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Travelling with pets

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Pets travel for free. 

Booking a trip? Don't leave your four-legged friend behind, they're part of the family! Bring them along so that they can share the adventures and enjoy the fun.

At present, you only need to book your pet if you plan to sit inside (at an appointed pet lounge). If you keep your pet in the car, or sit outside for the full journey, you don't need to request a pet ticket.

Prior to making your main booking, we recommend using our new, online Pet Ticket Availability Checker to help you determine how much space is available. You'll then be able to make your main booking and return to the checker page to progress with your pet ticket request.

You can also book your pet via the phone. Details can be found via our Customer Services Contact page.


If you plan to take your pet into a designated pet lounge, a zero-value pet ticket will be required for the following routes in advance of travel for Summer 2022: 

Arran: Ardrossan - Brodick 

Barra: Oban - Castlebay 

Coll & Tiree: Oban - Coll - Tiree 

Colonsay: Oban - Colonsay - Port Askaig

Harris: Uig - Tarbert 

Islay: Kennacraig - Port Ellen/Port Askaig 

Kintyre: Ardrossan - Campbeltown 

Lewis: Ullapool - Stornoway 

Mull: Oban - Craignure 

North Uist: Uig - Lochmaddy 

Skye: Mallaig - Armadale 

Small Isles: Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Rum - Canna 

South Uist: Mallaig/Oban - Lochboisdale 

If your route is not listed above, a pet ticket is not required. Pet tickets will be issued on the day of travel for Turn Up and Go Routes. ​​​​ 


Support dogs 

*Support dogs do not require a zero-value ticket prior to travel. Support Dogs are allowed to access all public areas on our ferries, except designated children's play areas. 

The welfare of our passengers is very important, and we ask that you read the following information before you travel with your pet. These points are applicable to both foot and vehicle passengers travelling with pets. It is our aim to make journeys as safe and comfortable as possible for all our passengers. Please take due care and show consideration for everyone on board. 


Travelling in a vehicle 

Ferries can be an unfamiliar place for pets. Space can be limited and noisy, so when you are travelling with a vehicle it is recommended that, where possible, pets remain inside vehicles for the duration of your journey. If you are on a longer journey and wish to visit your pet, please contact a member of staff who will be happy to help where they can, however, please be aware that visits are not guaranteed and may be subject to operational restrictions. 


Pet travel checklist 

  • Always leave enough food and water in your vehicle for your pet. 

  • Supply absorbent bedding or mats where possible. 

  • You must make sure the ventilation inside your vehicle is good and the pet's welfare is well catered for. 

  • Deactivate the interior motion sensor of your vehicle alarm. 

  • Remember to leave them with their favourite toy. 

  • Don't forget spare pet/doggy bags. 


Behaviour on board 

  • Always use designated pet areas and follow our signage. 

  • Pets must be kept off seats and not obstruct emergency exits. 

  • Pets are not allowed in any food, beverage, or carpeted areas (for hygiene reasons).*Support dogs are permitted to all passenger areas 

  • Please stay with your pet at all times, other than when they are left in a vehicle. 

  • Pets must be kept on a lead whilst on board. 

  • If your dog is unsociable or nervous when in an unfamiliar or busy environment, we strongly advise that owners fit a muzzle whilst around other passengers. 

  • Pets are welcome on all outside passenger decks. 

  • Please note that if any damage is made to a vessel or premises i.e. furnishings, flooring, or equipment, or the property of other passengers, crew, or staff that you will be liable for any losses, costs, or expenses incurred. 


Calls of Nature 

We know that most pet owners are very responsible, and always carefully clear up after their pets. We ask that this approach extends to travelling on our ferries. 


Special Arrangements 

Where special arrangements would be helpful to owners i.e. storing a pet in an  RSPCA  approved pet carrier or similar apparatus, provided by the owner, a location may be identified on the ship by prior arrangement with the port of departure. Owners should contact the  port of departure at least seven days in advance of travel. 


Responsible dog ownership whilst visiting our islands and communities

Dog owners are asked to take precautions to prevent their pets from chasing or worrying livestock whilst visiting the islands and communities we serve. Tougher legislation has come into effect. You could face up to £40,000 fine or prison for allowing your dog to worry or attack livestock. 

  • Do not allow your dog to approach animals or people uninvited (in open country, it may not be obvious when animals are around).

  • Where possible avoid animals - release your dog if threatened.

  • Always keep your dog in sight and under control - if in doubt use a lead.

  • Look out for signs highlighting that there may be livestock nearby.

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