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PO ferries

If traveling from continental Europe then the Amsterdam to Newcastle services from DFDS Seaways gets you the closest to the borders. Journey time is 16 hours so you can relax; enjoy the fine dining and entertainment on board whilst also catching a good night’s sleep ready for your onward journey to explore Scotland.

For those coming from Ireland and Northern Ireland then both P&O Ferries and Stena Line provide crossings from Northern Ireland. Simply catch the ferry from Belfast or Larne and travel to Cairnryan or Troon in Scotland. However Troon is only operational during the summer months from March. Journey time is from just 2 hours using the latest fast craft vessels.

The most cost effective way to buy your ferry tickets is to book online and in advance. It should be noted that telephone charges are now incurred when making bookings to ferry operators. With the increase of comparison websites this buying facility is now available for ferry tickets. Ferryonline.co.uk compare all ferry services between Ireland and Scotland in addition to services from continental Europe. This means you could decide to catch the ferry from Calais and then drive up to Scotland taking in the English countryside before exploring the Highlands.