First time to Ireland

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1. Posted by chloeprsns (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Planning to take a ferry from Troon in Scotland over to Belfast around end of May.
Only going for a few days but would like to go to Galway for a night or so.
Cheapest of cheap ways to get there?? On a serious budget!

Any other useful information is welcomed and appreciated

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Ok to get to Galway from Belfast for a night - difficult.

You would have to get bus to L'derry then from there to Sligo and then to Galway - this alone would take a day. There are flights with flybe to Galway only on certain days of the week and can prove to cost aroung £100 at least.

End of May (fingers crossed!) weather should be decent - maybe you could go up the North Coast as far as Giants Causeway, visit Carrick-a-Ree rope bridge too. Potter around Belfast - take open tour bus around various parts of the city.

If you fancy Galway l would think about extending your stay or at the very least you would need to hire a car (if you are coming over on the ferry maybe you have one?) and the drive would take about 4-6 hours depending on your stops and how well you know the roads!

Also - just an aside - does the ferry still sail into Troon - l though Seacat had stopped - check that out maybe have too look at Stranraer?

3. Posted by chloeprsns (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much!!

You're absolutely right, they dont sail from Troon anymore. Stranraer it would have to be!
On second thoughts, I might consider flying straight to Galway from Glasgow as, apon further research I found that a return ticket with Ryanair is less than 100GBP. I hear that Belfast isn't ideal for a first taste of Irish banter!

Only other question I can think of is Accomodation! I've had a look around for hostels and such and the best deal I can find is around £10 a night. Is this the best I'm going to come across?

Thanks again for your time and your knowledge!

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Not a problem!

Are you thinking of hostels in Belfast or Galway???

In Galway lve only ever stayed at the Jurys Inn which has a prime location just at the bottom of Shoppe Street where all the main action is - everyone heads to Quays Bar - which is like a tardis small on the outside and HUGE inside!!

I would think however a room at £10 a night is pretty good deal and l would be shocked to find you getting it any cheaper to be honest.

If you are in Galway you have to go to McDonaghs which is the BEST fish restaurant in the world!! The crab claws are simply the best - god my mouth waters at the thought of them!!

Dont push Belfast too far out of your mind - were not too bad up here - friendly to say the least!! And the city is really picking up and would rival any UK city as far as bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping etc goes!!

Good luck with the trip!!

5. Posted by hrh1111 (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would have to agree with Purdy---I went to Belfast last summer and had a blast. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. I did a tour to Giant's Causeway, which was awesome. We stopped at Bushmill's, Dunluce Castle, and also crossed the Carrick-a-Reed Rope bridge, so much fun. I would highly recommend this. And the nightlife is great :-).

6. Posted by cooperguy (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

£10 a night is definatly the cheapest you will find. This hostel is slightly more expensive at €14 to €18 but it is right in the city centre (I havent stayed there im just recommending the location:))

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 4, 2008, at 4:45 AM by cooperguy ]