Pentland Ferries Ltd - Ferry to Orkney

Directions

Travelling from Inverness to Gills Bay takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Take the A9 north bound route out of Inverness. When you reach Latheron take the A99 road to Wick/John O'Groats. Follow the A99 through Wick. Follow the A99 towards John O'Groats. After approximately 15 miles turn left just past Freswick, veer right. Follow the road for approximately one and a half miles, turn left onto the A836 follow the A836 for approximately 2 miles then turn right to the ferry terminal.

Gills Bay is 4miles west of John O'Groats

For satellite navigation postcode for Gills Bay ferry terminal is KW1 4YB

Connections

The nearest train stations are Wick and Thurso. For bus information please go to www.stagecoachbus.co.uk/.

Bus Connections

There are now bus links from Gills Bay to Inverness that connect with almost all of our sailings. If you would like any information on these bus services please go to www.stagecoachbus.com and look up the X99 service. Please note that there is a change at Dunbeath. To book seats please visit www.citylink.co.uk.

For bus links in Orkney please look at service no. X1.

TRAVELLING FROM ORKNEY Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Bus Dept Kirkwall X1 0700 1015 1315 1715 0700 1015 1315 1715 NO BUSES
Bus Arr St. Mgts Hope 0730 1045 1345 1745 0730 1045 1345 1745
Ferry Dept St. Mgts Hope 0745 1115 1445 1800 0745 1115 1445 1800 0745 1115 1445 1800
Ferry Arr Gills Bay 0845 1215 1545 1900 0845 1215 1545 1900 0845 1215 1545 1900
Bus Dept Gills Bay X97/X99 0912 1315 ~ ~ 0912 1315 ~ ~ 0920 1315 ~ ~
Bus Arr Inverness 1243 1643 ~ ~ 1243 1643 ~ ~ 1256 1641 ~ ~
TRAVELLING TO ORKNEY Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Bus Dept Inverness X97/X99 ~ ~ ~ 1440 ~ ~ ~ 1440 ~ ~ ~ 1440
Bus Arr Gills Bay ~ ~ ~ 1811 ~ ~ ~ 1811 ~ ~ ~ 1811
Ferry Dept Gills Bay 0930 1300 1630 1930 0930 1300 1630 1930 0930 1300 1630 1930
Ferry Arr St. Mgts Hope 1030 1400 1730 2030 1030 1400 1730 2030 1030 1400 1730 2030
Bus Dept St. Mgts Hope X1 1101 1445* 1801 2211 1101 1501 1801 2211 NO BUSES
Bus Arr Kirkwall 1131 1515 1831 2241 1131 1531 1831 2241

Please note that the X97/X99 service changes at Dunbeath war memorial
Although the bus should always connect with the ferry it may not be able to wait if the ferry is delayed
* In school holidays service departs at 1501 and arrives at 1531

 

 

 

Why choose Pentland Ferries

There are 8 good reasons why you should choose Pentland Ferries over any other ferry service for your journey to or from Orkney.

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