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

  • "Great Trip but Online booking not easy"

    Waiting for confirmation of bookings without any opportunity to give alternative times/dates made booking our trip most difficult. However, the Pentland Ferry service was excellent and a seemless trip was experienced both to and from St Margaret's Hope on the Orkney Islands.

    'Elizabeth' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "Trip "

    Exceptional weather made the crossing more enjoyable

    'Freddie' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "second to none"

    Everything to my liking,staff great at loading and unloading the ferry in a fast and efficient safe manor. Left each port on time and arrived on time,plenty food if required. Positioning of cars on the car deck first class. Yours sincerely and fraternally James F McGhee

    'James McGhee' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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  • "Visiter les Orcades"

    Le ferry Gill's Bay - St Margaret's Hope est un des plus courts (1 heure de trajet en tout) pour relier la Grande Bretagne aux iles Orcades. Un autre avantage pour nous est que le gite que nous avons loué se trouve à 5 minutes en voiture de St Margaret's Hope. Très bon rapport qualité/prix, rapidité, ponctualité sont les 3 critères qui nous ont fait apprécier ce service. Et allez aux Orcades ! c'est une expérience inoubliable.

    'Emmanuel' travelled with Pentland Ferries

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