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Travel in Ireland

Transport to/from Irish Airports
If you are flying to Ireland from within the UK, from Europe or from anywhere else in the world there are a number of airports throughout Ireland. If possible you will want to fly into an airport in close to your holiday cottage in Ireland, unless of course you want to see the beautiful Irish countryside.

When you arrive at your destination airport you can rent a car and drive to your Irish cottage. The journey will never be more than about half a day's drive.

For central Ireland the principal airport of Ireland is Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is an International Airport and is well placed for destinations all over Ireland. Dublin is about half way down the East coast of Ireland and so if your cottage in Ireland is to the south in Cork or Waterford, to the north or even Kerry in the West then you won't be too far away if you fly to Dublin. Meath, Wicklow and Kildare are counties near Dublin.

For arrivals to the south of Ireland there are a number of airports that serve the area. Galway, Killarney and Waterford airports serve flights from many airports and the region is a popular tourist area. The ring of Kerry is a very famous area and the whole region is a scene of lush green fields with characterful villages round every corner. Ireland has some of the best golf in the world, whether it's links golf at Ballybunion and Waterville or parkland golf at Killarney.

The West of Ireland is well served for airports with Shannon Airport (Limerick), Galway Airport, Knock Airport (County Mayo), Sligo Airport and Donegal Airport. The West of Ireland is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and has some great coastlines as well as great scenery. County Limerick, County Clare, County Galway, County Mayo, County Sligo and County Donegal are all famous counties.

Northern Ireland has two airports for the capital Belfast and has one in Londonderry (Derry). Belfast Airport and Londonderry Airport serve the counties of Northern Ireland such as Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone and Londonderry.

Arriving and departing from Irish Ferry ports

The West coast of Ireland faces the Atlantic Ocean and its exposure means that there are no ports or harbours. The furthest south is Cobh (Cork)with sailings to and from south Wales and England. Rosslare is on the south east corner of Ireland and there are regular ferries from Rosslare to Fishguard and Swansea. Close to Dublin there are Ferryports at Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire. Ferries from Wicklow and ferries from Dun Laoghaire sail to Wales, Scotland and England.

In Northern Ireland there are two Ferry ports at Belfast and Larne. There are regular sailings to Stranraer, Troon and to ferry ports in England.

Road travel in Ireland
Throughout Ireland there is a comprehensive road network. So whether you are flying in and renting a car in Ireland or arriving by Ferry you will be able to access all the fantastic landmarks, play the great golf courses, see the cities and enjoy the 'craic'.


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