Pentland Ferries

Pentland Ferries, Gills: Address, Phone Number, Pentland Ferries Reviews: 4.5/5

Pentland Ferries
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Pentland Ferries is a family run business which operates a ferry crossing across the Pentland Firth. The purpose-built catamaran, MV Pentalina, sails from St Margaret's Hope in Orkney to Gills Bay in Caithness running 3 return crossings per day in winter and 4 return crossings per day in the summer months. The journey by ferry takes just one hour making it the shortest sailing to or from Orkney with your car.
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MummytoBoysx2
Kilmacolm, UK8 contributions
Excellent service
Oct 2021 • Family
Excellent service, on time, courteous and efficient staff and clean, comfy catamaran

The food is pretty decent too, good quality and reasonably priced.

I had to change my booking at the lastminute.com and found the staff to be very helpful and accommodating.

Would highly recommend.
Written October 16, 2021
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dmhLondon
London, UK237 contributions
Efficient comfortable ferry.
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a great ferry. We know it is punctual as we’ve watched it from our holiday window for the past 4 days regular as clockwork. On the car ferry deck the cars have plenty of space so no need to worry if you need good door clearance for passengers. There’s a small Costa coffee bar dispensing drinks - but limited food. Ample indoor seating as well as well as pleasant sun decks. The crossing from St Margaret’s Hope to Gills Bay is about an hour. A good option for reaching Orkney.
Written September 21, 2021
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Stan
Dingwall, UK64 contributions
THE way to travel to Orkney
Aug 2021 • Couples
This ferry service is THE way to travel to Orkney. Booking is easy. No unnecessary administrative stuff. Phoned up. Gave credit card details. Arrived at terminals. Cheery friendly staff checked us in. Covid safety in place. Efficient staff guided cars on board. Boat is spacious, clean and comfortable. Reasonably priced snacks available while passing the lovely islands that surround Scapa Flow. We travelled with 3 cars, 6 adults and 3 children. Everyone loved it.👍❤️
Written August 10, 2021
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diddleymaz
Bridgend, UK207 contributions
Nice way to get to Orkney
Jul 2021 • Couples
Trouble free crossing with our little dog. The ferry is clean and staff obliging. The voyage is a great way to view the coast and refreshments are available as it’s only a one hour crossing you don’t need anything beyond the snacks and drinks they serve.
Written August 3, 2021
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Mick R
Ayr, UK448 contributions
Efficient and reasonably priced service.
Jul 2021
It’s the shortest crossing to Orkney at 1 hour. The ferry is relatively new and was clean and comfortable. There is a basic catering service onboard. The staff were efficient and on both outward and return journeys the Pentland Firth was calm. Both at Gill’s Bay and in Orkney there is a ticket office and toilets but no catering facilities. A coffee stand in the Summer would be useful.
Written July 23, 2021
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Mike BR
Haddington, UK7,191 contributions
Great ferry crossing if you are visiting Orkney
Jun 2021
Apart from being the shortest (1 hour) & cheapest ferry to Orkney it was incredibly well organised to get your car on & off. Public area's of the ship were spotless with comfortable seating both inside and outside , Toilets were spotless and there was a small play area for children. Good little cafe selling great hot & cold filled rolls and drinks. were able to watch dolphins chasing the ship and seals sunbathing on the beaches of the small islands we past.
Written July 19, 2021
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Mundivagancy
13 contributions
Good value and good service
Jun 2021
Reasonable price for trip and onboard catering. Clean, polite service, efficient, easy and blessed with good weather.
Written July 4, 2021
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mjm2107
Glasgow, UK260 contributions
Faultless crossing from Gill’s Bay to Orkney
May 2021 • Family
We opted to use Pentland Ferries for our trip to Orkney as it was cheaper than the equivalent Northlink Ferries journey (in part because it didn’t charge extra for the additional height due to having a roofbox.

Check-in was done at the car, and boarding and leaving the ferry was quick and painless.

The crossing was a bit choppy, but because of the twin hull design of the ferry there wasn’t any undue drama. I suffered from bad seasickness when I was younger, but the stability of the ferry meant there were no repeats this trip.

There is a small cafe onboard where you can buy hot and cold drinks and snacks. Prices were reasonable.

Would definitely recommend.
Written June 26, 2021
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Revatron
Kirkwall, UK377 contributions
Lovely new boat
May 2021 • Family
Great trip to the mainland and back on the new boat. Great to support a locally run ferry service rather than using one almost entirely subsidised by the government. Nice small pay area for the kids kept them entertained on the short 1hr sailing.
Written June 15, 2021
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johnpZ4299KQ
Sidmouth, UK448 contributions
The only way to Orkney
May 2021
This is the simple route to Orkney for both passengers and car. The boat is new, a purpose-built catamaran that can carry many vehicles and passengers
Written May 23, 2021
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