Orkney Islands Council
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External Ferries

External ferry services to the Scottish mainland are provided by three operators.


NorthLink Ferries operates passenger and vehicle services between Stromness, Orkney and Scrabster, Mainland and between Kirkwall, Orkney and Lerwick, Shetland and Aberdeen on the Mainland. Information on NorthLink Ferries is available from the Northlink Ferries website or by telephone on 0845 6000449.


Pentland Ferries Limited operates a passenger and vehicle service between St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney and Gills Bay on the Mainland. Information on Pentland Ferries is available from the Pentland Ferries website or by phoning the reservation line on 0800 6888998.

John o' Groats

John o’ Groats Ferries operates a passenger only service between Burwick in Orkney and John o’ Groats on the Mainland from the 1 May to 30 September. Information on John o’Groats Ferries is available from the John o’Groats Ferries website or by telephone on 01955611353.

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