NorthLink Ferries
NorthLink Ferries
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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 Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland - with four of these sailings going via Orkney's capital, Kirkwall.
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  • Anderly
    Paisley, United Kingdom22 contributions
    Outstanding service is the norm for NorthLink ferries
    Thank you to all the staff at Lerwick terminal for their help getting my car booked onto the ferry earlier this week. I appreciate that with one ferry in dry dock and Delting Up Helly Aa things were busier than usual. I have travelled numerous times with Northlink and it is never a problem to alter your booking, adding or removing services. The Feast restaurant is reasonably priced and the food freshly cooked. Enjoyed both dinner and breakfast on our latest journey. Cabins are clean and comfortable and the perfect hideaway when travelling with children. Fragrance prices onboard are comparable with store on mainland. Onboard staff are very professional and helpful. Thank you very much for all your help on my latest trip.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Neil D
    Helensburgh, United Kingdom49 contributions
    POD booking saved my life
    Caught 23:45 from Kirkwall to Aberdeen. Moderate weather, but just being able to recline was worth every penny. I was not expecting them to be that good … better than some premium economy planes. I am 6 foot 2 and managed a lovely 5 hours and reduced sea sickness risk
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Gav G
    North Berwick, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Northlink Ferries MV Hamnavoe - a great experience
    Three colleagues and I sailed on the MV Hamnavoe to Orkney for work in May 2023. The whole experience was excellent from the word go. A helpful lady checked our van in, the change of registration was not a problem. Staff were very friendly and upbeat, happy to chat and offer advice. The food was FAR better than expected, we had delicious lamb rogan josh. The ferry was not crowded at all, we easily found places to sit or snooze. Upon arrival departure was swift and easy. Overall, top notch.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 17 May 2023
  • NHDeutschland
    Hochstadt, Germany23 contributions
    Take Northlink to Orkney
    We took MV Hamnavoe to get from the Mainland to Orkney. It was a very busy afternoon. Nevertheless all staff stayed very friendly and helpful - a really professional team. We enjoyed a wonderful, but - due to the sea - bumpy time on board. On our way to Stromness we saw the amazing Cliffs of Hoy with the Old Man of Hoy greeting the ferry. This ferry connection is not only a mean of transport, but a little adventure itself.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Veronica H
    202 contributions
    Great ferry ride on Northlink Ferries
    We took the evening ferry from Scabster to to Stromness as walk ons. It was a bit rowdy with footballers, so we were very pleased to find the lovely Magnus Lounge that was quiet, clean, comfortable and well stocked. The views of the Orkneys on the way up were fantastic, we wished we had taken the ferry back too instead of flying!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • EwanMac
    Sydney, Australia99 contributions
    Wonderful Overnight Voyage
    One of the highlights of our European trip was the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick on the Shetlands. It was absolutely fantastic: the cabin was outstanding - extremely well designed with two single beds and superb ensuite. Service was first class and the meals on board really good. If you are ever travelling to the Shetlands then this trip must be considered. Loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • RaibeartAlba
    216 contributions
    Friendly and all over too soon...
    Really pleased to see that, on the Orkney/Caithness run, for once, Northlink provided gluten free choices for a coeliac passenger. Restaurant Manager needs praise for her help and conscientiousness. Cabins are comfortable and clean and the bed was perfect. Beautiful scenery but the crossing is far too short. Great crew. Thank you.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Shieldsman
    455 contributions
    Dogs welcome on the ferry to Stromness
    We chose NorthLink Ferries over Pentland Ferries this year after a Dog Lounge was fitted aboard HAMNAVOE, and we were very impressed with the facility. Our dog was given a complimentary dog biscuit on the outward trip. Previously, I would not use NorthLink as it would mean either leaving our dog in the car, with lots of car alarms going off, or risk the weather on the open deck. Thanks, Northlink.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Andrew M
    10 contributions
    Scrabster to Stromness Ferry
    Excellent service with very friendly crew and shore team. Food good value for money and excellent, comfortable facilities. And all on time both ways (Scrabster to Stress return) with a very slick check in process. Thanks to all involved.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • CraigF84
    Mukilteo, Washington387 contributions
    A Great Way of Visit
    Northlink ferries running from Scrabster to Stromness is a great way to get from the mainland to Orkneys. It is ~90 minute trip and the ferries have a lot of comfortable places to sit. An onboard restaurants and an onboard bar.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
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James B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
LEFT EARLY!!
Arrived at Stromness terminal just prior to check in closing. Was told that check in had already closed and they had already disconnected the foot passenger ramp. Luckily I sill had friends on the island and wasn't left to fend for myself for the night. However it if that wasn't the case it would have been a very cold night sleeping outside the terminal.

Next day the ferry set sail at 1626 when the scheduled departure is 1645!!!

Be at the terminal way before their suggested time as they will just decide to leave when ever suits them and ignore their own timetable.
Nothing on their website that says they will change departure times last minute.

The terminal staff were very nice and tried to get me on but Ferry staff refused.

