Ports – Stromness

Stromness Ferry Terminal can be found at Orkney’s main gateway – the busy port of Stromness. Dating from the 17th century, Stromness owes its origins to its excellent harbour.

Today, visitors and residents alike can stroll through the cobbled streets enjoying the range of craft shops, tremendous views of the harbour and the excellent dining opportunities.

Before travelling please remember to check the Service Update webpage.

Stromness Bus, Ferry, and Airport Connections

Stromness is 16 miles from Kirkwall, 9 miles from Finstown and 19 miles from Kirkwall Airport.

  • Bus
    In Stromness, buses stop opposite the ferry terminal. Buses are operated by Stagecoach.
    There is a bus service from Stromness which connects with evening ferries to/from Hatston.
    View the Hatston connecting bus information
  • Inter-Island Ferries
    Orkney Ferries operate a regular passenger ferry service from Stromness to Graemsay and Hoy and also operate all other inter-island services.
  • Airport
    Kirkwall Airport is located 19 miles from Stromness. There is a regular bus service from Stromness to Kirkwall, and from Kirkwall to the airport, operated by Stagecoach. Inter-island services are operated by Loganair.

Stromness Terminal Facilities

  • Ticket Sales and Enquiries
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Luggage area with lockers
  • Hot and Cold Drinks Vending Machines
  • Lift
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilet
Stromness Ferry Terminal Accessibility information

Parking at Stromness Terminal

Car parking (hourly/daily rates apply) is available nearby the Stromness Terminal:

Short Stay (Pay and Display):
The Stromness Ferry Terminal car park is operated by Orkney Islands Council and located just outside Stromness Ferry Terminal.
The Ferry Inn car park is operated by Orkney Islands Council and located outside the Ferry Inn opposite the Stromness Ferry Terminal.

Long Stay (Free of Charge):
The Ferry Road car park is operated by Orkney Islands Council and located opposite the harbour, north of Stromness Ferry Terminal.
The Old Academy car park is operated by Orkney Islands Council and located above the old town, off Back Road and opposite Downies Lane.

Checking in at Stromness

Check-in for the 06:30 sailing will open 60 minutes prior to departure. Passengers who have reserved an overnight cabin should check in and board for the 06:30 sailing from Stromness between 21:30 – 23:30 the previous evening. For all other sailings check-in will open 90 minutes prior to departure. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure.

Check-in closes 30 minutes prior to departure.

Stromness Ferry Terminal Opening Hours

Monday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Tuesday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Wednesday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Thursday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Friday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Saturday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30
Sunday05:30 - 16:4520:00 - 23:30

Streetview tour of the Stromness Terminal

Greener travel – Electric charging infrastructure

Visit the Zap-map website or download the app to view electric charge points in the locality.

Greener travel – Active Travel

Transport Scotland is committed to increasing levels of cycling and walking for transport and leisure. It goes without saying that walking and cycling benefits an individual’s physical health, but it also provides wider mental health and wellbeing benefits, reduces environmental impacts and helps to keep people’s transport costs down. 

Transport Scotland is committed to making it easier for everyone to incorporate active travel choices into their daily routines and Serco NorthLink Ferries shares this vision.

Why not take advantage of walking and cycling options more often?

A storage stand for 6 cycles is available outside the terminal building as well as a bike repair stand with tools.

Bicycle Rental Services available:
Orkney Cycle Hire, 54 Dundas Street, Stromness, KW16 3DA. Tel. +44 (0) 1856 850255
Cycle Orkney, Tankerness Lane, Kirkwall, KW15 1AQ. Tel. +44 (0) 1856 875777

Cycling Path information is available: https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/C/Cycle-Paths-and-Parking.htm

Greener travel – Car-sharing

Why not consider sharing your car journeys with people on similar routes / times? This helps to save money and improve our local air quality and wellbeing.