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Travel to Ireland is plain sailing

7th July 2010 Print

Travelling to Ireland by sea this summer couldn’t be easier with 15 ferry routes from Britain to Ireland and 277 crossings each way every week. Guaranteeing a comfortable and reliable service, you can be there in as little as 90 minutes.

A relaxed ferry crossing means you can begin your holiday straight away and start soaking up the Irish culture from just £69*.

The benefits:
By taking your own car you can truly go where Ireland takes you. Enjoy the freedom to go where you want, when you want; whether that’s finding a perfect country B&B, discovering hidden beaches and stunning scenery or dropping in on a local festival. Not forgetting that you can also drive on the same side of the road, making it one less thing to worry about.

With all that boot space you can go overboard with the packing, including your bike, surfboard or golf clubs. This added flexibility means you cut out the cost of hiring sporting and leisure equipment. Many ferry companies also welcome pets meaning your four-legged friends can be part of your holiday and it saves the cost of expensive kennels or catteries.

Travelling by sea is also fast and convenient for foot passengers looking to find their sea legs. Car hire can be arranged and collected from the ferry terminals and you can also get around the cities by bus and train.

There’s always lots going on in the port cities and ferrying in direct gives you quick and easy access to some of the big events taking place this summer. From the West Cork Literary Festival (4th-10th July), to the Summer Sensational event in Dublin (8th-11th July), and the Belfast Taste and Music Fest’ (4th-8th Aug), there’s something going on for everyone to enjoy.

Getting there:
There are 15 sea routes from Britain to Ireland with crossings operated by Stena Line, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet, Norfolkline Irish Sea, P&O Irish Sea and Fastnet Line.

Prices start from £69* single (car plus driver). For more information about getting to Ireland by sea, visit:

*Based on Stena Line Single Economy online fare valid for midweek travel on selected sailings and generally require booking a minimum of 28 days in advance of travel.