If you want to go to Orkney from Aberdeen or the surrounding area, you can book a direct boat. From Aberdeen you sail to Kirkwall in 6 hours. This crossing takes longer than the other ferry crossings to Orkney, but you don't have to drive all the way north. So a comfortable choice. After the stopover at Kirkwall, this boat sails on to Lerwick (Shetland Islands).
Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall
Scotland ⇔ Orkney > Travel this ferry line with the vessel(s) from NorthLink Ferries. It is also possible to bring a car on this route towards Kirkwall.
Aberdeen-Kirkwall ferry schedule and tickets
The ferry connection (Aberdeen-Kirkwall) departs up to 4 times per peek. The minimal price you could expect in local currency is about ~52. However, ferry prices rise as the boat fills up, so it is best to book early and compare prices for different departures.
The distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall is 215 km or 133 miles. The fastest ferry on this crossing is able to sail this distance in approximately 6 Hours. It is worth noting that travel time may vary due to weather conditions or different vessel(s) being active on this connection.
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