About the Orkney Islands
The Orkney Islands is an archipelago located 16 kms (10 miles) off the Caithness coast in the north of Scotland. The Pentland Firth is the name of the seaway separating mainland Scotland from the Orkney Islands. A total of 20 islands are inhabited, although by far the most populated is Mainland with 15,000 inhabitants. The principal town is Kirkwall.
Lifeline ferry services to the Orkney Islands are operated by Northlink Ferries between Scrabster (near Thurso) and Stromness, with up to three departures in each direction every day. The crossing takes 90 minutes. There are also services from Aberdeen to Kirkwall and onwards to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.
The principal ferry serving the Orkney Islands is the 2002-built M/F Hamnavoe which carries a combination of both tourist and freight traffic but other vessels are dedicated freight vessels, such as the 7,600ton twins M/F Hildasay and M/F Helliar. There is also a service offered by Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope.
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