Ferries to Orkney


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You can use AFerry to book ferries to the Orkney Islands including Stromness and St Margaret's Hope from mainland Scotland. Using AFerry you will always get a great deal on your ferry to the Orkney Islands. See below for timetables and the latest special offers.

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How to book your ferry to Orkney

Booking a ferry to or from Orkney couldn't be easier with AFerry. You can either use the booking form at the top left of the page.

More about the Orkney Island

The Orkney Islands, an archipelago in northern Scotland, are home to a rich and varied history.

The Orkney islands boast many sites of archaeological interest, including some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, earning Orkney a place on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites

Orkney also has much to offer the nature-lover; Auskerry, one of the smaller Orkney islands, provides a nesting ground for the Arctic Tern and the Strom Petrel. The Orkney islands are a lively and welcoming destination, with friendly locals, and many festivals and events occurring throughout the year.

Orkney Islands Travel Guide

Fact of the day: there are more than 70 islands in the Orkney Islands archipelago. Yes, you would have thought this was obvious from the plural nature of the word `Islands', but surprisingly large numbers of people just hear the word Orkney and think of a large, grey rainy blob somewhere in the north of Scotland. It does rain sometimes - but there is so much more to see.

Travel in Orkney

Two thirds of the Island's population live on Mainland, so the best way to travel around is by car or bike (though bear in mind it is the North of Scotland and surrounded by the North Sea - there is quite a likely chance it will be raining).

Other than that, the way to get to the other third of inhabitants is likely to be either through ferries (most of which are owned by the local council) or through making friends with the local fisherman and persuading them to take you from island to island. The local ferry is probably the recommended route. You can also go by air in what is allegedly the shortest scheduled air trip in the world between Westray and Papa Westray - though scheduled to last two minutes, it can sometimes take as little as one if the wind is in the right direction.

You can also go by air in what is allegedly the shortest scheduled air trip in the world.

Things to see in Orkney

Let's be honest here. If you want the latest in fashion shopping or a happening nightlife, Orkney is probably not the place for you. If, however, you have come for something a little more laid back, Orkney has much to offer.

Not only is there more natural beauty than you can possibly imagine, but Orkney is home to many historic ports and stone circles, which were constructed by many ancient civilisations. For those who love Scuba Diving, the scuttled German fleet at Scapa Flow provides the diver's playground.

Orkney also has Scotland's most northerly whisky distillery, home to the justly famous Highland Park - this quality malt has a distinctive rounded flavour with just a little kick in the aftertaste and is a popular favourite of many whisky lovers. Tours of the distillery are available, which include a free sample of the whisky.

Finally, the island is the home of the Orcadian Strip the Willow. If you have ever attended a Ceilidh (Scottish country dancing) at a wedding, this will have been the dance you did right at the end, memorable for its high speed and exhausting spinning with all 400 people who happened to be attending the function.

For those who love Scuba Diving, the scuttled German fleet at Scapa Flow provides the diver's playground.

AFerry.co.uk offers the best way to find the cheapest ferry routes to Orkney with its easy to use booking form. Begin your holiday on a ferry and start relaxing straight away!


  • 03 Jan 2020
    Nizam Hussein
    • Good trip but just a bit pricy.

      Review by NIZAM-UD-DIN HUSSEIN

  • 28 Oct 2019
    Good fast crossing to Orkney
    • Excellent value home made soup and bacon rolls on board.

      Review by Anon

  • 28 Oct 2019
    Good fast crossing to Orkney
    • Great crossing in fine weather. Good value home made soup and bacon rolls on board.

      Review by LYNN MOLLESON

  • 04 Oct 2019
    good value and safe crossing
    • Great value, friendly staff and smooth crossing. Would use again.

      Review by DAVID IRELAND

  • 26 Sep 2019
    As good as usual!!
    • Did the job well!

      Review by ALEXANDER SMITH

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Orkney Popular Questions

Want to know more about your journey to Orkney? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

Which ferries go to Orkney?

Ferries to Orkney are operated by Pentland Ferries.

Where can I get a ferry to in Orkney?

With AFerry you can book a ferry to St Margarets Hope.

How long is the ferry to Orkney?

The Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope crossing to Orkney with Pentland Ferries takes approximately 1 hrs.