on an island it is easy to assume that the logical way to get
to other countries is to fly. However it is amazing how easy
it is to get to other countries without resorting to the airlines.
There is some question about
the efficiency of ferries and cruise ships in respect of C02
emissions and pollution (see our section on Cruise
Liners) but the advantage of ferries is that they can be
combined with other forms of transport -train or bus -to make
the trip much more efficient overall.
Clearly there are the obvious
cross channel connections -to France, Belgium, Holland,
Denmark, Spain and of course Ireland. It is possible to get to
destinations further afield by sea or by combining train and
sea travel, any more distant locations can be accessible this
way, for example Sweden, Norway and the Balkan states -Finland,
Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Britain is also well blessed with
many interesting island destinations and ferries are possible
to Isle of Man, Isle of wight.
the Channel Islands as well as Scottish Islands and the Faroes
or even Iceland.
-Greek ferry company running routes to Italy, Albania and the
- Blue Star Ferries
-serves the Dodecanese Islands (Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros,
Patmos, Astipalea, Symi, Tilos, Nissiros, Lipsi and Kastelorizo)
and the Cyclades.
- Brittany Ferries
-service between Ireland, UK, France and Spain.
MacBrayne, Hebridean and Clyde Ferries -service to Arran, Barra, Coll, Colonsay, Harris,
Islay, Lewis, Mull, North Uist, Skye, South Uist and Tiree.
Line -Norway's largest
cruise ferry line, operating between Norway, Denmark, Germany
- Condor Ferries
-Linking the UK, Channel Islands and Western France. Daily sailings
from Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth.
Seaways -routes from
Harwich and Newcastle to Holland and Scandinavia.
Lines -between France
and the Channel Isles.
- Eurotunnel -the other way to cross the channel!.
Line -routes between
Newcastle and Norway.
- Freight Ferries
-send your freight by sea to destinations in Europe and North
Line -voyages to remote,
beautiful and dramatic coastlines from the far north of Norway
to the distant south of Antarctica.
Mediterranean Line -covers
Corfu, Brindisi, Igoumenitsa, Patras, Paxi, Zakynthos and Cefallonia.
- Hellenic Seaways
-runs in the Aegean, serving the Mainland of Greece, the Greek
Islands and Crete
- Hoverspeed -high-speed car ferries, the fastest
sea crossings from England to France and Belgium.
Ferries -operate between
Dublin and Holyhead, Rosllare to Pembroke, Cherbourg and Roscoff.
- Isle of Sark Shipping -operating between Guernsey and Sark.
O'Groats to Orkney Ferry
-service from John O' Groats in the Far North of Scotland to
Lines -Greek line running
between Italy, Corfu and Greece.
Line -Dover to Dunkerque
- Northlink Ferries
serving the Orkney & Shetland Islands.
- Orkney Ferries
-mainland to the Orkneys
- P&O Ferries -cross Channel Ferries between France, Spain and
Funnel -Isle of Wight
France -Dover to calais
Ferry - Glenelg to Kylerhea.
Line -routes between
Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland, Denmark and Norway.
Line -frequent, fast
and conventional ferry services to and from the UK and Ireland,
Holland and within Scandinavia for cars, coaches and foot passengers.
Ferries -running from
Rosyth to Zeebrugge as well as routes between Italy, Corfu and
- Tallink -from its headquarters in Tallinn to
Helsinki, Rodstock and Stockholm.
Line -formerly Adriatica
-routes from Italy to Sardinia, Sicily and Albania.
Lines -ferries from Venice
to destinations in the Adriatic -southern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Line -ferries from Finland
to Sweden and Estonia.
Ferries -high speed car
and passenger ferries between Malta and Sicily.
Isle of Wight Ferries
-Cross Solent Ferry.
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