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.

How much is the ferry to Orkney?

Route Price Fare Details
Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope
(Pentland Ferries)
£70
  • Booked: Wednesday, 7 August 2019
  • Travel: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 (One Way)
  • Car + 2
Scrabster - Stromness
(NorthLink)
£171.42
  • Booked: Tuesday, 6 August 2019
  • Travel: Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - Tuesday, 10 September 2019
  • Car + 1
Aberdeen - Kirkwall
(NorthLink)
£434.5
  • Booked: Wednesday, 31 July 2019
  • Travel: Thursday, 5 September 2019 - Wednesday, 9 October 2019
  • Car + 2

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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!

Reviews

  • 31 Jul 2019
    Satisfactory trip
    • OK no food consumed

      Review by JANET KING

  • 30 Jul 2019
    Pentland Ferries (Gills Bay)
    • I arrived at an earlier ferry on a motorcycle to ask if it was possible to get on. The positive reaction to squeeze me in was great. The crew were very efficient and knew what they were doing when securing the bike. Covers on seats and strapped down to chain anchors. Excellent crossing and docking to be given more than adequate time to get ready to disembark. I have used the Gills Bay ferry on a number of occasions to Orkney and will certainly use it again. Great value for money.

      Review by GEORGE TAYLOR

  • 27 Jul 2019
    Ferry
    • Very good experience

      Review by ROSIE PICKEN

  • 25 Jul 2019
    Travelling
    • Great thanks xx

      Review by Anon

  • 22 Jul 2019
    Travelling with Pets
    • We travelled with our dog so were unable to access any indoor facilities during the trip. It would be nice to have a covered area for people travelling with pets.

      Review by Anon

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