Pentland Ferries

Pentland Ferries offers the fastest available crossing from Scotland to the Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the mainland’s northeast coast, across the Pentland Firth.

Founded in 2001 by the Banks family, Pentland Ferries provides an affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly service, using just 26% of the fuel and 33% of the CO2 per crossing used by other leading ferry companies in the region, making Pentland Ferries at least three times greener. This was made possible with the introduction of a new catamaran in 2007, The Pentalina, reducing the journey time by roughly an hour, and built with state-of-the-art safety technology and the capacity for over three hundred passengers and thirty cars.

The Pentalina takes you through the more sheltered region of the Pentland Firth for half the journey, between Gill’s Bay and St Margaret’s Hope, ensuring a smooth sailing due to the absence of large waves typically encountered on these waters. The other half takes you across the beautiful Scapa Flow, where you’re likely to spot some of the wonderful local wildlife including orcas, puffins and seals from the vessel’s glorious open-air deck.

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Pentland Ferries Customer Reviews

  • "Ashes"

    My daughter and I went to Orkney to scatter my husbands ashes today as that’s what he wanted done, it was very nice and the ferry over and back was great. Thank you for sorting this so we could go over and back the same day.

    'Sheena' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "Excellent service"

    Great service, friendly, helpful staff, would definitely use again

    'Antony' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "Trip to Orkney"

    Very professional crew. I’m amazed at how many vehicles could be stowed on the ferry. Kept to the schedule. We enjoyed the trip!

    'Charles' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "Trip to Orkney"

    Excellent booking in and friendly staff.

    'Tony' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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