• 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
(24 February 2020) To 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 www.bigferryfortnight.com, to win free tickets so they can enjoy these sights themselves.
1. Bryher, Isles of Scilly – reached by Scillonian III to St Mary’s with Isles of Scilly Travel and an inter-island boat service.
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.
3. 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.
4. L’Ancresse Common on Guernsey in the Channel Islands – reached by Condor Ferries travelling to Guernsey.
5. Outer Hebrides, Scotland – celebrated in 2020 as part of Scotland’s ”Year of Coasts & Waters”, the islands can be reached via a number of routes operated by Caledonian Macbrayne.
6. 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.
7. 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.
9. 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.
10. Greenwich Royal Naval College and Observatory, London – viewed from the river with Thames Clippers.
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 www.bigferryfortnight.com