Northern Isles

Northern Isles

The Northern Isles are a pair of archipelagos off the north coast of mainland Scotland, comprising Orkney and Shetland. They are part of Scotland, as are the Hebrides. The climate is cool and temperate and much influenced by the surrounding seas. There are a total of 36 inhabited islands.

Travelling to the Northern Isles by Ferry

There are five different ferry routes operated by North Link Ferries arriving into the Northern Isles daily from Scotland. The crossings range from 90 minutes to an over night sailing depending on the route.

Ferries to Shetland

Car & 4 passengers from £187
7 Sailings Per Week       Sailing time: 12hr 30m
Car & 4 passengers from £116
4 Sailings Per Week       Sailing time: 5hr 30m

Ferries to Orkney

Car & 4 passengers from £176
4 Sailings Per Week       Sailing time: 6hr
Car & 4 passengers from £116
4 Sailings Per Week       Sailing time: 5hr 30m
Car & 4 passengers from £129
1 sailings per day       Sailing time: 1hr 30m

Where to Visit

The Northern Isles, a captivating archipelago in the North Atlantic, offer an enchanting escape for travel enthusiasts. With rugged landscapes, ancient history, and rich culture, these islands are a treasure trove of experiences. Start your journey in Orkney, known for its mysterious Neolithic sites like the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. Explore the Shetland Islands next, renowned for their pristine beaches, charming fishing villages, and vibrant festivals like Up Helly Aa. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot puffins and seals along the rugged coastlines. With their friendly locals and breathtaking vistas, the Northern Isles promise an unforgettable adventure in a world steeped in history and natural beauty.

Hotels on the Northern Isles

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Hotels on Orkney

Hotels on Shetland

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