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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

  • "Trip to Larne"

    Trip to Larne with the ferryboat from Cairnryan was excellent: good weather, a ship in good condition, a good and efficient service on boat and on land, punctuality and good food on board, what do you want more!? Thanks for an enjoyable journey.

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  • "Liverpool to Dublin overnight "

    This is the 2nd year we have taken the overnight ferry as it works well with our travel plans. Great value, good food, comfortable beds and has always departed and arrived on time. A great way to start our holiday - arrive in Dublin early, refreshed and ready for a great day

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  • "Fuss free travel to Ireland"

    An efficient punctual service. The catering facilities were adequate. The toilets were clean. There was enough seating despite the return journey being busy. There was a small shop on board selling toiletries, cosmetics, chocolate and souvenirs.

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  • "Best ferry to get to Northern Ireland"

    The crossing takes about 2 hours and when we sailed it was nice and calm seas. There is a good choice of food and drink on board. The loading and unloading is very quick.

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Routes and Ports in Ireland