Brownsea Island Ferries at Poole Quay/Dorset

Esther Tendai Burt

My name is Esther. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I came to the UK, London to be specific in the year 2000. In 2005, I graduated as a psychiatric nurse at South Bank University. I moved down to Southampton in 2006. I did Journalism in 2011 and founded my own publication called DIY Girl magazine. Fast forward, I am now a full-time travel blogger.

Brownsea Island Ferries at Poole Quay/Dorset

Living in Bournemouth is a blessing each and every day. The Poole Harbour is only a stone-throw away. This gave me the opportunity to explore the islands using the famous Brownsea Island Ferry. I call them the Dorset Heritage as their history dates back to over a 100 years.


What I liked most was the fact that these boats are family operated. The family has been proudly running the unmissable yellow boats for the past century. This was noticed by the high standard of service received. The boat was very clean showing that it was well looked after.


Love Life in Brownsea Island Ferry

Clean Boat



As we approached the Brownsea Island

I was very delighted to use the Brownsea Island Ferry. The experience exceeded my expectation. I was very consumed with excitement so much that I had to go on the early morning ferry. We left the Poole Harbour at 11 am. The ferry took us straight to the Brownsea Island before proceeding to the rest of the other islands; the Green Island, the Round Island, and the Long Island. All three islands are within the Poole Harbour. The Green Island and the Brownsea Island are one of the few known places in England where red squirrels are still found. I loved the grassy paddocks and the woodlands gave another different view of the world.


Although I went on the Brownsea Island & Around the Island trip, the Brownsea ferries go to several places delighting both holidaymakers and local people. They also have the Wareham River Cruise, The Swanage Bay, the Jurassic Coast, and the Old Harry trips. During summer time, there are extra incredible events covered. These include the popular Bournemouth Air Show and the Fireworks Cruises. For detailed information and exact dates please do Click Here


Itinerary Board


The Brownsea Island Ferries run different size boats:



Their smallest boat is called ‘The Maid of the Islands’. This is a very perfect boat for picnic lovers. It comes without a bar or any catering facilities making it very ideal for individuals to carry their preferred meals and drinks.



This is the lovely mid-sized cruise boat. It is equipped suitably to cater for small groups and private charter.



The Maid of the Harbour


These are their largest boats. If you would like to host a party, the Maid of Poole is the best choice. It carries up to 185 passengers suitable for corporate entertainment too. It also comes with the dance floor, inbuilt central heating, and have BBQs & buffets to go with the fully licensed bar. Food and drink lovers would never be let down. For details about their different boats visit their Types of Boats



Brownsea Island Ferries are all modern as they are regularly inspected for the safety of its passengers. They are valued as all-weather vessels ensuring people to sail with that extra peace of mind. Hot drinks were served too. This came handy as the day fluctuated between partly cloudy to clear skies.

Having a cuppa

There was so much time I had to take some selfies…


These colourful boats have been gracing the Poole Harbour since 1887. To this date, they haven’t failed to impress their passengers by creating a trademark admired by many. Lord Baden-Powel used the Brownsea Island Ferries from Sandbanks to Brownsea Island where he organised the first Scout camp in 1907. Since then, the yellow ferries have been historically linked with the transportation of the Scout movement.


If you love travelling by boats, I suggest you try the Brownsea Island Ferries. It’s not just the bright-yellow colour that immediately brightens up the trip in advance but it’s just what you get the minute you step inside. You will never miss them. As you approach the Poole Quay, their kiosk is also painted yellow. If you have used their boats before, share your experience below. I had an awesome experience.

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 09:39h, 14 May Reply

    Thank you..
    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip xxx xxx
    Chrissie x.

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 09:40h, 14 May Reply

    Thank you
    I’m glad you enjoyed your day out with us
    Chrissie x

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