Kirkwall to Shetland Ferry


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Kirkwall is connected to Shetland via the port of Lerwick. On average, there are 4 crossings per week between Kirkwall and Shetland, which are operated by NorthLink. Crossings from Kirkwall to Lerwick usually take around 7 hours 45 minutes.

The above information is a basic summary on the services between Kirkwall and Shetland. We recommend using our Ferry Search to find live ferry information and the latest prices.

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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 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.

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