Freight ferries to Scrabster

Scrabster is a harbour on the extreme north coast of Scotland. Scrabster is on the sheltered western side of Thurso Bay, two miles from the ancient town of Thurso. The Orkney Islands are 15 miles north of Scrabster. Freight ferries to Scrabster run from Stromness on Orkney Mainland.

In the summer months there are two or three daily freight ferries to Scrabster which are operated by NorthLink Ferries. During winter a scaled down timetable comes into effect. The crossing takes about 90 minutes. The modern MV Hamnavoe plies this ferry route and although crossing times are short offers full passenger amenities.

The ship offers comfortable passenger lounges, some well appointed cabins, a self-service cafeteria, a bar, a children’s playroom and a shop where gifts and traveller’s items can be purchased. Travelling by freight ferries to Scrabster from the Orkneys offers a much quicker crossing time than the Kirkwall to Lerwick route.

Passengers on freight ferries to Scrabster are afforded views of the stunning Old Man of Hoy red rock and St John’s Head cliff on the west coast of Hoy Island. Stromness to Scrabster is the only ferry route that provides these magnificent views. Ferries disembark at Queen Elizabeth Pier which is just a quick trip from the A9 road.

The A9 is convenient for reaching Thurso’s hotels, eateries, bars and shops as well as local beaches which offer good surfing. The best discounts for freight ferries to Scrabster are gained with advance online bookings. Passengers wishing to book by phone can do so at +44 0845 6000449.

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