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Sail Across the Irish Sea

There are two car ferry operators that compete on the route between Dublin and Holyhead. Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Irish Ferries are currently operating a faster catamaran. Stena also operates this vessel on some of their routes and will be looking to introduce it. Although the 2022 timetable will be subject to confirmation, our initial exploration of the options indicate the best times appear to be;

  • Depart Dublin 14.40 – arrive Holyhead 16.55
  • Depart Holyhead 16.45 – arrive Dublin 19.00

The traditional ferries complete the crossing in three and half hours, whereas the catamaran is significantly quicker, completing in two hours and 15 minutes

This is the critical bit though – In order to make the 14.40 sailing from Dublin we’ll need to secure a favourable tee-time on the Portmarnock Links course (as hotel guests we should stand a good chance of doing so). It perhaps needs to be underlined however that booking early strengthens our hand in getting something like an 08.00 tee-time.

The ferry terminal in Dublin is just 30 minutes from Portmarnock. An early tee-time should ensure we can make our preferred faster sailing in the afternoon

The port of Holyhead sits on the Welsh island of Anglesey, the furthest we can go into Irish before getting our feet wet. The drive off Anglesey to Portmeirion takes about 75 to 90 minutes, which means we should be arriving at the hotel for about 18.45. It’s worth noting that the ‘new bridge’ that you will cross the Menai Straits on, will permit you a fairly impressive view of Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge which opened in 1826

The Menai Straits suspension bridge with the mountains of Snowdonia (mainland Wales) in the background

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