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Pentland Ferries

Pier Road | St Margaret's Hope, Gills KW17 2SW, Scotland
+44 800 688 8998
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Fast crossing, no sickness!

The Pentland Firth is a notoriously bad stretch of water to cross, and I'd used the Scrabster ferry... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nightscentedstock
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Truro, United Kingdom
Smooth Ferry.

We enjoyed our crossing to mainland Orkney. Our ferry boat experience was great. They efficiently... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie D
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Waterloo, Canada
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Pentland Ferries is a family run business which operates a ferry crossing across the Pentland Firth. The purpose-built catamaran, MV Pentalina, sails from St Margaret's Hope in Orkney to Gills Bay in Caithness running 3 return crossings per day in winter and 4 return crossings per day in the summer months. The journey by ferry takes just one hour making it the shortest sailing to or from Orkney with your car.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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Pier Road | St Margaret's Hope, Gills KW17 2SW, Scotland
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+44 800 688 8998
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Pentland Firth is a notoriously bad stretch of water to cross, and I'd used the Scrabster ferry a couple of times before, and had been very ill, so we tried this as a shorter (and cheaper) crossing. We were lucky and had a smooth...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our crossing to mainland Orkney. Our ferry boat experience was great. They efficiently loaded the ferry, the crossing was very smooth that day, and the disembarking was smooth also. They do serve food on board at a tiny cafeteria, but we didn't try...More

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

BE AWARE! I went to book with Pentland Ferries, but got auto transferred to AFerry (Also reviewed on TripAdvisor) who took my Credit Card details without revealing I had been transferred, or who they were. (Foolish I know, but I am 81 years old!) I...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very efficient service. Staff very helpful. Quiet Terminals at both ends, easy access. Fabulous views of the Peatland Firth.

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely smooth crossing on the Pentalina. The boat inside is much to be desired though and although newish could do with modernisation. Strong smell of cooking in the lounge. Toilets weren’t the cleanest but overall nice journey and quick turnout in port.

Thank George G
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

This journey was a good experience. Impressed by the efficiency of the staff parking the vehicles...Good view from the deck, lot of seats up there, I liked the cafe , very affordable and tasty.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Fantastic booking system - why do so many people try and do it the modern way???? Ring up,book, note your reservation number - simple. Very efficient loading, left on time, smooth trip ditto on return. Who can ask for more - it des what it...More

Thank Jo W
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

If you are going to the Orkneys this trip from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope is short and with this being a catamaran it is more stable than normal boats. However, if you can, book in advance. We did and were so glad that...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Both trips to and from Gill's Bay & St.Margaret's Hope were perfect ! Thank goodness we had reserved, as the return tripwas totally full. Every stepof the process was flawless and we enjoyed every minute of the trips. We also ate at the cafe in...More

Thank Alan C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The journey itself was fab. A little rough due to the currents even on quite a still day. The real gem is the cafe at Gill's Bay. Fresh food prepared to order and great value for money. A must while you wait for your ferry.

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kaysib1
12 July 2018|
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Response from PentlandFerriesSMH | Property representative |
Hi Kaysib, The X1 bus departs Kirkwall Travel Centre at 1515 on a Saturday arriving at the ferry terminal at 1545. We would recommend you catch this bus in order to be at the ferry in plenty of time for boarding. Thank... More
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Eleanor M
27 April 2018|
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Response from FloydBaran | Reviewed this property |
No Passport needed if you are traveling from mainland Scotland
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zelig148
18 April 2018|
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Response from PentlandFerriesSMH | Property representative |
Yes you can take dogs on the ferry. They must either stay in the vehicle on the car deck or they can be taken onto the top sun deck for the duration of the journey.
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