taistil ar bhád farantóireachtatéigh - travel by boat
Like to travel by sea? Did you know you can Sail And Drive to the Dingle Peninsula Via Cork, Dublin or Rosslare. Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way you can take a scenic short cut from Clare to Kerry using the Shannon Estuary car ferry. One of the great experiences of the Dingle Peninsula is to travel by small passenger ferry to the abandoned Blasket Islands.
Here is some more information on Passenger Ferries and Car Ferries for visitors to the Dingle Peninsula.
If you are driving from overseas to the Dingle Peninsula there are direct car ferry routes to Ireland from the UK, France and Spain. There are also overland connections from other European ports via the UK. Foot passengers can purchase sail and rail options which include train connections to Tralee.
Here are some of the most popular routes:
Cork from Roscoff and Santander. Brittany Ferries
Dubln from Cherbourg or Holyhead Irish Ferries
Rosslare from Cherbourg stenaline.ie
Fishguard and Dublin from Holyhead stenaline.ie
If you are driving between Galway, Limerick or Clare and the Dingle Peninsula you can save a 137 kilometre drive and an hour and a half of driving time by taking the Clare - Kerry car ferry. This frequent drive on - drive off service runs between Killimer Co.Clare and Tarbert Co.Kerry all year.
A 20 minute journey across the Shannon estuary links the iconic tourist destinations of County Clare such as Loop Head, The Burren, The Cliffs of Moher to the Kingdom of Kerry. The journey is scenic and relaxing and you might even spot some of the Shannon Estuary dolphins.
For timetables and more information see Shannon Ferries
Long ago the only way to access the Blasket Islands was to row across in a Naomhóg or Currach ( a traditional skin covered canoe). Today there are modern passenger ferries which will bring you from from Dunquin Pier, Ventry Pier and from Dingle marina daily during the summer season. Passengers are transferred to a RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) once the ferry gets close to the island, as there are no adequate landing facilities for a larger vessel.
For more information see Blasket Island Ferries
Directory links to ferry services on the Dingle Peninsula
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We are very happy to help guide you to your idyllic holiday or short break on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, a marketing co-operative owned and managed by its members across the peninsula, have produced this website to provide you, our visitors with the most up to date information you need to plan and enjoy your visit.
If you cannot find the information you need, or have a question you would like answered, please feel free to contact us.
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