Pentland Ferries

Pentland Ferries offer crossings between the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands.

Book Pentland Ferries today with – All Pentland Ferries routes available to book including Gills Bay and St Margarets Hope.

Pentland Ferries counts two ships in their fleet: the MV Claymore and the Pentalina B. The facilities onboard are kept to the strict necessary as the crossings are just under 1 hour, however, there are nice relaxing lounges with views across the Firth and a cafeteria with snack bar and toilets.

A family-owned Ferry company, Pentland Ferries has been offering crossings between the Pentland Firth and the Orkney islands since 2001.

Pentland Ferries - Routes

Timetables Number of Crossings Duration
Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope up to 3 per Week approx. 1 hr
St Margarets Hope - Gills Bay up to 4 per Week approx. 1 hr

Pentland Ferries - Find out more

What does my Pentland 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.

Pentland Ferries - Ports

Pentland Ferries - Pet Booking Information

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

You can take your cat or dog on your Pentland Ferries sailing. When you select your preferred route, simply select the number of dogs or cats that you are travelling with. If the option is not available, please contact us.

Pets are free to travel but must remain on the outer decks or in your vehicle on the car deck.

More About Pentland Ferries

Pentland Ferries' latest ship, the MV Pentalina, is more environmentally-friendly compared with other operators, and connects to a cleaner shoreside electricity supply overnight, making it far "greener" than older ferries.

The Pentalina features state-of-the-art technology and reduces the journey time to approximately 1 hour, making it the fastest car and passenger ferry to Orkney. The Pentalina is also bigger than MV Claymore, and is able to accommodate 9 articulated lorries, more than 30 cars and 250 passengers. In peak season we can accommodate 346 passengers.

Pentland Ferries' top priority is the comfort and safety of their passengers, making the Pentalina a great way to travel for a trouble- and stress-free journey - once you have taken in the stunning views of Orkney and Caithness from the sundeck or one of the two lounges, you will arrive refreshed and ready to continue your journey.

One of the best things about ferry travel in this part of the world is the wildlife on show: Common Seals and Grey Seals can be spotted basking on the shores of Stroma and Swona and depending on the season, you could see porpoises, killer whales, dolphins and even basking sharks.

Pentland Ferries offer up to 4 departures daily each way during peak travel months, making up to 50 crossings on the Pentland Firth each week at peak times, and the shorter, more sheltered crossing between Gill’s Bay and St. Margaret’s Hope is less susceptible to high waves than other more exposed routes.