There are two main ways in which you can reach Ireland from the Great British Isles, firstly from ports in Scotland you can take various routes to Northern Ireland and Belfast and then further south there are various ferry to Ireland routes from Wales to Dublin and the surrounding areas. If you are planning on visiting Ireland from Wales you will be interested in the main ferry routes from Wales to Ireland and they are as follows:
Fishguard to Rosslare
Fishguard, Pembrokeshire is a small town in the south of Wales which runs just one ferry route, the Fishguard to Rosslare Ferry. Rosslare, the port in Ireland is located in County Wexford and s suitably located with lots of public transport connections to Southern Ireland and places such as Cork and Limerick, even Dublin. This sailing is operated by Stena Line and operates twice every day. The Fishguard to Rosslare Ferry does take quite a significant period of time at 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Holyhead to Dublin
The Holyhead to Dublin ferry route to Ireland is considered to be one of the most popular for those in Wales and the surrounding area and looking for a regular ferry sailing to Ireland. Holyhead is located in the North of Wales and easy to reach for those in Liverpool, Bangor, Rhyl and other such areas in North Wales. One of the reasons this Wales to Ireland ferry route is so popular is due to the fact it takes the passengers directly to Dubln, Ireland which is of course one of the main destinations for those who are heading to Ireland making it an exceptionally convenient option. The Holyhead to Dublin ferry route is operated by two ferry operators; Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Stena Line run four of these sailings every day and they take just over 3 hours alongside this Irish Ferries run on the same route four times every day and these sailings takes 1 hour and 50 minutes, significantly quicker than Stena Line.
Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire
An alternative to the Holyhead to Dublin route is the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire ferry route to Ireland and is often chosen thanks to its relatively short sailing time of 2 hours and with 7 sailings each week you may find that one of these ferry sailings is run at a more convenient time for your plans than the Holyhead to Dublin ferry. This route is operated by Stena Line. Dun Laoghaire is located just over 12km away from Dublin and it is easy to reach the city centre once you arrive.
Pembroke to Rosslare Ferry to Ireland
The Pembroke to Rosslare ferry to Ireland from Wales is a convenient ferry route for those located in South Wales and looking to head to the south of the Republic of Ireland. Each sailing takes just over 4 hours so longer than some of the other options available but there are plenty of facilities on board the Irish Ferries ships to enjoy during the sailing. There are 14 sailings currently in operation every week.