Does the BritRail pass include all the features of the other regional passes?

If I buy the BritRail pass does it include all of the features of the other passes? For example, the Freedom Of Scotland pass includes some ferries. If I'm using the BritRail pass, does it also include passage on those same ferries? I haven't found anything that indicates whether or not ferries are included or excluded specifically for the BritRail. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 19, 2015 21:32
    Hi Robyn. Thank you for your question.

    The BritRail Pass would actually not be valid on any ferries, as the BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass. would be. The BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass is valid on all 'Caledonian MacBrayne' ferries in Scotland, as well as 'Argyll' ferries between Gourock and Dunoon. The BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass would also enable passengers to receive a 20% discount on Northlink Ferries between Scrabster and Stromness, Aberdeen and Lerwick, Aberdeen and Kirkwall, and Kirkwall and Lerwick.

    You would purchase the BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-scottish-freedom-pass/index.html.
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  • Thanks, Jeff. I think the easiest course would probably be just to get the regular BritRail pass that covers all 3 countries, since we'll also be traveling through Wales and England, and then just pay for the ferry tickets separately as needed.

    We really only are thinking about going to Islay to visit my one square foot of real estate at the Laphroaig distillery. Stromness and Skara Brae would be nice, but I don't know if we'll be able to do that this trip. We've got three weeks, but don't want to have some crazy itinerary to follow and since it will be the last week in October and into November, the weather might not be so great for some activities.

    Again, thank you for the info!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 19, 2015 22:43
    I agree, Robyn, if that's what you're doing, the BritRail Pass would be your best choice. Have a great trip!
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