In 1993 Cork County Council and the newly formed Cross River Ferries Ltd (owned by Marine Transport Services of Cobh and Arklow Shipping Ltd), started a lower river crossing linking Glenbrook with Carrigaloe, on Great Island. Cross River Ferries Ltd., Marine Transport Services and James Scott & Co. are all part of the Doyle Shipping Group, based in Cobh. The name Scott has been associated with shipping in Cork for more than 150 years. In the early 1800s, the Scott family were shipowners dealing principally in colliers trading in and out of Cobh. From 1835, the size of vessels handled by the family increased to such an extent that they became involved in trans-Atlantic and cross-Channel trade.
Two ferries, the Kyleakin and the Lochalsh, operated by Caledoian McBrayne on the western coast of Scotland were bought by Cross River Ferries and brought to Cork. Renamed the Glenbrook and the Carrigaloe, they began servicing the crossing of the River Lee in March, 1993. The two ships can carry 200 passengers and 27 cars. The crossing from Glenbrook to Carrigaloe takes four minutes and is a convenient and pleasant way to avoid traffic congestion around Cork City. The ferries run daily and reservations are not required.
Weekdays and Sundays: 07.00am to 10.00pm
Cross River Ferries, Westland House, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork.
|Car with trailer||6.50||9.50||35.00|
|Minibus (+12 passengers)||12.00||16.00|
|Minibus (+24 passengers)||22.00||32.00|
|Van truck (up to 6 metres)||7.50||10.50||37.00|
|Truck (6 – 9 metres)||14.00|
|Truck (greater than 9 metres)||16.00|