Travelling to Scotland from Ireland for a holiday is a breeze - with frequent sailings and flights between major ferry ports and airports, you can board a boat or plane and be here in just a few hours.

Ferries to Scotland from Northern Ireland

Choose one of the regular sailings from the major ports of Belfast and Larne and you'll arrive in Cairnryan in the southwest of Scotland. The port enjoys good road, rail and bus links with Glasgow.

For those looking to come on two feet (or even two wheels), there are seasonal passenger ferries from Ballycastle to the beautiful island of Islay and the port at Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll.

All crossings are between one and two hours, depending on the route and service - so you could even come for a day trip, but we reckon you won't want to leave so soon.

Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan

This port in Dumfries & Galloway is around 80 miles south west of Glasgow.

Belfast - Cairnryan with Stena Line

Larne - Cairnryan with P&O Ferries

Campbeltown

Ballycastle - Campbeltown with Kintyre Express - reach Campbeltown on Argyll's Kintyre Peninsula by passenger ferry from May - September.

Port Ellen

Ballycastle - Port Ellen with Kintyre Express - take a passenger ferry to the island of Islay in Argyll in June, July or August.

Flights from Ireland to Scotland

You'll find that there are a handy range of direct flights to Scotland from Irish airports:

Find the best deals by comparing flight prices on comparison sites such as:

Onward travel

  • Buying a ferry ticket combined with onward rail or coach travel can be cheaper than getting separate tickets for each stage of your journey, and helps to make your travel connections smoother when you get to Scotland.
  • Scotland's airports and ferry terminals have great links to public transport, as well as taxi and car hire services nearby - check this out in advance to see which options suit you best.

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