Passengers on NorthLink ferry Hjaltland which left Lerwick on Sunday spent more than 30 hours at sea before docking at Rosyth in the early hours of this morning.
The “atrocious” weather left the 87 people stranded on the vessel off Aberdeen for most of the day as the vessel attempted to enter the harbour.
The ferry was supposed to dock in Aberdeen at 7am on Monday after leaving Lerwick at 7pm the previous night. It finally arrived in Rosyth at about 1.24am after a decision made late last night night to take the ferry 100 miles south.
Two attempts were made to get the boat into the harbour at Aberdeen but on both occasions it was deemed unsafe to continue.
A spokesman for Northlink said the passengers were provided with refreshments and those who did not have cabins were allocated spare ones.
Arrangements were made for customers to get back to Aberdeen or to continue on to Edinburgh by coach.
At the time of the decision to divert the ferry, a spokesman said: “We looked at Rosyth as an alternative earlier but discounted it because the severe south westerly winds would have made for an extremely uncomfortable journey.
“The wind is now blowing more from an easterly direction and that will allow us to make the trip south a little easier. The strong winds and wave conditions around Aberdeen were showing no signs of abating.”
As a result of the disruption there will be no sailing from Lewick tonight.
Meanwhile wind and tidal conditions mean the Hrossey’s arrival into Aberdeen has been delayed. The vessel is expected to berth in the city at 1pm, with an expected departure time for Lerwick at 7pm tonight.