Ferry firms launch guide to most popular on-board photo hotspots for passengers

One of the first things holidaymakers do when they arrive at a destination is share a social media image of the location.

New research by Discover Ferries, the industry body which represents 13 UK ferry operators, has shown social media posts, videos and images continue to be a growing influence on people’s travel choices.

Tourists share around five photos every day they are away, according to the analysis, with beach, waterfront (25%), and spectacular natural landscapes (21%) favourite scenes to capture and share.

With many people already planning holidays for 2022, the findings reflect current trends and the opportunities of travelling by ferry to post photos of the incredible sights and memorable experiences.

Ferry decks provide social media users with the perfect place to take photos of stunning panoramic ocean views and natural landscapes including marine wildlife in a way that other forms of transport simply can’t offer.



Views from the deck of the Oban Ferry
Views from the deck of the Oban Ferry

Discover Ferries has released its recommendations to capture Ferry Instagram-able Moments . The guide shares the most spectacular ship to shore views found in British waters, special moments to capture on board and tips for sharing best experiences online.

Abby Penlington, director at Discover Ferries, said: “It’s clear from our research that for many of us sharing photos on social media is part of the fun of travelling.

“Travellers are seeking out the most beautiful and iconic landscapes. Time spent scrolling through social media has significantly increased over the past year, giving greater influence over our holiday plans and aspirations. And judging by the number of holiday pictures people post, the trend for booking picturesque trips will only grow.”

Discover Ferries has compiled a list of the ferry routes that feature sights that beg to be photographed, which are only visible when travelling by ferry:

White Cliffs of Dover – get that iconic view of Dover’s white limestone cliffs plunging into the sea when crossing the Channel with DFDS, Irish Ferries or P&O Ferries.

Dublin’s Poolbeg Lighthouse – the iconic red lighthouse welcomes you to Dublin as you approach aboard Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, P&O Ferries or Stena Line.

Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays – visible when departing or arriving in Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries or Wightlink

Guernsey’s Castle Cornet and Elizabeth Castle on Jersey – seen when travelling with Condor Ferries from Poole or Portsmouth

Isle of Man’s Tower of Refuge – capture when approaching Douglas harbour on Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Minack Theatre and Land’s End – catch sight of these landmarks from the Scillonian III sailing to/from the Isles of Scilly with Isles of Scilly Travel

Cowes Harbour – experienced when arriving in the Isle of Wight on Red Funnel

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Tobermory, Isle of Mull and the colourful waterfront village – when sailing with Caledonian MacBrayne to or from Kilchoan

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight during docking – arrive directly in this verdant village surrounded by green fields on Wightlink

Les Ramparts de Saint-Malo and Le Grand Bé – visible as you approach Saint-Malo, France with Brittany Ferries or Condor Ferries

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