On a Ferry to Orkney

Ferry View by David Gadient, 2016

From Gills Bay, we took the ferry to Orkney, and while a ferry ride isn’t that exciting unless you’re on it (and perhaps even then, depending on how you like ferries―I love boats of all kinds, so I had a great time), I wanted to share some of David’s photos from our ferry crossing. I hope you enjoy!

Ferry by David Gadient, 2016

We brought along our hired car. The cars were parked in a loop on their own deck while passengers hung out on the upper deck or had tea and treats on the lower deck. We spent our time mostly on the upper deck, although it was chilly and windy. We didn’t mind, since it was a clear and dry day with a lovely view.

Karen-on-a-Ferry David Gadient, 2016

I’ve been on ferries before, but Orkney offers different scenery than the Staten Island Ferry or Cape May–Lewes. While David didn’t catch a photo, there was even a whale sighting―everyone near me got all excited for a moment, but it was brief. Still, it’s not like we have whales to watch in Arizona! Mostly, gulls followed the ferry; some of them flew close to the upper deck.

Gull by David Gadient, 2016

Orkney has quite a number of lighthouses. I believe the lighthouse in the next photo is Cantick Head Lighthouse. We only saw that one from afar, as we didn’t get to the island of Hoy on this trip.

Lighthouse by David Gadient, 2016

Orkney also has many wind turbines. As you’re wandering the Orkney Isles, they stand in the landscape like waving giants.

Turbine by David Gadient, 2016

We planned to stay several nights at a self-catering flat in St. Margaret’s Hope. Since I’d seen pictures, I could spot the building we’d be staying in as we approached the pier. On the right, you’ll see a yellowish building (The Creel. We stayed in the brick building right next to that (which is also part of The Creel―wonderful stay, more on that in another post).

St. Margaret's Hope by David Gadient, 2016

As the ferry moved to dock, David got a cool shot of the end of the pier.

Pier by David Gadient, 2016

I promise more photos and rambling from me when I have time to go through photos and update. We spent five days―not nearly enough, more than worth a trip back―in Orkney, and I’m lucky that David takes so many photos when I’m mostly the sort to travel with my senses and forget the camera. If you have compliments for any of the photos in this post, previous related posts (below), or ones to follow, I’ll be happy to pass them along to David!

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay


Filed under Family, Holiday, Journal, Landscape, Life, Nature, Ocean, Orkney, Photography, Scotland, Sea, Seascape, Travel, Vacation

14 responses to “On a Ferry to Orkney

  1. Nice! I can almost smell the salt air 🙂

  2. It’s been a long time since I rode a ferry. Once, years ago, going to Cataline Island off the coast of California. Such fun.

  3. Wonderful! I especially loved the seagull and lighthouse.

  4. Tell your David, “Great shots!” Since I like the unusual, I loved the one of the end of pier. 🙂

  5. Ah that island ferry magic…so many here on British Columbia’s west coast, and all spell binding. Fabulous photos…

  6. I’ve actually never been on a ferry. Clearly I’m missing out.

  7. Oh, those wind turbines seem to be everywhere now!! 😀 Was photographing some of those in a Suffolk seaside village last week, it was a small place, they looked HUGE and very out of place!!

    I see you enjoyed that windy trip – all wrapped up warm, and no chance of overheating! 😉 It’s a lovely picture of you Karen! I also really liked the seagull too – very elegant. They don’t make an elegant noise, but they are beautiful to capture on camera – if you can, it’s not easy. Thanks for sharing more of your Scottish holiday, it’s like having gone with you! 🙂

    • Thank you, Suzy. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the posts. Don’t know how travel bloggers do it… all these photos and links and trying to figure out what to write. Taking me forever to share the entire trip. 😀 Will let David know you liked the photos!

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