Further Information on Scottish Ferry Services and Operator Information
Cairnryan - Larne - P&O offer up to 8 departures on week days and up to 6 departures on weekends between Cairnryan and Larne. Crossing time is around one hour and 45 minutes depending on conditions.
Troon - Larne - P&O Currently only offer the route between Larne and Troon during the Summer Months. During this period 2 crossings are available per day, again with an average crossing time of one hour and 45 minutes.
P &O stands The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is usually known as P&O, was a British shipping and logistics company which dates from the early 19th century. Its head office was in London. In March 2006 it was sold to Dubai Ports World for £3.9 billion. The P&O Scottish routes are actually operated by P&O Irish Sea. P&O Irish Sea (registered as P&O European Ferries Irish Sea Ltd) is a constituent company of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). P&O Irish Sea was formed in 1998 following the merger of the Cairnryan based services of P&O European Ferries and Pandoro Ltd, who operated routes between England, Scotland and France to Ireland.
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Stranraer - Belfast - Stena Line offer a Standard ferry crossing and High Speed service using vessels Superferry and Stena HSS respectively. Journey time between Stranraer and Belfast is about 2 hours on the high speed service and around 3 Hours 20 minutes on the standard ferry. This is currently Stena Line's only Scottish Route. The latest check-in time for this service is 30 minutes before departure.
Stena Line was founded in, and is still operated from, Gothenburg, Sweden by Sten A. Olsson when he acquired Skagenlinjen between Gothenburg, Sweden and Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1962. Stena Line is one of the world's largest ferry operators, with ferry services serving Scotland and many other European countries.
Stena Line doubled in size in 1990 with the acquisition of Sealink British Ferries from Sea Containers Ltd. This first became Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Line and finally Stena Line (UK), which now operates all of Stena's ferry services between Great Britain and Ireland. Stena Line has moved its Belfast Terminal from Albert Quay to the new VT4 during May 2008. This has reduced the length of the crossing to Stranraer by 10 minutes.
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Please note Superfast Ferries no longer run any ferry services to or from Scotland. Their previous route connecting the Scottish port of Rosyth to Zeebrugge in Belgium is now operated by Norfolkline Ferries. Please see below for further information.
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Norfolkline are new to Scotland taking up the route between Rosyth in Scotland and Zeebrugge in Belgium previously operated by Superfast Ferries.
operates three passenger ferry routes across the English channel and on the Irish Sea. Over two million people used Norfolkline Ferries are a top European Ferry Company offering low prices and high quality ferries. Their convenient schedules make Norfolkline one of the most popular choices for ferries journeys among their various routes.
Rosyth - Zeebrugge - Norfolk Line offer 3 sailings per day between Rosyth and Zeebrugge onboard their brand new vessel. Departures from Rosyth will leave at 17.00 (local time) and will arrive at Zeebrugge at 14:00 (local time) the following day. Departures from Zeebrugge will leave at 18:00 (local time) and will arrive at Rosyth at 13:00 (local time) the following day.
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Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope - Pentland Ferries operate a daily ferry service between Gills Bay in Caithness, Scotland about 3 miles West of John o' Groats, and St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay in Orkney. This route, known as The Short Sea Crossing, is generally considered to be the quickest route across the Pentland Firth by car, taking about 1 hour. The company currently has two vessels although only one operates on the route at any time. Due to the short sailing time there is no cabin accommodation: however a cafeteria is available for meals and refreshments.
Pentland Ferries is a privately owned, family company which has operated since the summer of 2001.
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Smyril Line is a Faroese shipping company, linking the Faroe Islands and Iceland with Denmark, Norway and Scotland.
Please note, this year Smyril Line will not be operating routes connecting either Scotland or Norway but will continue to operate between the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Denmark.
NorthLink Ferries operates daily ferry services between mainland Scotland and the northern archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland. Choose from up to three sailings a day from Scrabster to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland - with four of these sailings going via Orkney's capital, Kirkwall.
NorthLink Ferries operate three routes:
Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney - Service takes around 90 minutes each way.
Aberdeen to Lerwick, Shetland - Journey time of 12 hours 30 minutes northbound; 12 hours southbound.
Aberdeen - Kirkwall, Orkney - Journey time of 6 hours.
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Scotland is a country that occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It is part of the United Kingdom, and shares a land border to the south with England. It is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland consists of over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
The setting is wonderfully striking; the city is perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north.
Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-centre skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. Yet you will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist.
Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz that visitors just love, with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and attracts high-profile exhibitions that led to the city being crowned as a European City of Culture in 1990.
Glasgow was also the UK's City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its architecture is certainly an attraction in itself, particularly its impressive Victorian structures and of course, the unique masterpieces of one of the city's most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Aberdeen's famous 'Granite Mile', Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. Visitors can chill-out in lovely flower-filled parks - Aberdeen is 13 times winner of Britain in Bloom. Best of all, the city has its own golden sandy beach.
The city centre features the opulent Marischal College and the colonnaded Art Gallery with its fine collection, which have been preserved as museums. Union Street continues west to the cosmopolitan West End, where much of the city's nightlife can be found. To the south, the harbour heaves with boats serving the fishing and oil industries, while north of the centre lies attractive Old Aberdeen, a village neighborhood presided over by King's College and St Machar Cathedral, and influenced by the large student population. Aberdeen's long beach, with its esplanade development, marks the city's eastern border, only a mile or so from its centre.
The climate of Scotland is temperate and oceanic, and tends to be very changeable. It is warmed by the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic, and as such has much milder winters (but cooler, wetter summers) than areas on similar latitudes, for example Copenhagen, Moscow, or the Kamchatka Peninsula on the opposite side of Eurasia. However, temperatures are generally lower than in the rest of the UK, with the coldest ever UK temperature of -27.2 °C recorded at Braemar in the Grampian Mountains, on 11 February 1895. Winter maximums average 6 °C (42.8 °F) in the lowlands, with summer maximums averaging 18 °C. The highest temperature recorded was 32.9 °C at Greycrook, Scottish Borders on 9 August 2003.