Why the Great Irish Road Trip is Closer Than You Think - The Worcester Observer

Why the Great Irish Road Trip is Closer Than You Think

Worcester Editorial 8th Feb, 2024   0

Worcester, for all its charm and despite its status as a city, lacks a major airport. Our closest one is in Birmingham – over 25 km away. But locals eager to explore new destinations have plenty of great options without needing access to aerial travel.

Ferry ports and an abundance of roads open Worcester residents up to holidaying in the beautiful and famous rural landscape and buzzing towns of Ireland. You might not have considered a shorter-distance ‘staycation’ in some time, or even a longer road trip. We’re here to tell you that the Emerald Isle, next door to the UK, is an incredible location to explore, and for the airport-less cities among us, it’s the perfect option.

Dublin, Ireland: A Vibrant Capital on the Coast

Dublin is one of the easiest spots to get to from the UK coast, with regular ferry services operating. The lively capital of Ireland is a perfect destination for a city break, or a longer-term stay if you’re interested in working or studying for a period of time. It’s got an incredible history, much of it stored in the Book of Kells library in Trinity College – and incredible food and drink spots. You’d be amiss to overlook the famous Guinness Storehouse, where you can sip a pint of the famous black gold. The ferry journey departs from Liverpool and Liverpool Birkenhead – only a two-hour drive away from Worcester. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy a picturesque drive to the port, and then through Ireland’s famous capital and surrounding countryside upon arrival.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Blend of History and Modernity

Belfast is another ancient city steeped in history and culture, with close ties to the UK. Ferries leaving the UK will take you straight to Belfast but it’s convenient to reach from Dublin, too. We recommend visiting the Titanic Belfast museum, the murals in the Cathedral Quarter, and enjoying the surprisingly dynamic food scene. As a city of migrants and immigration, it has a truly rich array of experiences within the city limits, like Dublin just over the border. In fact, you could consider a road trip between the two.

The Ring of Kerry: Nature’s Tapestry

For those seeking a little less of the city life, and more of an iconic Irish road trip adventure, the Ring of Kerry is ideal. This route through southwestern Ireland offers breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites; it’s your chance to experience Ireland deeply and over a longer period. Ireland’s natural beauty is storied, and the options to hike, cycle, surf and swim are immensely popular amongst natives and visitors.

Sticking Around

While Worcester residents have the privilege of staying in Ireland for a few months without formalities – thanks to prearranged agreements between the countries – extended visits or prolonged stays may necessitate a few basic, legal considerations. If you plan to embark on a more extended road trip – say for four months or so – or even wish to remain in Ireland for study or work (to earn some extra travel funds, for example!), it may be prudent to consult with immigration solicitors in Ireland. They’ll be able to support you with your next steps and ensure any applications go through without a hitch. The Irish immigration service is, like many government bodies, not necessarily the fastest-moving. Pre-empting that with a legal consult is really helpful to getting your trip started, or extended.

Exciting getaways and new experiences don’t have to be a flight away. From the vibrant city life of Dublin to the rich history of Belfast and the natural wonders of Kerry, there’s a destination for every taste in Ireland. Until the day we finally are granted our own airport, we can be safe in the knowledge there’s plenty to keep us occupied just across the Irish Sea!


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