Ferry scheme for young people extended to under 22s

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the ferry scheme for young people will be extended to all island residents under the age of 22.

The scheme offers four free single (two return) ferry journeys a year to the mainland. At present it covers 16-18 year olds and eligible full time volunteers up to the age of 26. More people will be able to access ferry vouchers as a result of this change.

Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop said:

“Ferries are an essential part of Scotland's transport network, providing a vital lifeline for island residents. I’m pleased that more young people will soon be able to benefit from this initiative, saving them money during the cost crisis."

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights Patrick Harvie said:

“This is great news for young people living on Scotland’s islands and complements our hugely popular scheme to give young people free access to bus travel.

“This is further action that will save young people money, remove cost barriers to transport and support more sustainable travel choices.”

For more information on the scheme visit Ferry concessions (transport.gov.scot).


Decisions on the Government’s spending plans for 2024-25 and future years are subject to the outcome of the Scottish Budget process and associated approval by the Scottish Parliament.  The Scottish Government intends to present the Draft Budget 2024-25 to Parliament on Tuesday 19 December 2023.

Published 30 Oct 2023 Tags