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Ferries to Orkney
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Book a ferry to Orkney with NorthLink Ferries, who offer frequent crossings from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, and from Scrabster to Stromness. NorthLink Ferries also offer sailings from Lerwick to Kirkwall.

You can also travel by ferry to Orkney with Pentland Ferries, who offer frequent ferry services between Gills Bay and St. Margaret's Hope.

Ferries to Orkney
Destination Overview


The Orkney Islands, an archipelago in northern Scotland, are home to a rich and varied history. The Orkney islands boast many sites of archaeological interest, including some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, earning Orkney a place on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

Orkney also has much to offer the nature-lover; Auskerry, one of the smaller Orkney islands, provides a nesting ground for the Arctic Tern and the Strom Petrel.

The Orkney islands are a lively and welcoming destination, with friendly locals, and many festivals and events occurring throughout the year







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Orkney Guide


Orkney, or the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in northern Scotland which comprises over 70 islands. The Orkney Islands are separated from mainland Scotland by the Pentland Firth. Around 17 of these are inhabited. Orkney has been inhabited for at least 5,500 years and was settled by the Picts and the Norse.

Orkney is rich in history, and is home to some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, earning it a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Orkney Islands are mostly low-lying, with a temperate climate. They are home to peaceful, sandy beaches and beautiful scenery, and the welcoming nature of the inhabitants of Orkney means you will quickly feel at home in these wonderful islands. Orkney also boasts a vibrant culture with a multitude of festivals and events throughout the year.

Orkney Facts

- Size: 382 sq miles
- Population: 19,800
- Capital: Kirkwall (administrative centre)
- Language: English
- Currency: Sterling GBP
- Country Code: +44
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Electricity: 240V 50Hz, 3 pin plugs - Orkney Ferry Ports: Scrabster, Stromness, St. Margaret's Hope, Gills Bay, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Aberdeen


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Things to see

The main island, Orkney, is known as `mainland'; the largest settlement here is Kirkwall, which is the administrative centre of the Orkney Islands. The island of Orkney is well-connected by air and sea to mainland Scotland and to many of the other smaller Orkney islands.

Orkney mainland boasts numerous sites of archaeological interest from the Neolithic, Pictish and Viking eras. Examples of Orkney's wealth of historical sites include the stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar, and the stone-built settlement, Skara Brae.

Many of the other islands are inhabited, though some only have 2 or 3 year-round inhabitants. Most of the islands are used for grazing and farming; agriculture is the main industry of Orkney.

Visit Auskerry to see the nesting grounds of the Arctic Tern and Storm Petrel, or see the Golgotha monastery on the island of Papa Stronsay. Papa Westray (also known as Papay) is home to an RSPB nature reserve and many Neolithic and Viking ruins, and you can visit the oldest castle in Scotland, Cubbie Roo's castle, which dates from 1150, on the island of Wyre.
 

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