Kirkwall to Lerwick Ferry


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  • 3 crossings weekly
    7 hr 45 min
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Kirkwall to Lerwick is a domestic route in Shetland and is operated by NorthLink.

Book a Kirkwall to Lerwick ferry today with AFerry. Just use the form above and choose the route that you want. If nothing appears automatically, start typing Kirkwall. You can also type the country or even the name of the ferry company you are interested in. When you have the route that you want, choose single or return and all the other options you want.

How we compare ferries, prices and times for Kirkwall to Lerwick

If there is more than one ferry company operating on the Kirkwall Lerwick route we will show you all the ferry companies, to make sure you get our best price. We'll also show you any routes similar to Kirkwall to Lerwick so you have the complete picture when making your booking. And of course you'll also see a range of times just in case it's a bit cheaper earlier or later than your preferred booking time.

How you get your ticket and how you can make changes if you need to

Once you've chosen your perfect sailing and have made your booking we'll email you your booking confirmation for your Kirkwall to Lerwick ferry. The majority of tickets have instant confirmation.

We will also email you details about how you can contact us using our messaging service, as well as details about how you can change your ticket. Most of the time you can do this by yourself. The vast majority of our customers give us a review of four or five stars showing that their very happy with our service and communication.

Below you can see the ferry company or companies that sail on the Kirkwall to Lerwick route and the journey times. You might also see some recent prices our customers have found. The best way to find a cheap Kirkwall to Lerwick ferry though is to use the form above today to see all of our possible choices.

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Getting the best price for your Kirkwall to Lerwick ferry

With AFerry we always give you our best prices for ferries from Kirkwall to Lerwick. No matter which page you book from we always include all our special offers. And there is no need to look for a discount code. If we have an offer available, your ferry price will include the reduction or offer. There's no need to look at other websites.

If you're not sure if the Kirkwall to Lerwick route is right for you or you can't decide between ferry companies, if there is more than one, you might also find it useful to read any reviews we have available. We ask all our customers to send us reviews for Kirkwall to Lerwick ferries. Remember though, that the earlier you book, the cheaper prices normally are. So don't spend too long deciding! Kirkwall to Lerwick is a popular route, so we advise you to book as soon as possible.

About Kirkwall

Kirkwall Ferry Port is located is in the Orkney Islands of which the city of Kirkwall is the capital. To learn more about the historical city visit its two museums, the Tankerness House Museum, which contains items of local historical interest, and the Wireless Museum which deals with the history of radio and recorded sound.

Another main event held each year at Christmas and New years is the Ba Game an example of traditional football games between the Uppies and the Doonies.

About Lerwick

Lerwick Ferry Port is the main port of the Shetland Islands in Scotland, situated more than 100 miles off the North coast of Great Britain mainland (about 210 miles from Aberdeen). There are ferries from Lerwick both to mainland Scotland and the nearby Orkney Islands, all of which can be booked through AFerry

Lerwick Ferry Port is situated in the North harbour, about a mile from the town centre. Lerwick is the capital of Shetland and it centers all its activity around its busy port, particularly during the summer. The name Lerwick comes from the Old Norse and means "Bay of Mud".


  • 30 Sep 2016
    our trip
    • nice and easy

      Review by Gloria and Fred Bryan

  • 28 Jul 2014
    • Great to have with our cosy Premium Cabin, access to Magnus Lounge, including 2 drinks per person and a continental breakfast on arrival in the port of Lerwick. Professional & friendly staff, let you feel to be on a cruise ship.

      Review by Sven, Italy

  • 03 Jun 2014
    Fine even for a boatphobic!
    • As soon as you check-in you feel looked after. A gale was howling as we waited to board at 11.30pm, not a good sign. Loaded car, then on-board staff directed us to our cabin and we bedded down. Neat, well-equipped comfortable cabin with tea and coffee facilities. Cabin well noise-insulated. Slept pretty well. Woke a few times when the boat, big as it is, rolled or bounced. Obviously rough out there, but soon fast asleep again. Even though you have to move car off the boat at 7am, got back onto boat and stayed until 9.30am. We didn't eat in restaurant so five-star rating is just on the in-cabin facilities. Not being the best of sailors, I'd been fearing this overnight crossing, but everything fine in the hands of Northlink. You feel very safe and looked-after.

      Review by Queasy Sailor

  • 18 Sep 2013
    Leisure trip to Shetlands
    • A Comfortable ferry crossing,was on time, helpful staff Terminal facilities at Kirkwall when waiting for a 23.45 sailing were dreadful and almost non existent. Cooked breakfast was tepid.

      Review by RogerPreston Preston

  • 05 May 2013
    Job travel
    • Nice voyage, super cabin but very expencive breakfast with staff who openhearted made fun of a foreigner with mediocre knowledge to English and without experience to the serving system in the ferry restaurant. They tried to make me feel stupid, and they succeed in making me feel unwelcome. I'll been traveling all over the world during the last 40 years and seldom been treated like that before.

      Review by Carl Hamre

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Kirkwall to Lerwick Popular Questions

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

How long does the ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick take?

The average journey time by ferry between Kirkwall to Lerwick is 7 hrs 45 min. The journey time may vary, so use our booking engine on this page to search for a specific travel date.

How fast does the ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick travel?

The fastest journey time by ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick is 7 hrs 45 min, with NorthLink.

What time does the ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick leave?

The ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick leaves at 23:45 with NorthLink. Times may vary depending on the time of year.

Which ferry companies operate between Kirkwall to Lerwick?

Ferries travelling from Kirkwall to Lerwick are operated by NorthLink.

Looking for more information?

If you're looking for the return journey, check out Lerwick to Kirkwall.