New ferry route between Scotland and Europe to open in 2023

   November 8, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The city of Bruges has confirmed that a new ferry route between Belgium and Scotland was in the works, linking Zeebrugge, West Flanders, and the port of Rosyth, a 40-minute drive away from Edinburgh.

The route is scheduled to open in April 2023, primarily operating as freight transport between the 2 destinations. 

However, the mayor of Bruges, Dirk De Fauw, said that passenger travel via ferry, which would take 20 hours, was also a possibility. It was hoped the journey would be an eco-friendly alternative for travelers who might otherwise take a flight. 

The link between Belgium and Scotland was previously in place back in 2018 but was stopped after a fire on Finlandia Seaways.

Port of Zeebrugge (Bruges, Belgium)

Image: Port of Zeebrugge (Bruges, Belgium)

De Fauw told Belgium news stations he was excited about the possibilities brought by the ferry route and was happy to see an alternative to the old Zeebrugge-Hull link to the United Kingdom.

‘Rosyth is located not far from Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are cities with populations of 650,000 and 2 million respectively.’