Travelling Between Scotland and Ireland?

Old Jan 13th, 2008, 02:34 AM
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I think unless you are in Northern Ireland and want to go to South West Scotland, you should fly. A ferry or the hydrofoil to Largs might be worth it if those were you points of departure/arrival.

Your viable airports in Ireland are Dublin and Belfast. You can fly from them to a range of Scottish aiports and vice versa. (I think I'm right in saying you can't fly direct from Scotland to Shannon, but no doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong). It looks to me as though you should be thinking Ryanair or easyjet and Glasgow or Inverness
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 06:22 AM
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If it were me and IF I needed to squeeze both countries into the same trip - I would rent a car in Scotland, turn it in at either EDI or GLA, fly to ORK (Cork) and hire a different car. It would be much cheaper, MUCH faster, and much, MUCH more convenient.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 06:26 AM
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I might do that too, if a) I weren't starting in Wales and b) weren't aiming for Belfast; neither of which may be the case, of course.
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Old Jan 13th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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Since the title asks about traveling between Scotland and Ireland, that is what I'd do - GLA or EDI to ORK.

Now, if it asked "Travelling Between Wales and Northern Ireland?" (or Scotland to NI, or Wales to anywhere) I'd answer differently. But Cork is slap dab right in the scenic SW of Ireland, and flights are dead cheap.
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I once stayed in Paisley, Scotland for a fortnight and visited Edinburgh. At the right time of year its beautiful. Everyones so nice. At least when you escape the train stations that is. Absolutely everyone is in a rush, it was manic.
As a result when i visited and stayed in glasgow a little more recently i chose to hire a car (which was useful considering an old school freind lives in an awkward place called west calder.)
I used " " its pretty useful for any of my escapades.
Ireland is without a doubt equally (if not more ) beautiful. Ive got loads of family there, my mum and dads parents were from ireland. Hope it helps
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Old Feb 1st, 2008, 05:34 AM
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Caroline_edinburgh: Our relative lives in Cardiff (Cyncoed).

And yes, Motorholmes UK are happy about Ireland - just more insurance to take it to either Northern or Southern Ireland, I'm not sure which!

Since Janisj pointed out that the first weekend in May is a Bank Holiday weekend we have altered the route. Instead of going along the coast towards Southampton/IOW and on to Devon before staring our entry into Wales, we are now travelling up the otherside of Britain and stopping off in Scotland & the isles first, then down & across to Ireland followed by Wales. Not sure of the exit & entry ports but most likely the shortest sea route that has a car ferry.
Do you have a preference to recommend?

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Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 06:21 AM
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Best Ferry to Wales -
That does depend on what part of Ireland you will be sailing from.
This should help you plan.

The Cork to Swansea ferry was suspended last year but they hope to start them back up again in March 2008 . Yes it is the longest but if you are in southern reland and you need to get to South wales it can be a better option the sailing times are great in that you board at 8pm it is an over night sailing.
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If you are going to Cardiff and the Swansea sailings aren't available, look at services to Fishguard or Pembroke Dock. Driving the length of Wales is very slow as it's all very small twisty roads - reckon on at least 5 hours from Holyhead to Cardiff. OTOH it's quite scenic, if you have plenty of time.
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I'm sorry if I repeat something other people stated, but it's late and Im too tired to look at everyones posts

I'm actually in the planning stage of the trip. I'm going to Ireland and Scotland in September. I found that it was cheaper to fly into Ireland as a starting off point. And at I found links for cheap car rentals. Our plan was to drive around Ireland and end up in Belfast. Easyjet offers really cheap tickets from Belfast to Edinburgh. I think converted to US dollars roundtrip with taxes it was 80 bucks. I haven't looked into car rentals for Scotland cause I think we're just going to stay in Edinburgh.

The nice thing is that when you fly back to Belfast you can catch a bus to take your from Belfast back to Dublin to catch your flight back home. Hope I could be of some help. Where all are you planning on stopping in each country?
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