​Ferry Concessions

​Residents of the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland who have a National Entitlement Card can also get two free return ferry journeys to the mainland each year.

The vouchers are valid throughout the year for travel as a foot passenger.

When you apply for your National Entitlement Card your local authority will also send your ferry vouchers. They'll also send new vouchers before April 1. Vouchers are valid until March 31.

Claiming your free ferry travel

To claim your free journey book in person or over the phone. If buying in person, show your National Entitlement Card and exchange your vouchers for a free ticket. If you call, have your National Entitlement Card and ferry voucher numbers to hand.

However you book, always remember to bring your National Entitlement Card and ferry voucher when you travel or you may be charged for your journey.

Western Isles residents

Use your ferry voucher to travel on any of these routes:

  • Castlebay (Barra) - Oban
  • Lochboisdale (South Uist) - Oban
  • Lochmaddy (North Uist) - Uig
  • Tarbert (Harris) - Uig
  • Stornoway ( Lewis) - Ullapool

Orkney and Shetland residents

Use your ferry voucher to travel on any of these routes:

  • Lerwick - Aberdeen
  • Kirkwall - Aberdeen
  • Stromness - Scrabster
  • St Margaret's Hope - Gills Bay
  • Burwick - John O'Groats

Your voucher also entitles you to a free berth on overnight services. Remember to book in advance as berths are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Who are you travelling with?

If you're travelling alone you'll be put in a two or four berth, same sex cabin. The ferry operator will always try to give you the lower bed. You are entitled to a private cabin but will be required to pay the cost difference.

If you're travelling with a non-concessionary traveller you're still entitled to free travel but your companion must cover any costs they incur. If you choose to share a private cabin, they'll meet the additional costs.

If you're travelling with another concessionary traveller and want to share a cabin, the ferry operator will always try to give you a private cabin.

If you're travelling with concessionary and non-concessionary travellers you can opt for a four bed cabin. Only the non-concessionary travellers will be charged.

If you'd like to upgrade to a premium cabin you must make up the cost difference.