St. Margaret's Hope
Take the 21st century Pentland Firth crossing to Orkney with Pentland Ferries.
The crossing takes approximately one hour during which you will sail through the Pentland Firth and into the Orkney Archipelago. This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney with your car.
Throughout the crossing there is the opportunity to see a wide selection of local wildlife including seals, porpoises, killer whales, puffins and other sea birds. As you pass the uninhabited islands of Swona and Stroma watch out for the feral cattle on Swona, now recognised as a separate breed after being left alone on the island since 1974.
Pentland Ferries Ltd offer the shortest crossing time to Orkney for vehicles and passengers. The route is the most sheltered between Gill's Bay in Caithness and St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay in Orkney providing a more appealing option to travellers who are unsure of travelling on the sea.
Pentland Ferries is a family run business, owned by Andrew and Susan Banks who established the business in 2001. The new purpose built catamaran, MV Pentalina, took over the Pentland Firth route from the MV Claymore on her arrival in Orkney. The catamaran will provide an even faster service and a greater carrying capacity reducing the crossing time between St. Margaret's Hope and Gills Bay to an hour. The MV Pentalina can take up to 70 cars and 350 passengers in one crossing.