Port of Kirkwall

Ferries and Ferry Companies Operating
(Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK)

The main company operating from the Port of Kirkwall is NorthLink Ferries. The ferry operator runs three services a week to both Aberdeen in Scotland and Lerwick on Mainland Island, Shetlands.

Orkney Ferries operates the Inter Islands ferry network.

NorthLink Ferries Company

NorthLink Ferries is a reputed and well established ferry company providing car ferry services to the Shetland and Orkney Islands. The company has a fleet of three highly advanced ships. All of the three crafts have the capacity of carrying 600 passengers plus cargo and cars. The vessels were constructed in Finland at the world renowned Aker Finnyards shipyard.

Onboard facilities include an a la carte restaurant, club lounge, shop and children's play area, during high season onboard entertainment, all year round multi screen viewing, cabins equipped with twin beds and for families the availability of a number of cabins with additional drop-down beds.

On the overnight services there are four designated cabins available for physically disabled passengers. NortLink's staff will assist travellers either from the vehicle deck or through the terminal with a wheelchair if necessary. Walkways provide the option to use motorised wheelchairs from the ferry to the terminal and vice versa. Those who need assistance are highy recommended to notify the company in advance.

From the port of Kirkwall NorthLink Ferries provides routes to Aberdeen and Lerwick. The service to Aberdeen is available three times weekly with a crossing time of six hours, while the sea voyage to Lerwick takes about 7 hours, 45 minutes. The company's head office is located in Kirkwall and the telephone number is: +44 8456 000449.

Orkney Ferries Company

Orkney Ferries' nine vessels operate ferry services between Orkney mainland and 13 of the small islands including the North Isles, Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre, Shapinsay, Greamsay and North Hoy and Hoy and Flotta. Their services are mainly for tourists who want to explore the Orkney Islands. For detailed information, the telephone number of their office in Kirkwall is: +44 1856 872044.

Kirkwall Port

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