St Margarets Hope to Gills Bay Ferry


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The St Margarets Hope to Gills Bay ferry route connects St Margaret's Hope, a village in the Orkney Islands, off the north-east coast of Scotland to Gills Bay on the Scottish mainland which is about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of John o' Groats. 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 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.

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.

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  • 16 Jul 2018
    A convenient short crossing.
    • We were disappointed that our booking was wrong as it was from Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope not St Margarets Hope to Gills Bay. Fortunately the staff were able to correct it and there was room on the ferry.

      Review by Anon

  • 25 Apr 2018
    service on time, efficient
    • Lack of wifi surprising. Coffee rubbish - but service on time, efficient

      Review by Anon

  • 23 Oct 2017
    A ferry enjoyable experience
    • Excellent service at a very competitive price. Comfortable and clean. Staff efficient and food service very reasonable.

      Review by RONALD LEWIS-SMITH

  • 11 Sep 2017
    Trip to Orkney with car first timer from Australia!
    • Sensational organisation and management of the onboarding and departure process. Very much like Royal Engineers. Brilliant organisation great communication and great staff . A scary prospect was in fact a breeze thanks to the organisation and personal skills off the staff. Do it again and recommend to all!!

      Review by Lord Jack John Stewart

  • 26 Dec 2016
    Always Green Orkney.
    • Thank you for your precise service!!! I will always remember your nice katamaran boat and always green Orkney!

      Review by Roman Kirsch

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