Scrabster-Stromness Ferry - ramps and dogs?

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  1. Hagstrom

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    Hi,

    Last year (2015) at Dunnet Bay we went along to Scrabster and saw the large ferry sailing out to Stromness and now fancy a trip around Orkney later this month (August 2016).

    The ferry looked big enough to have no grounding problems with long overhang motorhomes on their loading ramps but has anyone taken a long rear overhang motorhome on this ferry and had problems?

    Also, the crossing seems, from the timetable, to be a three and a half hour crossing. Can the dog stay in the MH when on board? (Can the driver/passenger stay in the MH during the crossing, for that matter?)

    Also, we are not campsite bookers, preferring to go on spec - has anyone had problems finding pitches on Orkney sites in August? (I read that wild camping is abundant and tolerated.)

    All opinions and experiences sought?
     
  2. klaatu

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    We're 31ft with a fairly big overhang, and we've never had a problem with grounding on the Hamnavoe (the ferry that normally operates that route). The crossing is about 90 minutes. Dogs can stay in the motorhome, or you can take them up to the outside viewing deck at the blunt end of the boat. People are not allowed to stay in vehicles during the voyage, and you can't access the car deck during the voyage.

    You shouldn't have a problem getting a pitch on a site without booking in advance. And yes, there are lots of good wild camping places.

    Steve
     
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    Do it Orkney is a lovely place to go we used Kirkwall as a base and moved around from there, loads of wild camping without problems, we did Gills bay to St Margarets Hope great for seeing other islands only problem had to reverse onto ferry.
    We took both our dogs with us they loved it as well.
     
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    You pass the site at Stromness as the ship comes in to the harbour. The site at Birsay is great. Site yourself if no one is there & they will catch up with you later. The main site is in Kirkwall which is usually the busiest.
    Enjoy your visit, its a great place.
    Charlie.
     
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  5. Hagstrom

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    Well, Steve, you ought to know, being in Orkney yourself! Thanks to you & Alan. We're going to go over to Orkney this August on the Scrabster - Stromness route.

    All I need now is to hear from someone who could arrange decent weather for the next three weeks.

    Norman
     
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    We've had pretty good weather this summer, until a week or so ago. Been pretty miserable since then :( Hope it improves for you.

    Steve
     
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  7. Hagstrom

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    Well, thanks to all. We went to Dunnet Bay and Altnaharra but the weather at the time wasn't worth the gamble so we didn't get to Orkney. Maybe next year.

    Incidentally, Altnaharra is a wonderful site, on the side of the loch and beautifully isolated but the morning and evening midgies made it untenable. So, think twice about that place in July and August.
     
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    You went all that way north and didn't take the opportunity to cross 'the firth'!

    We just crossed back south after a week there (apart from Monday (heavy drizzle), the weather was fine).

    We're now at Durness and will be at Achilitibuie (Summer Isles) tomorrow night.

    Ian
     
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    As far as I know the dogs are not allowed to stay in the moho on the Northhlink ferry from Scrabster ! dogs are put in a chargeable kennel for the trip)
    We chose to go a bit further along the coast to St Gills to take the Pentland Ferry crossing. Had to reverse on (not a problem) and dog was allowed to come and sit with us. great crossing by the way/
    Wo
     
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    Dogs are definitely allowed to stay in vehicles on Northlink Ferries, as I posted above. I've used them often enough! Check the section on travelling with pets on their web site if you don't believe me. Kennels are an option, as is taking the dog up on deck.
     
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