Operational News

  • We would like to remind customers as we move into our busiest time of year, there are limited car parking facilities at our Houton terminal.

    To avoid disappointment, where possible we would like to encourage passengers wishing to travel from Houton as foot passengers to make use of the ample long stay car parking facilities in Kirkwall and to utilise bus services from Kirkwall & Stromness that go directly to the Houton terminal.

    Further information on car parking facilities can be found here - Parking and Car Parks (orkney.gov.uk).

    Further information on the bus timetables can be found here (Service 2 & Service 5) - Bus Services (orkney.gov.uk).

    For the latest updates, head to our website or social media feeds.

  • We would like to remind customers that it is advisable to book all journeys even if you are travelling as foot passengers without vehicles.

    We have recently noticed a large influx of foot passengers on our services. Prebooking avoids disappointment and ensures customers are guaranteed their space onboard.

    This is particularly important as we move into our busiest time of year.

    You can make bookings online - https://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/, or you can phone any of our offices to make your bookings - Orkney Ferries | Contact Us.


  • We would like to remind all passengers of the limited parking spaces at our Tingwall and Houton terminals

    If you are travelling as a foot passenger, we would encourage you to make use of the bus services provided by Stagecoach

  • We would like to encourage our passengers to book travel as far in advance as possible

    We are experiencing very high demand for our most popular routes, particularly those to Hoy

    The easiest way to book is online, or you can always call one of our offices

  • Please be aware that payment on board the Westray to Papa Westray Service is cash only.

    Alternatively payment can be made prior to travel by booking online or calling our customer service team.

  • Orkney Ferries offer customers a way to receive disruption and cancellation messages to a smart phone or computer via Telegram.

    Telegram is a free and simple messaging app with a focus on speed and security.

    You can use Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and even computers. It’s very easy to use and only requires a name and mobile phone number to create an account.

    To receive updates from please download the Telegram app from your app store, set up your account and then return to this page and select our unique link, which you can access by clicking here - Orkney Ferries Telegram Channel

    Once on the channel you will be messaged with any updates on disruptions or cancellations in real time.