Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope Ferry


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The Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope ferry route connects Gills Bay on the Scottish mainland which is about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of John o' Groats to St Margaret's Hope, a village in the Orkney Islands, off the north-east coast of Scotland. The route is operated by Pentland Ferries. There are up to 4 crossings per day. The crossing time is approximately 1 hour. This route accepts vehicles and foot passengers.

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About Gills Bay

Gills Bay ferry port lies on the Pentland. It is easily reached when driving round the Scottish north coast road. Gills Bay is located to the northeast of the Caithness settlement of Gills, 3 miles (5 km) west of John o' Groats in Highland Council Area. It is a favourite sunbathing spot for local seal populations.

About St Margaret's Hope

St Margaret's Hope, also known as The Hope, is a village in the Orkneys, located off Scotland's north-east coast. The word Hope comes from the Norse word 'hjop', which means bay.

St. Margaret's Hope has a number of shops and restaurants and is famous for its annual Boys' Ploughing Match, a festival where young boys plough in the sands of the Sand of Wright, while girls wear traditional costumes.

If you catch a St Margaret's Hope ferry, do not forget to visit the Smiddy Museum, with lots of old blacksmith's tools to try out and lots of old photographs.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 20 Jul 2019
    • Had a great few days on the island and had a great journey on the ferry there and back very calm

      Review by SUSAN HOLMES

  • 20 Jul 2019
    Pleasant but pricey
    • Overall the journey there and back was pleasant with the weather being very kind both ways. Decent ferry, not sure why they don't serve a small range of alcoholic drinks and only limited refreshments were available. On boarding and disembarking was very good and well organised. Expensive crossing though at £204 for a car with 4 passengers, especially when considering you can cross to France for half the price.

      Review by ALAN SCHOLES

  • 17 Jul 2019
    Yes! You can spot Orcas on your journey.
    • Excellent Ferry services also the local area is worth a visit.

      Review by COLIN MACDOUGALL

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