Ferries to Dublin

Ferry Routes to Dublin from UK

There's plenty of choice when it comes to ferries to Dublin. Ferry routes run from Holyhead, Liverpool and Liverpool Birkenhead. However the Dun Laoghaire ferry port is also very close to Dublin (just 7 miles away) and the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire ferry offers a good (and quick) alternative should the departure times or ticket prices of ferries to Dublin not suit your travel needs. Ferries to Dublin are perfect for discovering the rest of Ireland too. Not only can you enjoy Dublin city, but you can easily drive on to explore the rest of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Ferries to Dublin

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Ferries to South of Ireland

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About Visiting the West of Ireland

The West Coast of Ireland includes County Galway, County Mayo and County Roscommon. You can easily take a car across Ireland from Dublin ferry port, or Dun Laoghaire. Or if you plan to take the ferry to Cork or Rosslare, then you'll find the motorway network easy to navigate in order to head west.

The city of Galway is the most popular destination for visiting the West Coast of Ireland, but you can also start your explorations at some of the smaller towns like Clifden. The countryside of Connemara is a must to visit for its sheer beauty.

Visiting West Ireland

Galway City and County Galway

Galway is a bustling little city, a tourist centre that acts as a gateway to the rest of the Irish West Coast. You will find a scattering of historic houses in Galway, but not many museums -- but, then again, the purpose of a visit to the West Coast of Ireland is the outdoors, not the indoors, although those sampling Galway nightlife would disagree with that statement. Much of Galway is pedestrian-friendly, with many cafes, clubs, and pubs to see and stay for a bit.

Clifden

Head for the northwest of County Galway to get away from the tourists and see the gorgeous land. Clifden is a small town up there, and is the gateway to Connemara - there's plenty of buses, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Head out on the Atlantic peninsula on Beach Road past D'Arcy's Castle south of Clifden to the Derrygimla Bog. There are two historic sites there: the 1905 Marconi Wireless Station that transmitted the first wireless telegraph message across the Atlantic in 1907 to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the 1919 landing site of Alcock and Brown at the end of the very first airplane flight across the Atlantic.

West Ireland Coastline

Connemara National Park

The surrounding area from the shore inland is Connemara National Park. There's wildlife to see, walks to take and such gorgeous views that you'll believe you're in a fairy tale. The Aughnanure Castle in Oughterard, a tower house from the 15th century, is an excellent place to stop - explore the dry harbour, banquet hall and watchtower.

Aran Islands

Still in County Galway, about 23 km (14 miles) west via bus service from the Galway city centre, is Rossaveal, the ferry port in Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. The Irish name of the town, Ros an Mhíl, translates as "Peninsula of the Sea Monster" - be sure to ask if anyone has actually seen one.

The three Aran Islands, though small, barren and rocky, are still considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Inis Mór, or Árainn, is the largest island; Inis Meáin, the middle island, is the least visited; Inis Oírr is the southernmost and the smallest. Local guides are available on each island to take you on bus tours. Dun Aengus, on Inis Mór, is a fort from the Iron Age that sits on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Atlantic; O'Brien's Castle, on Inis Oírr, was built back in the 14th century.

County Mayo

North of County Galway, in County Mayo, is the town of Westport, best known as the access point to Croagh Patrick, a mountain climbed barefoot by pilgrims to celebrate St Patrick. Westport is small and can easily be walked, but, if you're planning to go beyond the town, you'll need to take a taxi or rent a car or bicycle. Nearby Clew Bay is a stirring sight, with the tips of hundreds of submerged glacial drumlins filling the bay with tiny islands.

County Roscommon

County Roscommon is all inland. You'll find the ruins of Roscommon Castle outside the town of the same name. The castle is three storeys in height, and has several chambers and towers to explore.

Remember, though, no matter where you go up and down the West Coast of Ireland, be sure to bring a camera - you'll need it!

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