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Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay

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Gills Bay Port Ferry Overview

Gills Bay lies on the Pentland Firth, a bay on the north coast of Scotland often used as the place to take the boat to Stroma which once had a thriving population. It is easily reached when driving round the north coast road. Well known locally for the seals which are often to be seen lying on the rocks near to the seashore.

Gills Bay's main features are a small harbour and the pier used as the mainland terminal for the Pentland Ferries service to St Margarets Hope. The harbour shelters some small local boats together with those used for working the sheep on the off lying island of Stroma. In the right sea conditions the area is sometimes used for surfing.

While Scrabster to Stromness is the longest continuously used ferry route to Orkney, started in 1856, historically the Gills Bay area has been the main setting off point from the mainland to the islands of Stroma and Swona and Orkney itself. This route, known as The Short Sea Crossing, is generally considered to be both the quickest and safest across the waters of the Pentland Firth. At present Pentland Ferries operate a year round service on this route to St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay.

Gills Bay is considered to be the quickest route across the waters of the Pentland Firth.

Ferries from Gills Bay
Ferry Operator Ferry Route
Pentland Ferries Pentland Ferries Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope

Alternative Route
Ferry Operator Ferry Route
Northlink Ferries Northlink Ferries Scrabster - Stromness
Northlink Ferries Northlink Ferries Aberdeen - Kirkwall
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Gills Bay Port Directions

By Car - To get to Gills bay follow the A9 north bound route from Inverness Inverness. At Latheron, take the A99 road towards John O'Groats go through Wick then after around 13 miles turn left just after Freswick and head right. Carry on down this road for just over a mile then turn left onto the A836 (As seen on map) follow the A836 for approximately 2 miles then turn right to the Pentland Ferries Gills Bay Terminal ferry terminal. For sat-nav use postcode KW1 4YB for the Gills Bay ferry terminal.

By Train - The nearest train stations are Wick and Thurso. Gills bay ferry port is a short taxi journey from either of these stations.
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Gills Bay Port Services

A new ferry terminal was constructed in 2001 the Pentland Ferries services for vehicles and passengers between Gills Bay and St Margaret's Hope. The terminal offers basic facilities including toilets and wash rooms.

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