Another question for my upcoming trip! I've heard the recommendation for Northlink Ferries from Scabster to Stromness because it sails past The Old Man of Hoy, which is definitely worth seeing.
But returning from Orkney, the early Northlink Ferry leaves at 6:30! The Pentland Ferry leaves at a slightly more civilized 7:45, costs less, and is a bit shorter. It would also allow us to see a different coastline.
Am I missing any reasons why I wouldn't want to get to Orkney on one ferry and return on another? We'll be less rushed now that I know we don't have make it to the 4pm sheep herding demonstration (see my earlier post).