Family-run passenger ferry business John O'Groats Ferries (Scotland) up for sale

   July 13, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

A family-run passenger ferry business shuttling between John O'Groats (Caithness, northeast of Canisbay) and Orkney was put up for sale. 

John O'Groats Ferries (50+ years old family-run company) is being advertised for GBP 1,25 million (~ EUR & USD 1,48M).

The ferry business was started in 1971 by Ian Thomas, and it is now run by his son Ivor, daughter Deborah and her husband Fred Fermor. All 3 have worked on the summer ferry for the past 3 decades.

Mr. Fermor said the sale would be emotional, but the family felt it was time to leave the ferry trade. He shared they had worked with some wonderful characters on the ferry and it had very much been a team over the years.

Mr. Fermor added that the highlight of some of the journeys had been the sighting of orcas.