Getting around Scotland by ferry

Sail to some of our most beautiful islands and beyond - and prepare to be wowed by breathtaking coastlines and striking landscapes along the way.

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By Sea

Scotland’s six main ferry ports connect the mainland to our coastal islands like Arran, Orkney and Shetland – as well as to Northern Ireland and Europe. You can travel as a foot passenger or take your car on most ferries.

From short trips to overnight sailing, ferries offers an enjoyable and often exciting way for you and your family to travel. If you’re lucky, you might spot seals, puffins and other sea birds or even a whale.

In the summer the ferry is a particularly popular way to travel – so ensure you book in advance.