for onward travel across the island to Kirkwall. The centre of Stromness is a short walk from the ferry terminal. Kiln Corner Ayre Road Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1QX Tel: +44(845) 6000 449
Lerwick Ferry Port
Northlink Ferries ply the North Sea waves from Lerwick, capital of Shetland to Orkney and Aberdeen. There are nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland – with four of these sailings going via Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall.
Aberdeen Ferry Port
Ferries leave Aberdeen for Lerwick in Shetland and Stromness in Orkney, with regular crossings from Jamieson’s Quay in the harbour.
Wildabout Orkney Tours, Holidays &Shore Excursions Wildabout Orkney offers an exciting portfolio of guided and self-drive holidays to Orkney and Shetland designed with you, our guest, in mind. Choose from own tailor made getaway or one of our inspired itineraries, departing from Inverness, Scrabster Pier or Aberdeen. Hartley 5 Clouston Corner Stenness, Orkney KW16 3LD Tel: +44 (1856) 851011 Mobile: +44(0) 7781 456353 Fax: +44 (1856) 851011
John O’ Groats for a day out on Orkney passenger ferry service from John O’ Groats in the Far North of Scotland to Orkney. John O’ Groats Ferries Limited, The Ferry Office, John O’ Groats, Caithness, Scotland, KW1 4YR
Telephone: 01955 611353 (+44 1955 611353 ), 01955 611342 (+44 1955 611342 ) Fax: 01955 611301 (+44 1955 611301 )
Orcargo Ltd Norlantic House, Kirkwall
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