Discover Europe’s Capital of Culture, the Wild Atlantic Way, and colourful town of Dingle
(9 March 2020) With thousands of people already signed up to ‘Flight Free’ initiatives, holidaymakers are seeking out alternative ways to get out and about; from train journeys to ferry travel and road trips.
Irish Ferries offers a more flexible way to travel to Ireland – carrying an average of 1.54 million passengers in 401,000 cars in 2019 and up to 16 sailings daily from Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
Thanks to the Common Travel Area (CTA), travel between the UK and Ireland is not affected by Brexit and citizens can travel freely, only requiring photo identification travel between the two countries. No checks nor any additional barriers, it’s smooth sailing all the way.
Travelling with your own car by ferry boasts a number of benefits; the freedom to move around onboard, lots of fresh air, pack as much luggage as you like, including your family best friend, and have full control over your holiday. Taking pride in its vessels, Irish Ferries has invested heavily in its facilities; offering onboard lounges, cabins, restaurants, cinema showing the latest movies and children’s play area, as well as top customer service. With Irish Ferries, the journey really does start as soon as you come on board.
Those travelling by ferry are more likely to travel further afield and can explore the more rural, lesser known regional areas rather than having to stick to cities. With Irish Ferries, you are sure of a relaxing holiday experience.
Just some of the great experiences you can see and do in Ireland by car with Irish Ferries Holidays include:
Visit Galway – Europe’s Capital of Culture of 2020
As Capital of Culture for 2020, Galway has a year-long programme of events ranging from Celtic traditions like Bealtaine (May Day) to rock and dance festivals and a Lumiere Galway, lighting up the city. Galway Theatre Festival takes place 1-9 May 2020, featuring exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city.
Raheen Woods Hotel, set in the Fields of Athenry is a family owned and managed hotel with a real West of Ireland welcome. Perfectly located just a 10-minute drive from Galway, facilities include restaurants, swimming pool and children’s climbing walls.
Prices start from £227 per person, for a two-night stay. Enjoy a third night FREE for bookings from now until end of May 2020. This special offer includes breakfast and a return car ferry crossing with Irish Ferries. To book, call 08717 300 400 or visit www.irishferries.com/holidays .
Hiking and Cycling new greenways in Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Families looking to escape and experience the Irish countryside can enjoy a unique stay at Old Deanery Cottages, traditional Irish holiday homes in the enchanting village of Killala, County Mayo.
Old Deanery Cottages offers sea-views of the River Moy and guests can enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs and eggs from hens in the garden for a Zero Waste Breakfast Basket (pancake mix included) before going on a cockle hunt with food forager, Denis. During the food tour guests can search for cockles, mussels and shrimp and take them home for dinner. Guests can also book on to a fun and relaxing yoga and meditation class for the whole family or an arts & crafts class to make kites using recyclable materials.
Prices start from £793 for a family of two adults and up to five children under 16 throughout April and May. This special offer includes a week’s accommodation and return car cruise ferry crossing. To book, call 08717 300 400 or visit www.irishferries.com/holidays .
Taste the rainbow in the colourful town of Dingle
In County Kerry, Dingle is a colourful, seaside fishing town and the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, on the Atlantic Coast. Dingle has a long tradition of home cooking, bread making, fishing and farming, so it’s no surprise food is a key part of its culture.
This remote area is famous for its residents’ passion for fresh, locally-produced foods – from charcuterie smoked fish to mountain grazed lamb and homegrown seasonal vegetables. Handmade artisan cheeses, ice cream made using the milk of the rare Kerry Cows, meat pudding and pates are some of Dingle’s best-loved treats to be enjoyed in the wide selection of restaurants, cafes and gourmet speciality shops throughout the town.
Dingle Skellig Hotel is luxury hotel offering stunning views of Dingle Bay. This long-established hotel provides ultimate relaxation, with facilities including a spa and summer kids’ club, just a 10-minute walk to Dingle harbour to enjoy boat trips to the nearby Skellig Islands.
Prices start from £265 per person, for a two-night stay for two adults. This special offer includes return car cruise ferry crossing. To book, call 08717 300 400 or visit www.irishferries.com/holidays .