This ferry operates a service from Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland to the Isle of Eday, one of the Northern isles of Orkney. Depending on the time of year, sailings may go via the islands of Sanday or Stronsay. The direct trip takes around one and a quarter hours; via Sanday around two hours; and via Stronsay around 2.5 hours.
Orkney Ferries operates three vessels on this route normally: the MV Earl Thorfinn, MV Earl Sigurd, and the MV Varagen. These ferries are also used for sailings to the other North Isles: Sanday, Stronsay, Westray and North Ronaldsay.