I would like to travel by car from London to the Orkney Islands. According to Google Maps, the drive would take 14+ hours. Is there a ferry (e.g. overnight) etc. that would make that journey more relaxing?

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    Unless you're engaged in some masochist endurance challenge just take a plane from London to Aberdeen. Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:48

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There is a ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall (Orkney) and Lerwick (Shetland), operated by Northlink Ferries. It calls at Kirkwall three or four nights a week.

Northbound, it is not really overnight - it departs Aberdeen at 1700, arriving at Kirkwall at 2300. The return is overnight, depart Kirkwall 2345, arrive Aberdeen at 0700. Note you will have to check in about 1 hour before the departure.

Driving, it is a shorter journey from London to Aberdeen, about 9 hours (according to Google Maps). Instead of about 11 or 12 hours from London to Scrabster or Gills Bay, to get one of the shorter ferry journeys.


You can take the Caledonain Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William, get down at Inverness(nearer to Orkney) and then hire a car from there. And believe me the train journey is awesome in the morning. The Scottish highlands are a treat to watch in the morning sun.

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