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How much is the ferry to Shetland?

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Kirkwall - Lerwick
(NorthLink)
£36
  • Booked: Monday, 11 November 2019
  • Travel: Thursday, 20 February 2020 (One Way)
  • 1 Adults (Foot passenger)
Aberdeen - Lerwick
(NorthLink)
£97
  • Booked: Friday, 15 November 2019
  • Travel: Sunday, 26 January 2020 - Thursday, 30 January 2020
  • 1 Adults (Foot passenger)
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How to book your ferry to Shetland

Booking a ferry to or from Shetland couldn't be easier with AFerry. You can either use the booking form at the top left of the page. Or, if you see a price you like on the left, just select the number of passengers and click go.


More About Shetland

Shetland Islands are located right in the middle of the triangle formed with Faroe Islands, Norway and Scotland. These islands are characterised by a variety wild life and extraordinary carved landscape.

Shetland Islands provide a unique opportunity to explore the wild landscape, see the rare wildlife such as seals, otters, whales and wild birds and the dramatic jagged cliffs with the luxury of not being far away from civilisation.

Shetland has particular appeal to birdwatchers, as puffins, lapwings and redshanks as well as the beautiful Stormy Petrels can be seen.

If you are very lucky, you may also see Albert, the local lost albatross.

Shetland has its own unique history, culture and heritage which go back up to 6000 years.

Shetland Islands Travel Guide

A group of islands off the northern Scottish coast, the Shetland Islands are full of life, originality and not at all like a `mini Scotland'.

Resist the temptation to consider the Shetland Islands as the uncomfortable wart on the nose of the British Islands. Despite its distance from anywhere else, these islands are ruggedly beautiful in a way that is found in very few places on earth. It is surely possible that when J.R.Tolkien was imagining Middle Earth he was thinking of something that looked a little bit like Shetland.


Travel in Shetland

Travel in Shetland is a breeze thanks to the immaculate condition of the roads and the regular bus timetables. Do be aware though that some of these roads may be narrow and you should drive carefully and pull over if you are driving slowly and gawping at the scenery so as to let local drivers go past you. Regular foot passenger ferries are also available from the main island to the other 16 inhabited islands.

It is surely possible that when J.R.Tolkien was imagining Middle Earth he was thinking of something that looked a little bit like Shetland.

A word of warning about bikes - the idea of cycling around Shetland may seem idyllic when it is sunny and warm and June. It is going to seem miserable two hours later when you are cycling uphill in driving wind and horizontal rain that has soaked through to your skin. You have been warned.


Things to see in Shetland

Shetland is paradise for anyone who loves nature. Not only does it boast some stunning scenery and cragged coastlines that exude a rugged beauty, but it is the place to come to if you enjoy bird watching. Not only can you see the normal range of sea birds and small mammals, but there are also puffins, lapwings and redshanks as well as the beautiful Stormy Petrels. If you are very lucky, you may also see Albert, the local lost albatross. Be wary of approaching nesting sites during breeding time as the birds are highly territorial and protective of their young.

Further out to sea, you can see seals and several species of whales. The seals are very common and will often be curious of humans. Whale sightings are much more rare, though the ferry is often a great location from where to watch whales. Common species of whale around Shetland include the Minke Whale and Orca.

Every May sees Shetland host the Shetland Folk Music festival, which features an eclectic mix of British and American folk bands in the various pubs and restaurants around the Island. The northerly latitude means that these performances go on well into the night, as it hardly gets dark in Shetland during Summer. Midnight games of golf are also easily possible.

Midnight games of golf are also easily possible.

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

Reviews

  • 12 Oct 2019
    ferry to Shetland
    • ok journey but sea was a bit rough but it was October! Ok trip with a nice cabin and able to sleep during the crossing

      Review by MICHAEL BARRETT

  • 25 Sep 2019
    Shetland pals
    • Brilliant time from start to finish

      Review by Lee

  • 03 Aug 2019
    Northlink ferry crossing
    • Smooth and comfortable crossing. Helpful and polite staff.

      Review by WILLIAM VANCE

  • 10 Jul 2019
    Good trip Aberdeen to Lerwick return.
    • Pleasant staff, clean and tidy ship on time. Food choices a bit basic and uninteresting. Will use again.

      Review by Anon

  • 20 Jun 2019
    Trouble free Shetlands
    • Long haul from Devon to Lerwick but worth every mile. Excellent ferry crossing and facilities. Cabin wee bit expensive but very clean, comfortable and welcome.All ferry staff excellent. Again, all a wee bit expensive but overall a wonderful trip and holiday. Lucky to be in Lerwick for lifdboat day and enjoyed 2 hour trip on NorthLink ferry with lifeboat putting on great display. Not to be missed.

      Review by CHRIS HARWOOD

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Shetland Popular Questions

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

How much is the ferry to Shetland?

The cheapest price for Shetland found by AFerry customers recently is £36, on the Kirkwall - Lerwick route for travel Thursday, 20 February 2020 with NorthLink. Prices also vary depending on the date and time of travel.

Which ferries go to Shetland?

Ferries to Shetland are operated by NorthLink and Northlink (Freight).

Where can I get a ferry to in Shetland?

With AFerry you can book a ferry to Lerwick.

How long is the ferry to Shetland?

It depends where and when you travel. The quickest crossing to Shetland is Kirkwall - Lerwick with NorthLink and takes 7 hrs 45 min, while the longest crossing is Aberdeen - Lerwick with Northlink (Freight) and can take up to 14 hrs 30 min.