Inter Island Ferry Service - Gateway to the Isles
Shetland Islands Council runs a network of inter-island ferries that makes it quick and easy to travel to and from the isles, with or without a vehicle and all for very reasonable fares. New ships and terminals on many routes have made it even more convenient to get around. With 190 sailings per day, it is just like hopping on a bus!
Whatever your reason for traveling to or from the isles, be it business, commuting, pleasure or just exploring, you'll be assured a warm welcome and a safe and enjoyable journey.
Each crossing serves up its own unique mix of stunning scenery and wildlife. Whether you're looking for spectacular cliffs, picturesque small isles, bird life or even a killer whale, no visit to Shetland is complete without enjoying a cruise on our ferries... only the first of the many attractions of the isles.
Ro/ro services, carrying passengers and all types of vehicles, operate at least 18 hour service days to Yell, Unst, Fetlar, Whalsay and Bressay.
Vehicles can be reserved on all these routes except to Bressay.
Our fleet comprises 11 ferries providing lifeline services between Mainland Shetland and the islands. The services run from 16 terminals serving 8 islands underpinning their economic and social vibrancy. The ships make over 70,000 crossings each year and carry over 750,000 passengers and over 350,000 vehicles.
Ro/ro and passenger services operate to Skerries and Papa Stour with a freight and passenger service to Fair Isle.
We operate between 3 to 28 return sailings per week to these three isles - all passengers and vehicles must be booked on these routes.