Experience the beauty of Scotland's Northern Isles

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No island in the British Isles compares to the beauty, charm and tranquility of Scotland’s Northern Isles. The magical archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland are a true sight to behold with stunning, empty beaches, exotic wildlife and picturesque scenery that wouldn't look out of place on David Attenborough's Planet Earth.

But why bother with the long-haul flights when NorthLink Ferries run services to Orkney and Shetland from Scrabster and Aberdeen. Forget cramped seats and queues for the toilet, a ferry to the isles takes the stress and discomfort out of travel. 

Whether you want to relax in one of the lounges, catch up on the latest releases at the on-board cinema, or indulge in a spot of retail therapy, you'll actually enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. 

But before you book your trip, take a peak at these stunning photos and inspire your wanderlust...

Orkney

Did you know? Orkney has 90 islands and islets (of which 20 are currently inhabited - by only 21,000 people) and the total coastline is about 500 miles long.

Shetland

Did you know? Shetland has almost 1,700 miles of coastline. You can find boulder-strewn storm beaches as well as many stretches of white or golden sand.

Orkney

Did you know? The main town on Orkney is Kirkwall, with a population of around 6,500.

Orkney

Did you know? At the Midsummer solstice, the sun rises around 3.58 am, setting again at around 10.29 pm and is therefore above the horizon for 18 hours.

Orkney

Did you know? At 137 metres tall; The Old Man of Hoy is one of the tallest seastacks in Britain. It can be found in Orkney on the west coast of Hoy and can be seen from the Scrabster to Stromness ferry, MV Hamnavoe.

Shetland

Did you know? Because Shetland lies closer to the north pole than any other part of the British Isles, it’s the best place to see the ‘Northern Lights’.

Orkney

Did you know? Orkney is home to the Highland Park Distillery, the northernmost Scotch Whisky distillery in the world. Tours are available all year round.

Shetland

Did you know? Shetland is home to Europe's largest fire festival Up Helly Aa which marks the end of the Yule season and celebrates Shetland's Viking heritage.

Orkney

Did you know? The shortest scheduled air route in the world is between two of the Orkney islands: Westray (population 700) and Papa Westray (population 85). The flight time is less than two minutes.

Orkney

Did you know? On the West Mainland of Orkney you'll find Skara Brae; a village of 5000 year old buildings which were perfectly preserved under a sand dune until it was uncovered in 1850.

For tickets and more information on fares, routes and travel, visit northlinkferries.co.uk.

 

orkney and shetland / North Link Ferries / wanderlust

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