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Gills Bay, which is situated 3 miles West of John o' Groats with the community of Gills close by, has one of the longest stretches of low-lying rock coast on the northern shores of Caithness. Its main features are a small harbour and the pier used as the mainland terminal for Pentland Ferries. The harbour shelters some small local boats together with those used for working the sheep on the off lying island of Stroma. In the right sea conditions the area is sometimes used for surfing.
St Margarets Hope Ferry Port
St Margaret's Hope, known locally as The Hope, is a village in the Orkney Islands, situated off the north-east coast of Scotland. It has a population of about 550, making it Orkney's third largest settlement after Kirkwall and Stromness. The Hope is South Ronaldsay's main village, and is named after Margaret of Norway who died there. The village has a primary school, a small blacksmith's museum, a number of shops and restaurants. Pentland Ferries run a regular service from the pier in the bay to Gills Bay on the Scottish mainland.
Gills Bay - St Margarets Hope - Pentland Ferries operate a daily ferry service between Gills Bay in Caithness, Scotland about 3 miles West of John o' Groats, and St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay in Orkney. This route, known as The Short Sea Crossing, is generally considered to be the quickest route across the Pentland Firth by car, taking about 1 hour. The company currently has two vessels although only one operates on the route at any time. Due to the short sailing time there is no cabin accommodation: however a cafeteria is available for meals and refreshments.
Pentland Ferries is a privately owned, family company which has operated since the summer of 2001.
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