There are two main ferry ports in Wales, Holyhead in the north & Fishguard in the South. Swansea also has routes to Cork
Stenaline, Swansea Cork Ferries and Irish Ferries are the 3 companies which ply the waters between Ireland & Wales. The website below gives you information on all 3.
Irish Ferries actually have the worlds largest car ferry, taking just 3.5 hours to get from Wales & Ireland.Related to:
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"Country Road Take Me Home".......................
The public transport is not that great outside of the larger towns in wales, so getting around by car is the best option for touring. The roads are generally good, & out of season quiet.
Take Snow chains if you are hunting out the winter in winter in Snowdonia.Related to:
- Road Trip
Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway
The railway was established by an Act of Parliament in 1832, and is now the oldest independent railway in the world. Its origin was to transport roofing slate from the quarries in the area - the wagons full would travel downhill by gravity with the empty carriages hauled back up again by horse power.
The Double Fairlie engines with a chimney at each end were designed by Robert Fairlie in the 1860s and are still being made today. We travelled on David Lloyd George, which was put into service in 1992, and the journey was made under the power of steam!
The train runs from Portmadog on the coast, along the estuary on the Cob Causeway. From here we had marvellous views of the mountains in the mist.
The Glaslyn marshes are a favourite with birdwatchers, although we didn't see many species ourselves from the train.
The train then climbs through the trees, with the occasional glimpse of the valleys and lakes below.
Along the route we saw many railway cottages, some so close to the train that you could have taken the toast off their breakfast plate! One bungalow, called Coed y Bleddiau, has no road access at all, so goods and passengers travel by train.
There are lots of lovely walks from the various stations along the route, and the ticket allows you to get on and off as many times as you like.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Rent a car at Cardiff airport
We had lots of troubles to rent a car, as most of the rental cars companies close on weekends at the airport, strange isn’t it?
Finally we could book online a economy car (Fiat punto, nice and brand new) and returned at Sunday 5,00 am with Hertz.
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Flying to Cardiff, South Glamorgan?
It is an airport that is growing fast, I guess the main reason, is that BMI has made this airport the second one of its fleet.
As Stace lived in Barry, I never had any problem as it is 10 minutes from there, but if you have to go to Cardiff, no problems.
There is a bus called Airbus X91 and another one service number 95, goes to Cardiff. Prices around 3 pounds one way or 5 the return.
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Always try to buy a rail pass in your own country before you leave home, you can travel on unlimited rail lines for the number of days you have it. I had 15 day pass, and could use it for 15 days in 2 months..this allowed me to stop a few days in each place. You just had to write the day on it and show it to the conductor. No hassles!Add to your Trip Planner
A bit of nostalgia
Jump on a steam driven train from this beautiful village to Llangollen,the surrounding countryside is absolutely breathtaking.
Very photogenic,and relaxing.Add to your Trip Planner
If going to Wales from England across the Severn Bridge by road , be sure to have change for the tollgate handy.
The fee varies according to the type of vehicle.Add to your Trip Planner
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