Top Ferry Trips Around the UK Coast

Discover the UK coast by ferry. Step off the mainland and enjoy the UK coast from one of the best ferry routes available. Get your shades on, feel the breeze and admire stunning views. Here are the top 5 ferry trips you can enjoy this summer:

1. Dartmouth to Kingswear, Devon

A floating platform lashed to a tug, the Dartmouth to Kingswear Lower Ferry works in a great setting. The steam engines on the Dartmouth Railway puff along the Kingswear side in summer and the grand buildings of the Royal Naval College rear up on the Dartmouth side. You need to be out on the water to see both – and the ferry is the easiest way.

Some of the beaches that you admire on the way Blackpool Sands, Sugar Cove BeachLeonards Cove Beach and Mill Bay Cove Beach.

Runs daily all year, 7am-10.55pm; £6.70 per car, foot passengers, £2.

2. Guernsey to Sark, Channel Islands

The self-governing island of Sark remains a backwater of old-fashioned living as the ferry is the only link to the outside world. The 45-minute journey from Guernsey’s St Peter Port is particularly scenic, passing the island of Herm en route. Transport on Sark is a choice of bicycle and horse-and-cart, so island life is particularly peaceful, but it isn’t poor: several Islanders are nominal company directors, so standards of living are high.

Runs all year, five times daily in summer. Adult single £19; child, £9, dog £5

3. Tenby to Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

To discover beautiful Caldey Island that is only a 20-minute crossing from Tenby that is served by a shuttle system of converted fishing boats. Caldey Abbey is home to Cistercian monks, who make perfume and chocolate and sell it in the monastery shop. The atmospheric former priory church of St Illtyd has touching messages on the wall, such as ‘To mom. I hope you are safe’.

Runs Monday to Saturday (island closed on Sundays), April to October, 10am-5pm; adult, £17 return, child, £10. More info:

4. Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna from Mallaig, Highlands

This quirky circuit takes in many island-scapes, from Canna’s sandy flatlands to Rum’s brooding mass. Each island has a story: Rum was once forbidden territory, Eigg’s residents did a buy-out and Muck is still owned by one family.

The trip is run by MV Lochnevis and lasts about eight hours, returning to Mallaig. Daily except for Sundays. Non-landing cruise, £16. More info:

5. Sandbanks to Shell Bay, Dorset

The car-ferrying chain ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast is a bit of a Tardis among ferry crossings, transporting customers from the densely urbanised to the surprisingly rural in just four minutes. On the Swanage side, the first beach – Studland – is famous for nudists, and there’s a great walk out to Old Harry Rocks, with views of the Isle of Wight.

The ferry runs daily all year round, between 7am-11pm, £1 each way per pedestrian, £5.20 per car. More info:

We hope that you enjoyed this article and found a new way to discover our wonderful UK coast.