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Picture of the Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney Ferry arriving at Scrabster harbour.

The Scrabster to Stromness ferry provides a quick way to travel over to Orkney in comfort with the 90 minute ferry journey. During the summer months there is three ferries over from Scrabster to Orkney, Monday to Saturday and two sailings available on a Sunday. Outwith the summer sailing times there is two sailing times available from Scrabster. For all sailings you need to be at the ferry arrival point at least 30 minutes before sailing, for cars boarding the ferry it is recommended you arrive 1 hour before departure. I believe photo id such as a passport or drivers licence is required to board this ferry.

Self-catering Cottages in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Orkney self-catering cottages

Orkney Islands Cottages

The Orkney Islands has been voted the best place to live in the UK and when you visit the islands you will discover why. Beautiful scenery, lovely sandy beach and bountiful wildlife make the islands a delight to visit. Book your holiday now in one of the self-catering cottages on offer.

While staying in Orkney you have the opportunity to explore theancient brochs and see the old properties called the Black Houses. From themain island you can take regular ferries over to see the smaller islands, manywith populations of only a few hundred people. There is a special atmosphere inthe Orkney Islands, discover it for yourself.

Cottages in the Highlands of Scotland

Cottages in the Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland has so much to offer, from busytowns to remote villages and communities where you are more likely to see wilddeer than other tourists. Stay in the Scottish Highlands and discover Scotland’shidden secrets – with wonderful scenery, mountains, sandy beaches and muchmore.

With over 600 self-catering cottages available in theScottish Highlands you have a wide selection of properties from single bedroomcottages to houses sleeping 10 or more people. Book your perfect holiday homefor your next short break or longer holiday.

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The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular destinations forvisitors to Scottish islands and while many of them take the island in byquickly driving to the island as part of the North Coast 500 route, others take the more relaxed way to see the island by staying in a self-cateringcottage on the island.

Skye has magnificent scenery and some of the highlights of your visit to this island is seeing the mountain ranges, either by driving through them or by taking to the hills and walking them. The mountains alsooffer many challenging areas for climbing, although you do need to be experienced to tackle many of these routes.

Book your holiday cottage on Skye today and look forward to a wonderful holiday destination.

Picture of person surfing off Thurso beach with a view of Scrabster harbour and Orkney ferry in the background.

Surfing off Thurso is a recreational pass time for locals as well as visitors to the area. On many weekends you will find individuals from all over Scotland (and probably further south) enjoying the waves provided by the Pentland Firth. Another area nearby which is used for surfing is Brims Ness.


Scrabster is a harbour, ferry and fishing port and industrial business centre near Thurso in the far north of Scotland. The port is well known for its recreational sea angling with boat trips fishing off the Caithness coast and Orkney. The Scrabster to Stromness Ferry provides year round access to and from Orkney, weather permitting. Scrabster has an important commercial fishing industry where large boat off load their catch for processing and sale, while local boats fish for crab and lobster.

With the development of offshore electricity generation the port has developed the capacity to handle large industrial offshore developments. Scrabster has a number of companies and businesses operating from the ports industrial centre.

Scrabster also gets visits from the occasional large cruise ship and smaller privately owned boats. The marina has greatly expanded the recreational use of the harbour and has been off great benefit for local users as well as visiting guests to the area.

Scrabster has accommodation overlooking the port and in the nearby town of Thurso which is about 3 miles away.

Scrabster also has a lovely small beach which can be accessed most days except during high tides. The Pentland Firth Yacht Club has its club house and car park next to the beach.

Scrabster harbour

Picture of Scrabster harbour before construction of the new marina complex that has greatly improved the facilities for leisure and commercial boats at Scrabster. The marina now offers suitable mooring for visiting yachts.

Scrabster Sea Angling

Eun Na Mara - Boat for Charter for sea fishing

Scrabster Sea Fishing trips

The MV Eun Na Mara fishing group getting ready for departure to fish off the Caithness coastline. 

Scrabster Sea Fishing Trips

Scrabster is famous for its tremendous sea angling off the Caithness and Orkney coastline. A number of charter boats for sea fishing trips are available from Scrabster.

One of the best boats in Scrabster for sea angling is Chris Bennett's Eun Na Mara. The boat is very stable and has lots of power to push through heavy seas off Caithness and Orkney. The boat travels at a gentle 12 knots when moving between fishing marks and faster when going over to Orkney and will easily keep at 17 knots through the strong seas in the Pentland Firth.

When planning a fishing trip our from Scrabster it is advisable to wear waterproofs and ideally a proper two piece survival suit to keep you warm and dry. Even during summer months it can be cold while fishing off the north of Scotland.

Picture of Scrabster Lifeboat in the harbour at Scrabster

Scrabster Lifeboat next to the Lifeboat offices at Scrabster harbour.

Scrabster Harbour

In 2008 Scrabster Harbour Trust started a port infrastructure development with the redevelopment of the Old Fishmarket Pier to create the new Jubilee Quay, was completed in June 2013. The harbour plays an important role in supporting the Oil and Gas offshore industries as well as renewables including offshore wind farms and the new technologies being developed to harness tidal energy in the Pentland Firth.

The port supports the local fishing industries with a fish off loading facility and market as well as berthing for local fishing boats. The larger boats are lifted into/out of the harbour & marina using a large commercial crane.

The marina is open to visiting leisure boats as well as for local boats and yachts. The new pontoon layout makes it safe and easy to board boats throughout the day irrespective of tides. Before this marina development getting on/off boats would often involve using the harbour ladders, not idea when lugging fishing tackle and off loading fish caught on day trips on the local fishing boat charters.


Jubilee quay construction

Jubilee quay construction


Picture of Scrabster marina showing a boat being lowered into the water by a crane

Boats in Scrabster marina area of the harbour. Boats are lifted into and out of the marina by crane although there is also a slipway available.