Let NorthLink Ferries take you on a voyage of discovery to the islands of Orkney and Shetland. With NorthLink Ferries, travelling to Orkney and Shetland is more convenient than ever before. Choose from up to three sailings a day from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland – with four of these sailings going via Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall.

  • Islander information

    Visit this section for travel tips, how to register as an islander, islander fares and more for residents of Orkney and Shetland.

  • Award Winner

    NorthLink were awarded the title of ‘Best Ferry’ at this year’s Guardian and Observer Travel Awards which celebrates the best travel services across the world.

  • Accessibility Options

    NorthLink’s ferries have facilities for disabled passengers, from accessible cabins and toilets, wheelchair access and boarding assistance.

  • Food and Drink

    NorthLink Ferries are proud to offer a menu in our 'Feast' restaurant which showcases and celebrates the variety and quality of locally sourced food and drink!

  • Travel Trade

    NorthLink Ferries are delighted to offer prices, guides and itineraries for the group market travelling to Orkney and Shetland.

  • Freight

    Our ships are designed to carry loads of varying size, from cars to heavy goods vehicles, dangerous goods, live animals and containers.

Your Holiday in Orkney and Shetland

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. Visit our Orkney and Shetland pages below to find out more about what these spectacular islands have to offer!