Ports – Stromness
Stromness Ferry Terminal, Ferry Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BH, United Kingdom
NorthLink Ferries operate from Stromness Ferry Terminal, which 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.
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.
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.
- Accessible Toilet.
- Accessible Entry.
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
|Monday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Tuesday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Wednesday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Thursday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Friday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Saturday||05:30 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
|Sunday||07:15 - 16:45||20:00 - 00:00|
Between Monday 31st January 2022 to Sunday 13th February 2022 the Stromness Ferry Terminal will be open from 09:00 to 16:45 (Monday to Sunday) and the Customer Contact Centre will be open from 08:00 to 20:00. (Monday to Sunday).
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
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.