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Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall

There are around 3 weekly sailings from Aberdeen to Kirkwall. The Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry is operated by Northlink Ferries. Aberdeen Kirkwall Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get the latest pricing and availability for your ferry trip.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Times

Ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall typically depart from Aberdeen at around 17:00. The average sailing time of a Kirkwall Aberdeen ferry is approximately 6h 0m.

Aberdeen Kirkwall Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Aberdeen Kirkwall ferries typically range between €76* and €485*. The average price is around €326*. The cheapest ferry prices from Aberdeen to Kirkwall start from €31*. The average price for a foot passenger is €126*. The average price for a car ferry is €407*.

Pricing will vary by season and depend on the number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

What is the distance between Aberdeen and Kirkwall?

The distance between Aberdeen to Kirkwall is approximately 140.6 miles (226.2km), or 122.1 nautical miles.

Is there a Aberdeen Kirkwall car ferry?

Yes, Northlink Ferries offer a car ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Aberdeen and Kirkwall.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Aberdeen Kirkwall ferry?

Yes, foot passengers can travel on ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Orkney Islands page.
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Aberdeen - Kirkwall Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Northlink Ferries
Average Price 415 €*
Average Weekly Sailings 3
Average Sailing Duration 6h 0m
First Ferry 17:00
Distance 122 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

The approximate duration for ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall is 6h. Durations can vary by operator and season.

Which ferry companies operate between Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

There is 1 ferry operator for ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall and this is
  • Northlink Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Aberdeen to Kirkwall?

Book Aberdeen to Kirkwall tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.

Aberdeen Guide

The Granite City, as Aberdeen is sometimes called is located in the north east of Scotland, and is Scotland's third most populous city. The city's two universities help to make the city a lively place to spend time. The city also plays an important role in the North Sea oil industry with the city's heliport being one of the busiest in the world.

Aberdeen has a long sandy beach located between the River Dee and the River Don. To the south of the River Dee there are steep rocky cliff faces with pebbly beaches and deep inlets. The area is good for rock climbing and a result of some of the granite outcrops having been quarried in the past.

The city's harbour started out as a fishing port and then moved on to steam trawlers and the oil industry. it is now a major port of departure for the Baltic and Scandinavia with major exports including fertiliser, granite, and chemicals.

Kirkwall Guide

The town of Kirkwall is located in the Orkney islands and is the island's largest town and capital. The town's name is taken from the Norse name Kirkjuvage (Church Bay) which was later changed to Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and then finally to Kirkwall. The Orkney's are located off the north east coast of Scotland and one of Kirkwall's most popular attractions is the sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, regarded as the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. Other sites of interest in one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town include the Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace.

Kirkwall is now a thriving market town and has a busy centre with many shops and restaurants. Visitors will find a wide range of accommodation on the island that caters for long and short stays, bed and breakfast or self-catering. Ferry services from Orkney depart to Aberdeen (6 hours), Scrabster (90 minutes) and John O'Groats.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 15/07/2024 and 21/07/2024

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Northlink Ferries 17:00 23:00 6 hours Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
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