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Traveling from Ireland to Scotland

Hello!

I would like to travel to Ireland from the U.S. and then get a ferry from Ireland to Scotland to visit the Isle of Iona and potentially other Islands. Does anyone know the best way to go about this? Is there a train from the place where the ferry would drop off in Scotland to Oban? We were there last year and know the transportation to Iona is quite the pilgrimage!

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227 posts

To get to Scotland you must take a ferry from Northern Ireland (UK) not Ireland. From Belfast you can sail to Stranraer. From Larne (20 miles north of Belfast), you can ferry to Cairnryan or Troon. There are direct trains from Stranraer and Troon to Glasgow (www.bahn.com).

Posted by
130 posts

From Glasgow, you then catch the train to Oban where you have to get a ferry to Mull and a bus to from the ferry terminal at Craignure on Mull to the Iona ferry.

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16766 posts

I suspect flying from Ireland to Scotland might speed things up a bit, but I haven't investigated the schedules. You might take a look on Skyscanner.com.

Posted by
58 posts

the ferry wont be from Ireland to Scotland there are no ferries from Ireland (Republic of Ireland) to Scotland
there are ferries from Northern Ireland (UK) to Scotland from Belfast and Larne ports over to Scotland
flying is faster take a easyjet flight or ryanair flight over to Scotland and you will be there before you know it

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162 posts

As you have seen, getting a ferry will only be convenient if you're near Belfast or Larne. Even so, on the other side it will be a few hours on a bus or bus & train to Glasgow before you can get a train to Oban. I think flying to Glagsow would save a lot of time and cut down on all the transferring required.

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575 posts

What Is your point of arrival into Ireland and where are you hoping to depart from for Scotland? That will help a lot in offering advice.

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58 posts

there are NO ferries from Ireland to Scotland, without being rude people need to learn the terminology "Ireland" refers to the Republic of Ireland, if referring to the Island of Ireland geographically please say that, so when someone posts here "Ferries from Ireland to Scotland" no such service exists from the Republic of Ireland, there is from the UK from Northern Ireland to Scotland, it is much quicker to fly and cheap as well with easy Jet from belfast International and ryanair etc