Big Ferry Fortnight launched with 10 most beautiful destinations reached by ferry and offers free tickets to ‘sea’ them
• Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot is running up until 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
With destinations from across the British Isles, Ireland and Europe making the list, there’s still time for holidaymakers from the UK and Isle of Man to enter the 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. 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.
3. L’Ancresse Common on Guernsey in the Channel Islands – reached by Condor Ferries travelling to Guernsey.
4. The Needles on the coast of the Isle of Wight – Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel offer services to the Isle of Wight.
5. Greenwich Royal Naval College and Observatory, London – viewed from the river with Thames Clippers.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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).
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.”