DUG Tag: Holidays with Dogs

Western Ferries

Ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.

All guide dogs and domestic pets travel FREE of charge. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when they are not in your vehicle. Passengers are solely responsible for their pets’ welfare and conduct whilst onboard our vessels and at our terminals.

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North Link Ferries

NorthLink Ferries is an operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, as well as ferry services, between mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland.

With the exception of support dogs, animals are not allowed in the internal public areas including cabins.

Unfortunately, dogs have to be placed in the Kennel facilities which are on board and this needs to be booked in advance. For more information visit: http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/
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P&O Ferries

P&O Ferries accept the carriage of pet animals. We make a charge of £15 each way for each pet travelling onboard Dover to Calais, and £17 for each pet travelling onboard our Hull – Rotterdam/Zeebrugge route, with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. For customers travelling on our Irish routes there is no charge for pets. Please note that animals cannot travel unaccompanied.

Dover – Calais

Check-in at least one hour before departure and the animals must remain inside the vehicle at all times during the crossing. Foot passengers cannot travel with

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Caledonian MacBrayne

“Pets are welcome on board and travel free of charge. Facilities vary from ship to ship.

On most of our ships pets are allowed access to all outside passenger areas. Many of our larger ships have internal pet areas with seating provided for owners. When inside, passengers travelling with pets should remain in these areas. On some ships pets are not permitted inside.

For further information please call the Customer Care Department on 01475 650338.”

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Dogs are allowed to travel with you in your vehicle via the Eurotunnel however there is a charge of £16 per dog each way (as at Jan 2014). The journey time to France is approx 35 mins. An official registration certificate is required at check in, together with the dog’s travel documentation. You will also need to add your dog to your pre-booking.

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Taking your Dog Abroad

Below is information on traveling abroad with your dog.

If you wish to travel within the EU your dog must have:

  • a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination (your dog has to be microchipped prior to the vaccination. You then must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before traveling)
  • a pet passport (obtained from your vets)
  • tapeworm treatment

For more information visit the UK Government website:


or call the Pet Travel Scheme helpline 0870 241 1710

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