Big Ferry Fortnight launches with 10 most beautiful destinations reached by ferry and offers free tickets to ‘sea’ them

10 most beautiful destinations reached by ferryTo celebrate Big Ferry Fortnight, industry body Discover Ferries has listed the 10 most beautiful sights reached by water. With destinations from across the British Isles, Ireland and Europe making the list, holidaymakers from the UK and Isle of Man can enter a public ballot, at, to win free tickets so they can enjoy these sights themselves.

Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot runs from 27th February – 12th March 2020

Over 600 free pairs of ferry tickets are available for routes across the British Isles, Ireland and Europe worth more than £80,000 More than 250 free pairs of ferry tickets are available from ports in Scotland and the North of England

10 most beautiful destinations reached by ferry

  1. Outer Hebrides, Scotland – celebrated in 2020 as part of Visit Scotland’s ”Year of Coasts & Water”, the islands can be reached via a number of routes operated by Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac Ferries). Photography credit: ©CalMacOuter Hebrides
  2. Snaefell Summit, Isle of Man. On a clear day you can see the ‘7 Kingdoms’ at once: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, the heavens and the seas. Travel with Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.Isle of Man
  3. Lough Tay, Wicklow Mountains National Park, less than an hour’s drive from Dublin port. Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate services from Holyhead year-round. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates seasonal services from Douglas. Photography credit: ©Failte Ireland / Tourism IrelandWicklow
  4. The rope bridges at Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim in Northern Ireland, just over an hour’s drive from the port of Belfast – reached by P&O Ferries and Stena Line year-round and via Isle of Man Steam Packet Company seasonally. Photography credit: ©Discover FerriesWicklow
  5. Bruges, Belgium – accessed by P&O Ferries’ Hull to Zeebrugge and Dover to Calais routes, with DFDS via Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk and Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Stena Line from Harwich to Hook of Holland. Photography credit: ©Visit FlandersBruges
  6. Greenwich Royal Naval College and Observatory, London – viewed from the river with Thames Clippers. Photography credit: ©Derek Sewell Photography credit: ©Luca BravoGreenwich
  7. Ploumanac’h, explore the unique rock formations of the Pink Granite Coast in Brittany, France via Brittany Ferries, which offers routes from Plymouth to Roscoff or Portsmouth to Saint Malo.Ploumanac'h
  8. L’Ancresse Common on Guernsey in the Channel Islands – reached by Condor Ferries travelling to Guernsey. Photography credit: ©Visit GuernseyLAncresse
  9. The Needles on the coast of the Isle of Wight – Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel offer services to the Isle of Wight. Photography credit: ©Visit Isle of WightThe Needles
  10. Bryher, Isles of Scilly – reached by Scillonian III to St Mary’s with Isles of Scilly Travel and an inter-island boat service. Photography credit: ©Isles of Scilly TravelBryher

Emma Batchelor, director of Discover Ferries, says: “Holidaymakers look for richer holiday experiences that enable them to see a more authentic side of their destination and capture memories along the way – a trend we see widely on social media where #travel has been tagged more than 470 million times on Instagram alone.”

Ferry travel offers a great start to any holiday for those seeking freedom and adventure, whether that is catching a glimpse of marine wildlife from the ferry deck or exploring the fantastic food outlets and entertainment available on board. This list highlights the best and most breath-taking places passengers can ‘sea’ on our home shores and neighbouring European coasts.

Emma added, “The Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot is a great opportunity for people who may never have travelled by ferry before, offering them the chance to experience the benefits of travelling on the water and reaching some of the world’s most beautiful destinations – for free!

“The land and seascapes on our list are as diverse as the types of holidays ferry passengers enjoy; so whether you are seeking a longer, cruise-style ferry experience to travel to Ireland or continental Europe, or are looking to experience natural beauty closer to home with a shorter crossing – there are plenty of options. And, as an island nation, you are never too far from your nearest port.” To enter the Big Ferry Fortnight ballot, visit


Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot Summary

  • Over 600 pairs of free ferry tickets up for grabs worth more than £80,000
  • Tickets available on 40 routes across the British Isles, Ireland and Europe
  • The ballot is only open to residents of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man, who can apply online for a chance to win
  • Tickets are for a range of ferry trips, from short island-hopping routes across Scotland and escapes to the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly, to cruise-style ferry journeys across the North and Irish Seas, as well as cross-Channel trips and even river journeys with spectacular views across London
  • Winners will be selected by random ballot and will receive a maximum of a pair of tickets per household (vehicle and family tickets are also on offer for some ferry routes)
  • Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot opens on 27th February and closes on 12th March 2020
  • Tickets are available from ports across the UK, with tickets up for grabs from different regions:

Region of departure Number of tickets available

North & Scotland 255

South & South West 215

South East 130

Northern Ireland 45

Wales 25

East 25

Isle of Man 20

When is Big Ferry Fortnight?

Big Ferry Fortnight will take place from 27th February to 12th March 2020. Big Ferry Fortnight has evolved from National Ferry Fortnight, which was first launched in 2008 to showcase Britain’s extensive network of ferry routes and the benefits of travel by sea. The annual event is organised by Discover Ferries, the industry body representing 13 ferry companies operating in the UK, Ireland and British Islands.


Applying for tickets

Entrants can apply for as many tickets as they like at when the ballot opens on Thursday 27th February 2020. People can also pre-register their interest in tickets now and will get exclusive early access. The ballot will close at midnight on Thursday 12th March 2020.

What are the rules?

This ballot is only open to people living in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, aged 18 and over. Participants can apply for tickets to any of the ferry routes listed. A maximum of one pair of tickets per household will be allocated at random by ballot (some car and family tickets are available). For full T&Cs please refer to:

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