Book a Kirkwall Ferry

Kirkwall ferry port in Orkney Islands is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Aberdeen & Lerwick available. With a selection of up to 7 Sailings Weekly, the port of Kirkwall connects Orkney Islands with Scotland & Shetland Islands.

Sailing durations range from 7 hours 15 minutes on the Aberdeen service to 7 hours 45 minutes on the Lerwick service.

Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Kirkwall fare search.


Kirkwall Ferry Services

  • Northlink Ferries
    • 3 Sailings Weekly 7 hr 15 min
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  • Northlink Ferries
    • 4 Sailings Weekly 7 hr 45 min
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Kirkwall Guide

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands. The town is first mentioned in the Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046. Founded by Earl Rognvald Brusason, the City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall is the capital and administrative centre of Orkney. The name comes from the Old Norse, 'Kirkjuvagar' meaning 'church-bay' and refers to a much older church than the present day Cathedral. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. Kirkwall's geography takes a little working out, but is in reality pretty straightforward. Harbour Street runs east to west along the waterfront, with the port facilities extending to its north. It is connected to the south by the medieval dog-leg pattern of Bridge Street and Albert Street to Kirkwall's other main point of focus, Broad Street. This in turn is fronted by St Magnus Cathedral, the Tourist Information Centre, the Town Hall, and the Orkney Museum.