Ferry to Orkney
There is also a ferry to Kirkwall from Aberdeen. This ferry may also take you to the Shetland Islands.
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Travelers come to Orkney for its beaches, wildlife, and many archaeological sites. In total, only about 7000 people live on the islands of which 2000 on the main island.
The main island is connected by a bridge to 4 other smaller islands. The other islands can be visited thanks to the ferries that sail between the islands. These can be booked through Orkney Ferries.
There are cars and bicycles for hire on the island and taxis are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Three ferry companies sail from the North of Scotland to Orkney on four routes. NorthLink ferries has two destinations. The other ferry companies are Pentland ferries and John O Groats ferries.
The shortest crossing to Orkney is from John O' Groats to Burwick. This ferry sails in only 40 Minutes over a distance of 12 km's or 7,5 miles. However, only foot passengers (possibly with a bicycle) can take this ferry. The fastest ferry for travelers with a car is the boat from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope. This fast ferry sails this route in 1 hour.
The lowest price (based on a one-way trip) is the ferry departing from John O' Groats. This ferry brings you to the island for £16.