NORTHLINK -
ADVERTISE THAT YOUR TIMETABLE IS FLEXIBLE
SET CHECK IN CLOSING 1HR PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE
Written 21 February 2024
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LucyR
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Worst nights sleep ever. If we slept outside on the deck we’d have slept better . As per usual all cabins were booked up well in advance so resorted to booking a pod as thought atleast we’d get somewhere to sleep. How wrong were we? The most uncomfortable sleep ever, our legs dangled over the edge of the seats but couldn’t reach the footrests when chairs were reclined. Tiny blankets that would hardly cover my 4 year old niece never mind adults and a whole room of snoring. Only upside was Magnus lounge was nice and peaceful before the horrendous pod experience.
Written 19 February 2024
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sharon w
Carlisle, UK4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I'm a carer & was going to the Shetland Islands for a month,the staff were all absolutely amazing 👏 you couldn't fault a single one,smiling,cheerful and friendly 😀
On my return a week later there was a problem but once again the Captain and Crew were all on hand to help me out,I'd just like to say a massive thankyou to all of you it really did mean alot & although I won't be returning I've got to say that all the crew were honestly the best people I met through the entire weeks experience ♥️ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Sharon Watson xxxxx
Written 14 December 2023
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Faedanorth
Lerwick, UK273 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Cabins are very small and expensive. We were able to use the Magnus Lounge (it's extra) which means your meal will arrive hot, as opposed to being lukewarm if you use the cafeteria, and queue for food, queue to pay, gather your cutlery, find a table etc.
Breakfast, which is included in the cost for the Magnus Lounge, is continental and good. Having to use the lower car deck is a real pain, with a number of cars to squeeze past and then three flights of steep stairs to negotiate.
Written 19 November 2023
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YHZGlobetrotter
Waverley, Canada816 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were so impressed by the level of service provided by Northlink. They know how to use every available space on those ferries. They guide you on and off with precision and courtesy. The passenger seating onboard was very comfortable and spacious. The food on offer was extremely tasty with lots of choices. While we were enjoying our breakfast one of the lady servers kindly approached us and gave us a map of things to see and places to go when we got to Orkney and told us about an “app” we should download to help us get around. She also pointed out the Old Man of Hoy, rock formation, as we were passing. We were very impressed with this ferry ride.
Written 15 November 2023
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Deetay
Dundee, UK23 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
On bucket list to do overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick for few days. Great experience although due to tail-end of Storm Ciaran rough crossing going over. Different story coming back and enjoyable. We had a premium outside cabin both ways. Brilliant. Super clean, comfortable, TV, nice shower and lovely tea tray. Nice perks with the Magnus Lounge and though I couldn't face eating or drinking on the ferry over, we had delicious burger and fish and chips on the way back. Felt £110 for a cabin wasn't overpriced considering the perks that come with it. Nice shop and staff too. Definitely recommend. As for Lerwick/Shetland ..... didn't disappoint..... gorgeous.
Written 6 November 2023
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francophileonthemove
Lot-et-Garonne, France1,213 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
I usually fly from Lerwick to Aberdeen and vice versa but decided to take the ferry for the experience. I was in an Executive cabin with Magnus lounge access. As a foot passenger, check in and boarding were super easy and my cabin perfect with a great refreshment tray and very comfortable bunk. It was spotlessly clean. The Magnus lounge is great and the staff helpful. The wifi is fantastic.

It’s also great value for money. My premium cabin, dinner, breakfast, two free drinks and lounge access was cheaper than a night in a mid-range hotel.

The highlight of the trip was an air - sea rescue practice exercise with a coastguard helicopter! Much more interesting than TV!

I slept well and arrived in Aberdeen refreshed. Highly recommended.
Written 29 October 2023
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Mike M
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our week on the Shetland Islands was bookended by the ferry trips from Aberdeen to Lerwick, and our experience was excellent.

The trip over was comfortable, and the sports entertainment was the World Cup rugby, followed by a great night's sleep.

Our return was interrupted by storm Babet, which closed a lot of Scotland from Thursday 19th October 2023, our booked return on Saturday night was deferred to Sunday morning, and the trip was rough, but the staff, who had been stranded in Lerwick for 3 days, were absolutely brilliant, I had a great trip, and enjoyed every minute of the time.
Written 22 October 2023
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Roger F
49 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Some people complain about the cost of this service. I regularly travel by ferry from the Isle of Wight to mainland England (the North Island). The journey, on a good day takes 22 minutes, single, and costs about £16.50 for a senior. My journey from Aberdeen to Lerwick cost exactly double and took 14.5 hours. What are people complaining about? Northlink, for all its faults is well up there alongside Brittany Ferries for service, cleanliness and food. We'll done.
Written 27 August 2023
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susan h
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A massive thank you to the staff onboard the evening ferry to Orkney last night. The staff were amazing with my elderly parents when my dad was taken ill. The staff were wonderful and helped my mum with him. First Class Service
THANK YOU
Written 23 August 2023
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