The Scrabster Ferry is one of two crossings of the Pentland Firth from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, the other being the Pentland Ferry.
The crossing takes approximately 90 minutes, and is made two or three times a day each way.
P&O Scottish Ferries operated ferry services between Stromness and Scrabster from 1971 until 2002. P&O Scottish Ferries was itself formed from the North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Company, which P&O took over in 1971.
In 2002, the contract for the Orkney and Shetland ferries was won by Northlink Ferries, initially a joint venture between Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and RBS, now a wholly owned subsidiary of David MacBrayne Ltd (CalMac), and ultimately owned by the Scottish Government.
In 2012, NorthLink Ferries Ltd lost the contract for the Northern Isles services. The contract was awarded to Serco Group, who have continued with the existing NorthLink Ferries branding.
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