Ireland is that little country that almost everyone has heard of. Ireland is the most green of pleasant lands. A rich weave of lakes, mountains, cliffs and sea that faces both Europe and the Atlantic culturally. Sandy beaches in the east and harbour villages in the south contrast with the mountains of Wicklow and Mourne. The north offers the open expanses of Donegal and the dramatic Antrim coastline. The high cliffs of the west frame many an ocean inlet.
The writer James Joyce perfected his "stream of consciousness" technique here in Ulysses and Yeats and now Heaney sound the haunting that is Irish poetry. U2 and a wide range of the best traditional music are known globally. The capital Dublin is one of Europe's most historic cities and Cork and Belfast offer their own unique itinerates.
The North Eastern part of the island is still administered by the UK and therefore uses Pound Sterling as its currency. In the Republic Euros are used.
If you are taking your vehicle to the Republic of Ireland and do not already have breakdown cover, consider taking European breakdown cover with EVBC.
If Ireland is one of your options but you would like to consider further away, why not consider a ferry to France with Ferry Europe.
Ferry to Ireland from England
If you are looking to get a ferry to Ireland from England you have two options: Liverpool and Liverpool Birkenhead. For travellers from southern England a port in South Wales provides an alternative.
Ferry to Ireland from Liverpool
Liverpool is easily accessed from the M6/M62 in the east or the M6/M58 from the north.
P & O Irish Sea Ferries operate 12 weekly crossings to Dublin taking 7 hours and 30 minutes. Norfolk
Line Irish Sea operate 13 weekly crossings to
Ferry to Ireland from Liverpool Birkenhead
Liverpool Birkenhead is accessed from the south via the M56/M53 from England or A55 and A483 from Wales.
Norfolk Line Irish Sea operate 13 weekly crossings to Belfast taking 8 hours.
Ferry to Ireland from Wales
If you are looking to get a ferry to Ireland from Wales four ports are available: Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke and Swansea.
Ferry to Ireland from Holyhead
Holyhead is accessed from the mainland via the A55 from the east [northern England and Scotland] or from the south east [Wales and mid and southern England] via the M6/M54/A5/A55.
Irish Ferries operate 4 daily crossings to Dublin taking 2 hours. Dublin is also served by Stena Line which operates 3 daily crossings taking 3 hours and 15 minutes. Stena Line also operate 7 weekly crossings to Dun Laoghaire [near Dublin] taking 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Ferry to Ireland from Fishguard
Fishguard is accessed from the east [south Wales and England] via the M4/A48/A40 and from the north [mid/north Wales] via the A487.
Stena Line operate 3 daily crossings to Rosslare taking 2 hours.
Ferry to Ireland from Pembroke
Pembroke is accessed from the east [south Wales and England] via the M4/A48/A40/A477 and from mid/north Wales via the A40/A477.
Irish Ferries operate 14 weekly crossings to Rosslare taking 4 hours and 1 minute.
Ferry to Ireland from Swansea
Swansea can be accessed from the east [south east Wales and England] via the M4/A483. The A48 and A465 connect other parts of Wales.
Fastnet Line operate 5 weekly crossings to Cork taking 11 hours.
Ferry to Ireland from Scotland
You can access Ireland in Scotland from the following ports: Troon, Cairnrya and Stranraer.
Ferry to Ireland from Troon
Troon is accessed from central Scotland via the M8/M77/A77/A78 and from England via the M74/A71/A77/A78.
P & O Irish Sea operate 14 weekly crossings to Larne taking 2 hours.
Ferry to Ireland from Cairnryan
Cairnryan can be accessed via the M8/M77/A77 from central Scotland or the M6/M74/A75 from southern Scotland and England.
P & O Irish Sea operate 7 daily crossings to Larne taking 1 hour.
Ferry to Ireland from Stranraer
Stranraer can be accessed via the M8/M77/A77 from central Scotland or the M6/M74/A75 from southern Scotland and England.
Stena Line operate 6 daily crossings to Belfast taking 2 hours.
Ferry to Ireland from the Isle of Man
If you are looking to get a ferry to Ireland from the Isle of Man, this can be accessed from the port of Douglas.
Ferry to Ireland from Troon
Steam Packet operate 1 weekly crossing to Dublin taking 2 hours and 53 minutes. Steam Packet also operate 2 weekly crossings to Belfast taking 2 hours and 55 minutes.