Getting to Ghost Island
So....where exactly is Ghost Island and how do I get there?
The Isle of Wight - Ghostisland - is a British island and county of England, set in the English Channel, 3-5 miles (5-8 km) off the south coast, and separated from the mainland by the Solent. The Island is known for its outstanding natural beauty, its world-famous sailing at the town of Cowes, and its many seaside resorts, which have been popular holiday destinations since Victorian times.
'The Island' as it is known locally, is about 60 miles from London. As there is no bridge, unless you fly in by private plane, the only way to get here is by boat.
Crossing the water...
The Isle of Wight is only a short trip by ferry, hovercraft or fast-cat from the mainland. Whether you are coming for a day trip, a short break or longer stay, you will need to choose your most convenient crossing.
Wightlink - www.wightlink.co.uk
Wightlink operate every day of the year across the Solent. Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth car ferries cross in 40 and 30 minutes respectively. The Portsmouth to Ryde passenger only catamaran takes around 22 minutes.
Use these postcodes to find the ferry terminals:
- Portsmouth (Gunwharf Car Ferry terminal) PO1 2LA
- Portsmouth Harbour Station (FastCat) PO1 3PS
- Lymington Pier SO41 5SB
- Fishbourne PO33 4EU
- Ryde Pier PO33 2HF
- Yarmouth PO41 0PB
Southampton to East Cowes car ferry route and fast passenger ferries between Southampton and Cowes. Check the website for offers and book online at: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries
Red Funnel has two terminals in Southampton. Terminal 1 (vehicle ferry services to East Cowes) is at Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, SO14 2AQ. Terminal 2 (Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger service to West Cowes) is located on Town Quay, SO14 2PQ.
Red Funnel has two terminals on the Isle of Wight separated by the river Medina. East Cowes terminal (vehicle ferry services from Southampton) is at PO32 6RF. West Cowes terminal (Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger services) is at PO31 7AR.
A floating bridge connects East and West Cowes, avoiding a 30 minute journey by road.
Hovertravel - www.hovertravel.co.uk
Hovercraft service from Southsea to Ryde Esplanade. Foot passengers only.
For more information about rail services and through rail ticketing to Yarmouth, Ryde and Island Line stations call National Rail on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
For through train services from Waterloo and other main line stations visit www.thetrainline.com
National Express operate direct coach services to Portsmouth Harbour. For more information about coach services and through ticketing to the Island contact National Express on 08717 818181 or visit www.nationalexpress.com
Getting around by bus, the Island's local bus operator is Southern Vectis (Vectis is the Roman name for the Isle of Wight) Visit: www.islandbuses.info