As the travel comparison site for ferries, brings you all the major ferry services between Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland Islands. This includes the safety and comfort of Northlink Ferries from Scracbster to Stromness and Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall. Northlink Ferries logo

Northlink Ferries is a customer centric company that is dedicated to providing brilliant service to all their passengers. A state owned company, Northlink is only a baby in the world of ferries having been operating since 2006 however they are already building a reputation for themselves as convenient and reliable alternative to other ferry operators in the area. Their sailing times are designed to ensure that you arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for anything.

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Northlink Ferries routes

Every year, Orkney and Shetland draw even more visitors to their shores. There are many reasons why people travel north; some are returning to see family and friends or the sights and sounds of `home’, some are attracted by the world-class music, crafts, wildlife, history and archaeology and some simply want to experience the peace, quiet and open spaces that the islands have in abundance.

Northlink operate three conventional ferries on their routes. The MV Hamnavoe serves the Scrabster to Stromness route, providing three return sailings a day with a duration of just 90 minutes while the MV Hjaltand and MV Hrossey both serve the Aberdeen to Lerwick route with sailing times of around twelve hours when direct or fourteen hours when going via Kirkwall. Facilities on board include a relaxing sun deck, lively games room and children’s play area, plus bars, restaurants, shops and lounges. Cabin accommodation is also available and the Aberdeen to Lerwick ferries are both equipped with cinemas showing a variety of modern films. All of this along with the dedication of the staff on board combines to ensure that when you travel with Northlink, your holiday starts the moment you step on board.