It’s really hard to say you’ve seen the world if you’ve never traveled by sea. These days there is a temptation to try and cram everything in you can, making use of high speed trains and direct flights, but seeing as the world is mostly water, you’ll be missing out if you don’t take a ferry every now and then. Why not start by exploring all that the United Kingdom and Ireland has to offer by making use of the waterways as your ports to adventure?
There are many paths to make it across the Irish Sea, ranging from the limited access to the major hubs. It’s entirely up to you depending on your itinerary and preferences, but for the most options in terms of number of departures, you really can’t go wrong with the Liverpool to Dublin route. Foreigners and those with a scant grasp of geography might wonder why I don’t recommend London as a starting point, and to that I recommend they take a look at a map and then hang their heads in shame.
Here are a few of the reasons why you should explore the best of England and holidays in Ireland by Travel Republic Ireland or with the help of the Irish Sea!
Avoid the Airport Headache
We’ve all been there – waiting in line at the airport, seeing it move at a sloth’s pace and wondering why oh why we had to go through this again. Isn’t there a better way? The good news is, yes there is – it’s called travel by sea. Sure, there are still checkpoints and procedures to go through and delays can happen (what form of transportation doesn’t have them?), but you won’t have near the stress you would at an airport, both in the getting there and the waiting.
Advocates of sea travel can’t go on enough about how laid back traveling by ferry is, particularly when contrasted to air travel. You’re not going to win any speed awards on a ferry, but it’s definitely more easy going and journey focused. It gives you a chance to unwind and soak it all in as you gaze out on the Irish Sea.
Liverpool of today is a city that is virtually unrecognizable from its older self and a lot of this is due to the revitalization of its port. If you’re stopping off on a day trip or flying out of it, you won’t truly get to appreciate the scale and history of this world famous port city – it can only be appreciated by actually making use of the ships. The same goes for Dublin on the approach or departure – seeing the jewel of the Emerald Isle as it appears from the water gives you a glimpse into how this destination looked to the travellers from days long passed when sea travel was the only way to reach Ireland.
Only Way to Do a Road Trip!
If a road trip of the UK and Ireland is on your horizon, I’ve got some bad news for you – you can’t drive from England to Ireland. As of yet, there is no bridge or tunnel connecting the two islands in the same way the UK is connected to mainland Europe. On the plus side, you can take your car on a ferry if you’re intent on seeing the two nations in this way and keep the good times going! Of particular mention is starting in London, driving through Wales, head over at Liverpool to Dublin, tour Ireland and Northern Ireland before catching a ferry back to Scotland for the highlands and making your way back down, stopping in the Lake District to cap it all off. Now that is a road trip!