A guide to travelling between Scotland and Ireland

Ferry that makes travelling between Scotland and Ireland a breeze.

Despite being separated by a sea, travelling between Scotland and Ireland is actually really quick and easy. With ferries that travel between each country every day of the week, all year round, and fantastic air links, you can arrive in Scotland or Ireland within a matter of hours. We’ve created this short guide to travelling between Scotland and Ireland so you can experience these amazing countries hassle free!

Travelling between Scotland and Ireland by land and sea

Of course, you cannot drive over the Irish sea, but you can easily drive a car on to a ferry that will transport you to your destination. Scotland and Northern Ireland are linked by two ferry lines – P&O’s Cairnryan-Larne Ferry and Stena Line’s Cairnryan-Belfast Ferry. The ferries depart multiple times a day, every day of the week, all year round and takes around 3 hours.

Cairnryan is a little far away from any major Scottish city, like Glasgow which is 80 miles away – this can be a bit of a pain if you don’t have a car. However, there are public buses and train lines that run from Scottish cities to Cairnryan. You shouldn’t experience transport issues in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, where there’s extensive public transport networks.

Travelling between Scotland and Ireland by air

One of the best things about travelling between Scotland and Ireland by air is the flight duration – by the time you’re settle in the air, you’ll be preparing for landing. There are great air links between the whole of Scotland and the whole of Ireland.

Flights from Edinburgh

  • Belfast International, with EasyJet
  • Belfast City, with Flybe
  • Dublin, with Ryanair and Aer Lingus
  • Ireland West Knock, with Flybe
  • Shannon, with Aer Lingus

Flights from Glasgow

  • Belfast International, with EasyJet
  • Derry, with Ryanair
  • Cork, with Aer Lingus
  • Donegal, with Loganair
  • Dublin, with Ryanair and Aer Lingus

Flights from Aberdeen

  • Dublin, with Aer Lingus

A few things to remember

When travelling between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Great British Pound (GBP) will suffice in each country. However, if you cross the border at Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland, the currency will change to euros and you may also notice the language on road signs changing too.

You can travel and explore both of these amazing countries through Best of Scotland Holidays’ Private Driver Tour of Scotland and Ireland package.

Arrive into Dublin Airport first, where you’ll meet you driver who’ll escort you around Ireland before dropping you at Shannon Airport to then begin your tour of Scotland.  

If you have any further questions about travelling between Scotland and Ireland, or if you’d like to find out more about our Private Driver of Scotland and Ireland package, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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