Ferries to Orkney

Travel by ferry to Orkney! Travelling to Orkney couldn't be more relaxed than by ferry. This way you start your Orkney holiday rested and without stress.

From mainland Scotland, Orkney is accessible via three regular ferry routes. They run from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope and from Scrabster to Stromness. There is a connection to the Shetland Islands via the route from Kirkwall to Lerwick. During the summer months there is also a private ferry service between John o’Groats and Burwick.

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All ferries to Orkney

Here you find all current ferry connections to Orkney.

Ferry connection Country of origin & country of destination Number &
Duration of trip
Shipping company
Fähre Aberdeen – Kirkwall Ferry from Schottland, Großbritannien to Orkney-Inseln, Großbritannien 4 mal wöchentlich
6 Stunde(n) 0 Minuten
Northlink Ferries
Ferry Scrabster – Stromness Ferry from Scotland, Great Britain to Orkney Islands, Great Britain 3 times a day
1 hour(s) 30 minutes
Northlink Ferries
Ferry Lerwick – Kirkwall Ferry from Shetland Islands, Great Britain to Orkney Islands, Great Britain 3 times a week
5 hours 30 minutes
Northlink Ferries

All ferries from Orkney

Here you find all current ferry connections from Orkney.

Ferry connection Country of origin & country of destination Number &
Duration of trip
Shipping company
Fähre Kirkwall – Aberdeen Ferry from Orkney-Inseln, Großbritannien to Schottland, Großbritannien 3 mal wöchentlich
7 Stunde(n) 15 Minuten
Northlink Ferries
Ferry Stromness – Scrabster Ferry from Orkney Islands, Great Britain to Scotland, Great Britain 3 times a day
1 hour(s) 30 minutes
Northlink Ferries
Fähre Kirkwall – Lerwick Ferry from Orkney-Inseln, Großbritannien to Shetlandinseln, Großbritannien 4 mal wöchentlich
7 Stunde(n) 45 Minuten
Northlink Ferries

Ferry ports at Orkney

You can find an overview of all ferry ports at Orkney here.

Ports
Kirkwall
Stromness

Travel guide Orkney

Holiday at Orkney

The Orkney Islands consist of the main island Mainland and about 70 smaller islands. They are separated from the Scottish north coast by the Pentland Firth. The nature here is stormy and rough and has created a landscape of harsh beauty. Stone circles, brochs and burial mounds are fascinating witnesses to a history that goes back thousands of years.


TOP excursion destinations at Orkney

The main town of Orkney is
Kirkwall
. Places of interest include St Magnus Cathedral and the ruins of Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace. Friends of a good glass of whisky can look forward to two distilleries, including a guided tour and subsequent tasting.

High in the north of Europe, the Italian Chapel amazes its visitors. Italian prisoners of war built the church. The painter Domenico Chiocchetti decorated the interior walls with colourful frescoes and created a piece of home.

Hardly anyone can escape the fascination of the two stone circles Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stennes. Framed by the mystical landscape of the Orkneys, the sight of it becomes an atmospheric and unforgettable experience.

The settlement of Skara Brae invites you on a journey to the Neolithic Age. Here people lived around 3,000 BC in houses with stone hearths, stone beds and stone shelves. Older than the pyramids is the megalithic site of Maes Howe.

The ruins of the Brough of Virsay are located on a tidal island and can therefore only be visited at low tide. Please check in advance when the next tide is due, as the small island is uninhabited. The Broch of Gurness was also once a mighty stone tower, presumably intended to provide protection for the villagers when attacked.

Wind and sea have created imposing rock formations on the Orkneys, the Cliffs of Yesnaby or the rock needle Old Man of Hoy are definitely worth seeing.


Entry requirements

German citizens and other EU citizens need an identity card or passport to enter Scotland. All travel documents must be valid until the end of the trip.


Alternative travel options

By bus and train you can easily reach the ferry ports to the Orkney Islands from Aberdeen and Inverness. Those wishing to travel by air can reach Kirkwall from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Sumburgh (Shetland).


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