BONE VOYAGE: NorthLink Ferries opens dog lounge on MV Hamnavoe

Monday 15th May 2023

Serco NorthLink Ferries now offers access to its new indoor dog lounge on board MV Hamnavoe, which operates 90-minute crossings between Scrabster in the Scottish Highlands and Stromness in Orkney.

Owners can now travel with their dog in the new upper deck lounge while enjoying a splendid sea view. The lounge is equipped with dog bowls and biscuits for canine customers to enjoy, in addition to modern furnishings and power sockets for their owners’ convenience.

Billy Robb, Customer Service Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “Orkney is famous for its dramatic landscapes, expansive green spaces and beaches, making the islands an ideal holiday destination for those looking to spend time with their pet.

“We are also aware that many of our Islander passengers enjoy travelling south with their dogs. After working for some time on this new enhanced option, we’re thrilled to see the dog lounge open and in action on MV Hamnavoe.”

The dog lounge has space to accommodate up to eight dogs at a time. Priority will be given to those with a booking, so customers are encouraged to reserve a free place in the dog lounge when finalising their travel. Dog lounge entry can also be added to a previously made booking online, or by contacting NorthLink Ferries.

NorthLink Ferries welcomes pets on all its passenger vessels and this initiative follows the success of pet-friendly cabins, introduced in recent years on MV Hjaltland, MV Hrossey and MV Hamnavoe. Pet owners also have the option to pre-book their pet into the on-board kennels or keep their pet in their vehicle for the crossing.

Visit to find out more about pet-friendly travel options with NorthLink Ferries.

Header image: Inside the dog lounge on MV Hamnavoe photo © Copyright Jonathon Bulter