Northlink Ferries

NorthLink Ferries are the lifeline of the Northern Isles, with ships designed with your comfort in mind.

Book Northlink Ferries today with – All Northlink Ferries routes available to book including Kirkwall, Lerwick, Aberdeen, Scrabster, Stromness.

All NorthLink Ferries provide spacious lounge areas, bars, children's play areas and comfortable en-suite cabins. Plus, you can also find a modern cinema showing the latest releases on longer routes. The NorthLink "a la carte" and self service restaurants also offer a wide range of menus featuring local produce.

Northlink Ferries - Routes

Timetables Number of Crossings Duration
Kirkwall - Aberdeen up to 3 per Week approx. 7 hrs 15 mins
Aberdeen - Kirkwall up to 4 per Week approx. 6 hrs
Stromness - Scrabster up to 3 per Day aprrox. 1 hr 30 mins
Scrabster - Stromness up to 3 per Day approx. 1 hr 30 mins
Aberdeen - Lerwick up to 7 per Week approx. 14 hrs 30 mins
Timetables Number of Crossings Duration
Lerwick - Aberdeen up to 7 per Week approx. 12 hrs
Kirkwall - Lerwick up to 4 per Week approx. 7 hrs 45 mins
Lerwick - Kikrkwall up to 3 per Week approx. 5 hrs 30 mins

Northlink Ferries - Find out more

What does my Northlink Ferries crossing price include?
The price you are quoted is for all passengers in your vehicle including the driver. If you have added a pet, this will also be included in the price.
Is a cabin included?
On overnight crossings, your quote includes (compulsory) accommodation. You can change/upgrade the accommodation type if required.
Are meals included?
No. Meals, drinks and snacks can be purchased from the on-board cafés and restaurants. Services may vary according to the crossing booked.
Can my pet travel with Northlink Ferries?
You can take your cat or dog on your Northlink Ferries sailing. When you select your preferred route, simply select the number of dogs or cats that you are travelling with. See our pet booking page for more information.
What's available for the Kids?
All Northlink Ferries ships have play areas specially designed for young children.

Northlink Ferries - Ports

Northlink Ferries - Pet Booking Information

To travel abroad with your pet, you will require a Pet Passport.

Pets, with the exception of guide dogs, on Northlink are restricted to the kennels provided. We recommend you bring a blanket and familiar toys for your pet. All waste must be cleared up at the end of the trip. On longer sailings, there is a designated area for exercising your pets - please consult with a member of staff.

More About Northlink Ferries

NorthLink Ferries operatres passenger and vehicle ferry services between mainland Scotland and the islands of Orkney and Shetland.

All accommodation on board NorthLink Ferries has been built for comfort - the cabins are modern, clean and equipped with en-suite toilet and showers, and include tea & coffee-making facilities.

The shops on board NorthLink Ferries offer Shetland and Orkney islands’ crafts and produce, featuring a selection of jewellery, knitwear, wines and spirits, as well as books, magazines and more.

Northlink Ferries offer different routes to Orkney and Shetland, including:

Scrabster to Stromness

The Northlink Ferries ship MV Hamnavoe goes from Scrabster (near Thurso) at the very North of Mainland Scotland to Stromness in the Orkney islands. This is the only ferry that sails past the famous landmark "The Old Man of Hoy", and sails up to six times a day.

Aberdeen to Lerwick

Northlink Ferries run two ships overnight on this route, one in each direction - MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey - the ship set off at teatime and arrive first thing in the morning. One of the ships travels directly, whilst the other stops off every night at Hatston (near Kirkwall) on Orkney.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall / Kirkwall to Lerwick

Northlink Ferries offer a different ferry route Orkney: the indirect ferry from Aberdeen to Hatston (near Kirkwall) in the Orkneys. This is the same ferry that goes to Shetland, departing Aberdeen at teatime, but on certain days of the week it has a late-night stop in Hatston, before continuing on to Shetland near midnight.