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Ferries to Ireland

Ireland or the Republic of Ireland occupies around eighty percent of the island of Ireland, with Northern Ireland constituting the remainder.

The capital, largest and most famous city is Dublin which is located to the east and houses around a quarter of the country’s population. Ireland is more than just its capital though; culturally rich cities such as Cork, Galway, Limerick and Killarney roll off the tongue as top destinations.

Away from the city bustle, beautiful green rolling landscape dishes up a generous helping of mountains, valleys, lochs, gold sandy beaches and islets.

While you’re there, if you find yourself in a traditional pub then be sure to sample some of Ireland’s most famous exports - Whiskey, Baileys and Guinness.

Ireland is relatively easy to get to by ferry from the UK with fast and frequent connections available across a selection of ferry companies. If you’re travelling from Scotland then it may well be better to get the ferry to Northern Ireland and drive south to Ireland.

If you’re travelling from continental Europe then France features numerous ferry routes to Ireland. Whilst the ferry crossing is quite long, the ferries are generally well appointed and there’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained on board.

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Ireland reviews

  • "very calm crossing"

    fabulous service from Brittany. Highly recomend

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  • " Mont St Michel crossing Portsmouth - Caen and return, March 2022"

    We enjoyed the crossing, check in was efficient at both ends, staff very helpful, good knowledge of English. It would have been helpful if the menu for the self service was displayed outside the entrance, well before the meal, also a bread roll was available at the entrance but no plate or serviette to put it on.. In the bar the server very helpfully filled my water bottle and added ice, rather than asking me to purchase a bottle of water. Contacting them by phone was almost impossible - either engaged all the time or waiting for more than 40 minutes.

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  • "Choppy Seas"

    Ferry left on time but due to rough conditions arrived Portsmouth 3 hours later. Ship was well kept and very clean. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was good.

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  • "Weathering the storm"

    A stormy-day crossing when the ship followed the coast of the Cherbourg peninsular to keep out of the open sea and took rather longer than usual. But motion was relatively light and the Mont St Michel seemed well stabilised. Cafe, shop, bars closed for much of the journey. Very nice staff onshore at both Portsmouth and Cherbourg but unhelpful gallic shrugs when foot passengers were considerably delayed disembarking at Portsmouth. Seems the port authorities didn't have a driver for the shuttle bus and there was somebody being told how to do it ( 'Use the brake more, this way, the service road is there, etc....') to get us back to the the terminus! Stars not working in review!

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