Ferry Routes Guide 2020

Book the Ferry Best for your Clients If it has been a while since you last included ferry travel in your transport or package holiday options, now is a great time to take look at this safe and exciting way to travel. With more than 80 ferry routes across the UK, Ireland and British Islands, there are plenty of options to make the journey a key part of the holiday experience.

Where can you get to by ferry? Recent research commissioned by Discover Ferries* suggests that more than half (51%) of holidaymakers are looking to travel within the UK, Ireland and British Islands this year, with a further 27% wanting to travel elsewhere in Europe.

Discover Ferries’ members operate services across the UK, Ireland and British Islands, as well as to Spain, France, Holland and Belgium. This means there are plenty of options for agents to book ferry travel for customers looking to book a driving holiday around the beautiful highlands and islands of Scotland or over to magical Ireland, for example.

Customers looking for a longer break might enjoy an overnight crossing to mainland Europe or Ireland on a cruise ferry, where they can relax in their own private cabin. And for those wanting a foreign holiday feel without needing a passport, there are some great destinations you can book travel to, such as the Isles of Scilly, The Channel Islands, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man. You can also include the convenient Thames Clippers’ River Roamer ticket across London for customers wanting a safe and relaxing way to visit some of the capital’s best attractions and destinations.

Who is ferry travel for? Ferry travel has been popular with families and adventurous couples, with no luggage restrictions when travelling by car and ferry, meaning there is space to take everything you want, including sporting equipment, your bike or even your pet.

But, with more than 37 million passenger journeys taken by ferry last year, ferry travel is in no way limited to just these groups. It is a great option for older couples wanting to explore beautiful places off the beaten track, or younger clients looking for affordable transport as part of a group holiday with great friends.

Stornoway Tarbert Leverburgh Berneray Lochmaddy Uig Ullapool Lochboisdale Canna Rum Castlebay Eigg Muck Coll Tiree Craignure Oban Colonsay Dunoon Gourock Port Askaig Kennacraig Port Ellen Rothesay Brodick Ardrossan Campbeltown



Isles of Penzance Scilly

Plymo Wemyss Bay Cork

Fishguard Pemb

Rosslare Dublin IRELAND Lismore


Larne Belfast

Armadale Mallaig

Lymington Yarmouth

East/West Cowes Fishbourne

Ryde Roscoff ISLE OF WIGHT Santander Bilbao (NORTHERN SPAIN)

Portsmouth Guer

In ferry safe hands Not only does ferry travel naturally lend itself to social distancing, with wide public areas, access to fresh air and outside deck areas on many services, operators have also introduced stringent new hygiene and distancing measures to keep passengers and crew as safe as possible while on board.

Where can we access trade bookings? Discover Ferries is an industry body promoting ferry travel and ferry holidays on behalf of its 13 members: Brittany Ferries, Caledonian MacBrayne, Condor Ferries, DFDS, Hovertravel, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Isles of Scilly Travel, Thames Clippers, P&O Ferries, Red Funnel, Stena Line and Wightlink.

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