Ferries in the UK
Ferries to the Isle of Wight
There are two main companies that operate car ferries to the Isle of Wight these are Wightlink and Red Funnel. Wight link operate a route from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth whilst Red Funnel operate the route from Southampton to Cowes.
The Isle of Wight is a lovely place to visit and with a short crossing of 40 minutes to one hour (depending on your route) it is suitable to travel to for either a few days or a longer holiday.
We travelled on Wightlink from Portsmouth to Fishbone the port is well marked from all the major routes into Portsmouth. The ferry loading area is quite small and at they moment they don't like you to arrive more than 1 hour earlier than your booked time. There is parking opposite (pay and display) if you haven't booked a ferry and want to go in and see if there is space available.
Loading is quick and easy. Simply follow directions and the marked lanes and you can't go wrong. You are not allowed to stay in your vehicle on this ferry but there are lovely comfortable areas, both inside and on deck, for you to have a drink and relax as you travel.
The arrival port of Fishbourne is on the north coast, near to Ryde, all major towns are easily reached from there.
Pictured right: Our Romahome Duo taking a trip back to it's 'birthplace' on the Isle of Wight
Scottish Island Ferries
We have travelled around some of the western islands of scotland using Caladonian MacBrayne.
The shorter crossings are usually the type where you stay in your vehicle during the crossing. Although there is usually a small seating area and cafe plus space to walk around the deck, albeit amongst the other vehicles.
Crossings between Dunoon and Gourock take around 20 minutes and take you right onto the Cowal Peninsula -the gateway to Loch Lomond and the Troassachs National Park and the way forward to destinations such as Tighnabruaich, Inveraray, Kintyre and Oban.
Gourock is about 45 minutes drive from Glasgow.