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Very good ship, great staff

Took the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick, via Kirkwall, Orkney. The ferry only operates... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Very very rough

I’ve been doing this crossing for mor than 40 years now, thought my wife and 15 year old daughter... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Graeme K
Bridge Of Earn, United Kingdom
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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...more
Stromness Ferry Terminal Ferry Road | Ferry Terminal, Stromness KW16 3BH, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

To rest instead of going down the Orkney road to England we had the unfortunate idea of taking the night ferry from Kirkwall to Aberdeen. We had reserved a cabin but we could not sleep at night due to the noise of the engines in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank TangoGrenoble
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick, via Kirkwall, Orkney. The ferry only operates overnight, so whilst we went via Orkney you don't actually visit as such - we were fast asleep in any case and didn't even know we'd taken the detour... Very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank boristhecatto2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been doing this crossing for mor than 40 years now, thought my wife and 15 year old daughter would love it. Sadly we had huge winds and even the cups and glasses were smashed from the bar. In saying that we survived and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Graeme K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment you are onboard either with your vehicle, bike or just hiking. The NorthLink system is on time. Purchase your tickets in advance if traveling with a vehicle. You can also purchase a light breakfast. The ship is spacious and comfortable. I would...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 18RicH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Hamnavoe over from Scrabster in the morning. We purchased the B&B option and spend the night on the get in Stromness before sailing back the next morning. The breakfast in the morning was buffet. It was what you'd expect from a buffet...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank compton49er
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I always plan to take the MV Hamnevoe around mealtimes. They have an excellent Galley (restaurant) with the freshest fish and other foods for the fishless. Since being a landscape photographer the trip is planed around photographing the sandstone cliffs along the west shore of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Yrneh1
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Northlink are such a good ferry company rarely do you come across a travel company now who dont charged you to change a ticket and the staff in both Kirkwall and Scrabster are helpful and polite. The ferry is clean and very rarely put off...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank stevenobrien129a
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Always good service and most comfortable trips. My wife and I live in Orkney and always use Northlink, Apart from us getting Islander discount we would still use this ferry company as all their boats are so comfortable. We often travel the Kirkwall Aberdeen route...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank skyyaker
Reviewed 31 December 2018

A friend and I took the overnight North Link ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands in May of this year. We both booked cabins and also paid extra to have a meal in the Magnus Lounge. I was very excited to visit...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Jean O
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

Used North Link ferries again to visit Orkney and this was the best they had been. Traveled on the 12:00 departure on Saturday 22nd December. The attendant at the drive up booth was courteous called me by my name as we had pre booked and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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22 June 2018|
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Response from rfraser3107 | Reviewed this property |
We traveled from Aberdeen in January, I think it is very rare for the ferry to be cancelled. There service was excellent so I imagine they would have a plan.
5 March 2018|
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Response from tedjrobinson | Reviewed this property |
I had to make amendments to our travel and staff are very friendly and helpful. the more notice the better
10 February 2018|
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Response from NorthLink | Property representative |
Hello, I am assuming you are planning to travel to Orkney as they are the sailings that arrive in late in the evening from Aberdeen. We also travel from Scrabster to Stromness with two sailings to Stromness, Orkney in the... More