NorthLink Ferries ship at Hatston terminal, Kirkwall, Orkney

Kirkwall (Hatston)

Hatston Quay, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RQ, United Kingdom

Kirkwall (Hatston) Ferry Terminal is located on the outskirts of Kirkwall. Kirkwall itself is the historic capital of Orkney and is located centrally on the main island. Kirkwall is 16 miles from Stromness, 7 miles from Finstown and 15 miles from St. Margaret’s Hope. Hatston ferry terminal is located 2-3 miles from the centre of Kirkwall.

  • Kirkwall by Air
    Kirkwall Airport is located three miles from the town. There is a regular bus service operated by Stagecoach. Air services to the outer islands are operated by Loganair.
  • Kirkwall by Bus
    Kirkwall Bus Station is located near the centre of Kirkwall, and is marked on the map below. Stagecoach operate services throughout Orkney.
    NorthLink operate a bus service to connect with ferries to/from Hatston.
    Visit our Hatston connecting bus page for more information
  • Kirkwall by Sea
    Orkney Ferries operate regular ferry services from Kirkwall to Shapinsay, Stronsay, Sanday, Eday, Westray, Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay.

Hatston Ferrry Terminal

Kirkwall (Hatston) Terminal Facilities

  • Ticket Sales and Enquiries
  • Hot and Cold Drinks Vending Machines
  • Lift
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilet

Please note there is no left luggage facility. Bags are left at owner’s risk.

Kirkwall (Hatston) Ferry Terminal Accessibility information

Hatston Ferrry Terminal interior

Parking at Kirkwall (Hatston) Ferry Terminal

There is a long stay car park provided by Orkney Islands Council located 500 metres from the terminal building.

Checking in at Kirkwall (Hatston)

Foot passengers should note that the Kirkwall (Hatston) Ferry Terminal is situated some two miles out of town.

As the call at Hatston will always be part of a ‘through’ sailing between Aberdeen and Lerwick, the ship will arrive in port approximately 45 minutes before the scheduled departure.

Boarding will only commence after all passengers and vehicles have disembarked from the incoming vessel.

All passengers disembarking at Kirkwall are asked to retain their boarding card during the voyage for use as a landing pass on arrival at Kirkwall.

Check-in at Hatston opens two hours and forty five minutes prior to departure. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure.

Final check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.

Kirkwall (Hatston) Ferry Terminal Opening Hours

Monday21:00 - 23:45
Monday *CLOSED
Tuesday21:00 - 23:45
Tuesday *CLOSED
Wednesday21:00 - 23:45
Thursday21:00 - 23:45
Friday21:00 - 23:45
Saturday21:00 - 23:45
Sunday21:00 - 23:45
* Closed from 1st Jan - 31st Mar, and 1st Nov - 31st Dec.

Streetview tour of the Kirkwall (Hatston) Terminal


Hatston Freight & Livestock Check-in, Kirkwall

Monday08:00 – 19:00
20:00 – 23:00 (March to October only)
Tuesday20:00 – 23:00 (March to October only)
Wednesday to Saturday08:00 – 10:00
14:00 – 17:00
20:00 – 24:00
Sunday20:00 – 23:00
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