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Brittany Ferries
Caledonian MacBrayne
Condor
DFDS
Irish Ferries
Isle of Man Steam Packet
North Link
P&O
Red Funnel
Stena Line
Wightlink

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Ferry Services

A popular type of quiz question is "From which (UK) port could you travel by ferry to ... ?" This page aims to cover such questions.

I've included a clue to the location of the home port, where I think this might help.

Most of this information comes from Ferrysavers, through which you can book tickets for literally hundreds of ferry services around the world. I've only extracted a selection of the UK ones, but I've also added a few more that Ferrysavers doesn't seem to cover.

I've classified the services according to the companies that run them - not because I wish to provide them with free advertising, but because most of them specialise in one geographical area and so provide a ready-made classification.

Note that some destinations can be reached from more than one home port.

This information was gathered in July 2017, at which time it was hopefully up to date.

Brittany Ferries

Santander, Bilbao, St. Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre Click to show or hide the answer
Portsmouth
Santander, Bilbao, Roscoff Click to show or hide the answer
Plymouth
Cherbourg Click to show or hide the answer
Poole
Roscoff Ireland (Republic of) Click to show or hide the answer
Cork

Caledonian MacBrayne

For those of us who love islands, and particularly the Western Isles of Scotland, just the name of Caledonian MacBrayne is enough to bring the mists into our eyes. The following is a small selection of the company's routes.

Brodick (Arran), Campbelltown (Kintyre) North Ayrshire Click to show or hide the answer
Ardrossan
Great Cumbrae (island) North Ayrshire Click to show or hide the answer
Largs
Rum, Canna; Eigg, Muck (all islands); Armadale (Skye); Lochboisdale (South Uist) Lochaber Click to show or hide the answer
Mallaig
Tarbert (Harris), Lochmaddy (North Uist) Skye Click to show or hide the answer
Uig
Stornoway (Lewis) Ross–shire Click to show or hide the answer
Ullapool

In the following table, the question is sort of the other way round: "Which Scottish island can be reached by ferry from ... "

Wemyss Bay (Argyll) Click to show or hide the answer
Bute (Rothesay)
Fionnphort (on the western extremity of Mull) Click to show or hide the answer
Iona
Oban or Lochaline Click to show or hide the answer
Mull
Sconser (Skye) Click to show or hide the answer
Raasay

Condor Ferries

Jersey, Guernsey Click to show or hide the answer
Portsmouth
Jersey Click to show or hide the answer
Poole
Jersey French port (Brittany) Click to show or hide the answer
St. Malo

Condor Ferries also run a service between Jersey and Guernsey.

DFDS

DFDS stands for Det Forenede Dampskibs–Selskab (literally 'The United Steamship Company'). The company was founded in 1866, by a merger of the three biggest Danish steamship companies of that time.

Dunkirk Click to show or hide the answer
Dover
Amsterdam IJmuiden Click to show or hide the answer
Newcastle
Dieppe Click to show or hide the answer
Newhaven

Irish Ferries

For obvious reasons, the answers in this section are the names of Irish ports.

Holyhead Click to show or hide the answer
Dublin
Pembroke, Cherbourg, Roscoff Click to show or hide the answer
Rosslare

Isle of Man Steam Packet

Belfast, Dublin, Heysham, Liverpool Click to show or hide the answer
Douglas

North Link

Kirkwall (Orkney), Lerwick (Shetland) Click to show or hide the answer
Aberdeen
Stromness (Orkney, Mainland) Thurso Bay Click to show or hide the answer
Scrabster
St. Margaret's Hope (South Ronaldsway, Orkney) Near John o'Groats Click to show or hide the answer
Gills Bay

North Link also run a service between Kirkwall and Lerwick.

P&O Ferries

Larne (Co. Antrim, near Belfast) (Dumfries &) Galloway Click to show or hide the answer
Cairnryan
Dublin Click to show or hide the answer
Liverpool
Calais Click to show or hide the answer
Dover
Rotterdam Europort, Zeebrugge Click to show or hide the answer
Hull

Red Funnel

East Cowes (on the opposite bank of the River Medina from Cowes itself) Click to show or hide the answer
Southampton

Stena Line

Rosslare Click to show or hide the answer
Fishguard
Dublin Click to show or hide the answer
Holyhead
Belfast England Click to show or hide the answer
Liverpool
Scotland Click to show or hide the answer
Cairnryan
Hook of Holland Click to show or hide the answer
Harwich

Wightlink

Ryde, Fishbourne Click to show or hide the answer
Portsmouth
Yarmouth Click to show or hide the answer
Lymington

For another service to the Isle of Wight, see Red Funnel.

© Haydn Thompson 2017