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From Dublin to Cornwall

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From Dublin to Cornwall

I have been considering a trip to Cornwall but am trying to find the best route from Dublin, where is the nearest ferry to it from Ireland? I know we could fly and rent a car but was thinking it would be easier with luggage just to load our own car. Also is Newquay the best are to stay in ??

All help and suggestions would be great appreciated as I don't know where to start!!

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1. Re: From Dublin to Cornwall

I'm looking at a very old map on my office wall and it shows the ferries from Dublin crossing to Holyhead or Liverpool - both of which are a LONG drive to Cornwall :( If you could leave from Rosslare or Cork, you could sail to Swansea but, even then, you are looking at about another 4 hours driving.

A friend who lives in Cornwall visited Dublin last year and found flying to be easily the best way so I think you should consider it.

With regard to Newquay, unless you are young and looking for a lot of nightlife, then I would not say that it is the best place to stay. There are lots of prettier/quieter/more "Cornish" places to choose from!

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2. Re: From Dublin to Cornwall

Looks like you have 3 ferry options

Rosslare to Fishguard with Stena Line

Rosslare to Pembroke with Irish Ferries

Cork to Swansea with Fastnet Line

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3. Re: From Dublin to Cornwall

Google maps suggests the fast route would be to take the Dublin > Holyhead ferry, then along north Wales, join the M56 > M6 > M5 > A30

About 10 hours travelling time in total.

Where to stay in Cornwall depends rather on what you enjoy doing while on holiday. Personally, I wouldn't stay in Newquay itself (unless it was "out of season") but many people in the under 30s age group seem to have a great time there.

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4. Re: From Dublin to Cornwall

We went from Tralee to the nearby Devon for a folk festival a while ago. We took the car, day sailing Cork/Swansea and had a night in Cardiff. We got an overnight return sailing. I fund the experience easy going and with 2 teenagers and a nine year old, it was the most reasonable and efficient way to go.

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5. Re: From Dublin to Cornwall

We did Fishguard to Rosslare from Cornwall several years ago, and it was a long trip. I've also done Holyhead to Dun ??(sorry can't spell it) Nr Dublin , and that was a really long drive,and i vowed not to go that way again. Flying would be so much quicker, into Newquay, but like you say,restricted on luggage and more expensive,plus you would have to hire a car.

If i was going again and didn't fly, i would go for the shortest route,even if it was a bit dearer.

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