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Cruise & Ferries

With modern ferry infrastructure to accommodate domestic and international traffic, Scrabster is the gateway for daily lifeline ferry services to Orkney and cruise ships visiting the remote, beautiful and historic far North of Scotland.

The ferry terminal is used by Serco Northlink Ferries roll on/roll off vessel, Hammnavoe. The ship is linked to the terminal by an elevated overhead walkway for the comfort and safety of passengers.

For further details, terminal opening times and ferry schedules, please visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk

As the main port of northern mainland of Scotland, Scrabster, is a regular port of call for visiting cruise ships. Cruise ships up to 180 metres and 8 metres draft berth alongside, with larger ships using the deep water anchorage available within 0.2 nautical miles. The former St Ola Pier linkspan is used for tenders operating from the anchorage. Pilotage is not compulsory at Scrabster. Scrabster is fully ISPS Code compliant, with security personnel provided by the harbour authority to ISPS standards. Fast, fresh water supplies are easily accessible.

A courtesy bus service to and from the town of Thurso is available for cruise passengers and crew.

Scrabster Harbour Trust is a member of Cruise Scotland and Cruise Europe.

Further cruise destination information is available within our Cruise Directory which includes an Interactive map and we have also produced a video below showing a small selection of the areas superb attractions.

Provisional Scrabster Cruise Programme – 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2024 (this list is subject to change at any time).


Name of Ship Date Time Date Time
AidaSOL 23/04/2024 0800hrs 23/04/2024 1800hrs
Renaissance 03/05/2024 0800hrs 03/05/2024 1800hrs
AidaSOL 04/05/2024 0800hrs 04/05/2024 1800hrs
Ocean Albatros 13/05/2024 0800hrs 13/05/2024 1800hrs
Le Lyrial 13/05/2024 0800hrs 13/05/2024 1800hrs
Heb Sky 18/05/2024 0800hrs 18/05/2024 1800hrs
Ocean Albatros 21/05/2024 0800hrs 21/05/2024 1800hrs
Heb Princess 22/06/2024 2000hrs 23/06/2024 1300hrs
Heb Princess 26/06/2024 2100hrs 27/06/2024 1300hrs
Renaissance 05/07/2024 0900hrs 05/07/2024 1800hrs
Viking Sky 10/07/2024 0800hrs 10/07/2024 1800hrs
Aidasol 19/07/2024 0800hrs 19/07/2024 1800hrs
Renaissance 02/08/2024 0900hrs 02/08/2024 1800hrs




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