A one hour sailing across the Pentland Firth between Gills Bay in the north of Scotland and St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney.
St Margaret’s Hope
07:45 | 11:30 | 17:00 (Mon-Sun)
09.30 | 13.30 | 18.45 (Mon-Sun)
Our new ship
You will sail on MV Alfred – a brand new purpose-built car and passenger ferry.
The accommodation includes spacious seating areas, a café, outdoor seating, and an indoor dog-friendly sundeck lounge.
There is also a lift for access from the car deck to the lounges. The ship carries 98 cars, or 54 cars with 12 articulated vehicles/coaches and 430 passengers.
Pentland Ferries is the first ferry operator in the UK to have achieved a Green Tourism Award. The awards programme recognises the commitment of tourism businesses to sustainability and is seen as a prestigious hallmark of environmentally sensitive practices and operation.
Read more about our green credentials here.
2021-2022 Group Rates
Coach FREE if 35 or more paying passengers
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Coach FREE if 20 or more paying passengers
The Orkney Experience
The adventure begins when you leave Gills Bay, sailing through the Pentland Firth, passing the islands of Stroma and Swona, and into the Orkney archipelago, before docking in the pretty village of St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay. There will be ample opportunity along the way to catch a glimpse of island wildlife – seabirds, seals and, perhaps, a pod of dolphins, pilot whales or even an occasional Orca.
If you need help with guiding, itinerary planning or accommodation, we can recommend local suppliers to provide a service tailored specifically for you.
Coach operators must contact our booking offices in order to obtain a quote and make a booking.
These vehicles cannot be booked online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, fill in our contact form or call the booking office on +44 (0)800 688 8998.
Passengers should arrive at the ferry terminal no later than 30 minutes before departure time. There is adequate coach parking facilities at both departure points.
Please Note: Under 16’s are not allowed to travel on the ferry unless accompanied by a parent or guardian