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Directions and Connections

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, the postcode for Gills Bay ferry terminal is KW1 4YB


The nearest train stations are Wick and Thurso. Visit

There is a bus service between Inverness and Wick, operated by Stagecoach. This is the X99 service. Please visit for departure times or to book seats visit

The local bus service, operated by Aaron’s of Wick (T: 01955 445844), connects Gills Bay with Wick and Thurso.

There is also a bus service between St Margaret’s Hope and Kirkwall. This is the X1 service and is operated by Stagecoach. Please visit for departure times.