Getting Here

There are 3 ways to get to Sanday with your car, camper or motorhome, all require 2 ferries:

Pentland Ferries MV Alfred making her inaugural voyage, November 2019

1) Aberdeen to Kirkwall + Kirkwall to Sanday

The Northlink Aberdeen to Kirkwall ferry takes around 6 hours. The ferry has kennels for dogs, restaurants, a cinema, shop, bars, plenty of lounging space and bunk rooms for overnight sailings. It departs Jamieson’s Quay, Aberdeen and arrives at Hatston, Orkney a 5 min drive to Kirkwall. There are now dog friendly cabins so dogs no longer have to stay in the kennels or your car.
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The Orkney Ferries Kirkwall to Sanday ferry takes around 1.5 hours. The ferries have a lounge area with small café/drinks machines. They all allow dogs but not in the lounge areas. It departs Kirkwall and arrives Sanday. Dogs can stay in your car or can come into specific covered areas with you, but not in the lounges.

2) Scrabster to Stromness + Kirkwall to Sanday

The Northlink Scrabster to Stromness ferry takes 1.5 hours. The ferry has kennels for dogs, a restaurant & lounge area. It departs Scrabster (outside Thurso) at the very North of Mainland Scotland to Stromness, a 25 min drive to Kirkwall. Dogs can stay in your car or you can book a kennel onboard.
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The Orkney Ferries Kirkwall to Sanday ferry as above.

3) Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope + Kirkwall to Sanday

The Pentland Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope ferry takes just over an hour. The ferry has a lounge area and is the fastest route to Orkney. It departs Gills Bay in Caithness and arrives at St Margaret’s Hope, a 30 minute scenic drive to Kirkwall. Dogs can stay in your car or can come into the sun lounge on the top deck of the ferry.
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The Orkney Ferries Kirkwall to Sanday ferry as above.

Here are links to the three ferry companies, if you need any help figuring them out, just ask us!
Pentland Ferries
Orkney Ferries
Northlink Ferries

The Aberdeen ferry
Kirkwall pier for the Sanday boat
Orkney Ferried bring everything to Sanday