Visitor’s Guide To Traveling Between Ireland and Scotland (Part 2: By Sea)

In the last post, we discussed some of the details and advantages regarding airline travel between Northern Ireland and Scotland. As we discussed, the other main option is to travel by sea ferry. But before you choose which option is ideal for your needs, it’s best to inform yourself of the details and advantages that only sea ferries can provide. Here’s part two of our visitor’s guide, which will explore some of the details about sea ferry travel between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Sea Ferry Options
There are two main sea ferry lines that connect Northern Ireland to Scotland: Cairnryan-Larne Ferry and Stena Line’s Cairnryan-Belfast Ferry. Both of these options have multiple departures throughout each day, providing you with maximum flexibility when scheduling your specific itinerary. They also depart seven days per week, year-round. You’ll have to travel to Cairnryan, a small village in Dumfries and Galloway in western Scotland, to reach the departure point.

As we mentioned in part one of our guide, traveling by air typically saves you some time. Still, commuting by sea ferry only takes between two hours and two hours and 15 minutes from start to finish, depending on which of the two main ferries you choose. Of course, you’ll have to factor in some additional time to account for check-ins and ticketing.

If you’re willing to sacrifice some time for added comfort, traveling by sea ferry may be the best option for you. Sea ferries are known for offering a variety of accommodations far beyond those of traditional commercial airlines. You’ll truly be able to relax and enjoy the journey instead of simply awaiting the destination in a cramped seat.

“Traveling by sea ferry offers certain benefits regarding personal comfort and transporting luggage vis-a-vis air travel. Britain’s sea ferries are akin to cruise liners and are equipped with restaurants and bars. The sea ferries are also akin to trains in terms of passenger space, freedom of movement and luggage,” writes Edwin Thomas on USA Today.

Finally, you should also be aware that though sea ferries may provide additional comforts, they could also charge you additional fees for luggage. The standard policy allows each passenger to bring one handbag and two pieces of luggage, so if you have more than that, a luggage fee is possible.

Scotland Vacation Packages
As of 2013, Ireland’s population ranked 119th in the world. Now that you know a bit about airline and sea ferry travel between Northern Ireland and Scotland, you can choose the option that best suits your needs. Don’t forget to look into Scotland vacation packages and tours to make the most of your time spent in these two incredible countries. For more information about Scotland vacation packages, contact Hammond Tours.