Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry

Connecting the city of Aberdeen in the north of Scotland with the town of Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, this ferry route provides a critical link between the Orkneys and the mainland of Scotland.

From the city of Aberdeen, known as the Granite City, thanks to its location near a large quarry of granite, and most of the city’s buildings being made of granite, as well as its perfect location on the coast, surrounded by beaches and cliffsides, as well as its own lively atmosphere. To the town of Kirkwall, the capital and the largest town on the island, and is known for the large sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, as well as the well-preserved Norse town, making this the perfect place to visit for historically curious visitors.

With up to 4 ferries running per week, provided by 1 ferry operator, there is no shortage of ferries to choose from, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Aberdeen - Kirkwall Ferry Operators

Aberdeen Kirkwall Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Aberdeen Kirkwall route is a car and 2 passengers.

Aberdeen Kirkwall Ferry reviews

  • "Sailing through the night"

    I didn't have much of a chance to appreciate the sailing as I was asleep in my pod from 15 minutes after boarding at Kirkwall to 15 minutes before arriving in Aberdeen

    'Tim' travelled Aberdeen Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries

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  • "Great service"

    I was not intending to use passenger assistance when I booked the trip but I’d had surgery so needed some help. The crew on both port and ferry were above and beyond. I’d trave with you every time I come up to Scotland in the future. Well done and thank you for making my trip so special.

    'Cathy' travelled Aberdeen Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries

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  • "Very straightforward "

    Our journey was fine- calm and comfortable. The cabin was good and we both slept very well. Couldn't have gone any better

    'Jennifer' travelled Aberdeen Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries

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  • "Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall "

    Was given very good instructions at time of booking, knew when and where to board and that was helpful. The crossing was comfortable, would highly recommend paying the extra for the tip back seats, so comfy. The on board meal and services were great. Our ship was late in arriving but we were advised right from the beginning and appreciated that.

    'Joy-marie' travelled Aberdeen Kirkwall with Northlink Ferries

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Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this ferry route has up to 4 ferries running per week, provided by 1 ferry operator, but be sure to bear in mind that ferry sailings for this route can be affected by many different factors. These can include seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operator, and so on, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most relevant information when you are making your booking, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

How long does the Ferry to Kirkwall from Aberdeen take?

Ferry sail durations on this ferry route generally take between 6 hours, and 7 hours and 15 minutes, and this variation is caused by numerous reasons, such as changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operator, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail. This means that all sail times that are given here are to be taken as estimates only, and be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

Aberdeen to Kirkwall Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Kirkwall from Aberdeen will cost is defined by many separate aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry operator you are travelling with, which ferry route you are travelling on, how you are travelling, and other such factors, so there are multiple ferry fares on offer here. Instead, we recommend looking at the above graph, to see our monthly fare averages, check out our helpful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Kirkwall from Aberdeen?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.