Orkney Ferries

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Orkney Ferries Ltd
Public (Council-owned)
Industry Transport
Founded 1960
Headquarters Kirkwall, Scotland
Area served
inter-island Orkney
Services Ferries
Owner Orkney Islands Council
Website http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/
Earl Thorfinn at Kirkwall

Orkney Ferries is a Scottish company operating inter-island ferry services in the Orkney Islands.


The company is owned by the Orkney Islands Council and was established in 1960 as the Orkney Islands Shipping Company.[1]

In 1991, the Orkney Islands Shipping Company acquired a private sector ferry company also called Orkney Ferries, which had been established to compete on the short sea crossing from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands, but which had not succeeded in establishing the route. This company's ferry was assimilated into the inter-island fleet, and in 1995 the Orkney Islands Shipping Company adopted the name Orkney Ferries. Despite this acquisition and change of name, the current Orkney Ferries does not operate services to and from the Scottish mainland, leaving this to other operators such as NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries.[1]


Hoy Head at Lyness

Orkney Ferries operate between the Orkney mainland and thirteen of the smaller islands.[2] Services include:[1][3]


Eynhallow at Tingwall
Thorsvoe at Houton

Orkney Ferries operates a fleet of inter-island vessels, most of which were specially built for service in the islands. The fleet includes:[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Colin (February 2007). "Northern Crossroads". Ships Monthly. IPC Country & Leisure Media. pp. 21–25. 
  2. ^ "Internal Ferries". Orkney Islands Council. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Timetables". Orkney Ferries. Retrieved 11 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "The Fleet". Orkney Ferries. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 

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