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Ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall

There are around 2 weekly sailings from Lerwick to Kirkwall. The Lerwick Kirkwall ferry is operated by Northlink Ferries. Lerwick Kirkwall Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get the latest pricing and availability for your ferry trip.

Lerwick to Kirkwall Ferry Times

Ferries from Lerwick to Kirkwall typically depart from Lerwick at around 17:30. The average sailing time of a Kirkwall Lerwick ferry is approximately 5h 30m.

Lerwick Kirkwall Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Lerwick Kirkwall ferries typically range between €24* and €289*. The average price is around €139*. The cheapest ferry prices from Lerwick to Kirkwall start from €21*. The average price for a foot passenger is €52*. The average price for a car ferry is €182*.

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

What is the distance between Lerwick and Kirkwall?

The distance between Lerwick to Kirkwall is approximately 148.7 miles (239.3km), or 129.2 nautical miles.

Is there a Lerwick Kirkwall car ferry?

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

Are foot passengers allowed on the Lerwick Kirkwall ferry?

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

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Shetland Islands to Orkney Islands page.
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Lerwick - Kirkwall Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Northlink Ferries
Average Price 177 €*
Average Weekly Sailings 2
Average Sailing Duration 5h 30m
First Ferry 17:30
Distance 129 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 Lerwick to Kirkwall?

The approximate duration for ferries from Lerwick to Kirkwall is 5h 30m. Durations can vary by operator and season.

Which ferry companies operate between Lerwick to Kirkwall?

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

How can I book ferry tickets from Lerwick to Kirkwall?

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

Lerwick Guide

The town of Lerwick is the main port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The town which is located on the east coast of Shetland is roughly 160 km off the north east coast of Scotland, 340 km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and 370 km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town has many amenities which one would normally expect to see in much larger towns on the British mainland which include leisure and entertainment facilities with a good selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The town is centred around its busy harbour while Hay’s Dock was once the centre of Shetland’s fishing industry and boatbuilding and is now home to the splendid Shetland Museum and Archives.

The port, which lies at the crossroads of the North Sea and the north east Atlantic, is the UK's most northern port. The port has a new elevated passenger walkway to facilitate the new roll-on, roll-off ferries. There are daily ferry services operating between Lerwick and Aberdeen, regularly calling at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. The Shetland Islands Council also operate a ro-ro ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of the town.

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.

Lerwick to Kirkwall Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 08/07/2024 and 14/07/2024

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Northlink Ferries 17:30 23:00 5 hours 30 minutes Tue, Thu, Sat
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