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ferry finally ireland to spain

A new ferry service that will sail from Ireland to the west of France and northern Spain has been announced.

LD Lines Ferries will operate the route between Rosslare in Co Wexford to St Nazaire on the west coast of France and Gijon in northern Spain.

It follows the recent announcement of a new Irish Ferries route from Dublin to Cherbourg.

The Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar says the new routes will help grow ferry tourism into Ireland and encourage more driving holidays.

"This is a very welcome announcement and provides a valuable new landbridge from France and Spain into Ireland," he said.

"It’s the first service of its kind to Ireland, and it’s great news for our tourism industry.


"This is the second positive announcement of a new ferry service in a matter of weeks. Last November a new route from Cherbourg to Dublin was announced.


"We are already well serviced in terms of air access, but this new route will help us to grow ferry tourism into Ireland. Driving holidays encourage visitors to spend longer in Ireland and to explore more of the country.

"It’s very good news as we build on the success of The Gathering next year."
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thats all we need a load of spaniards driving on the wrong side of the road.
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If it actually pans out il deffo be using this service over the windy rainy cherb or rosc.
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Anyone have an idea how long the crossing would be Rosslare to Gijon? I'd imagine you'd be looking at a double overnighter kinda jobbie...
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Anyone have an idea how long the crossing would be Rosslare to Gijon? I'd imagine you'd be looking at a double overnighter kinda jobbie...
Fuck that! WAAAY too much time onboard a ship for my liking!!
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Anyone have an idea how long the crossing would be Rosslare to Gijon? I'd imagine you'd be looking at a double overnighter kinda jobbie...

Plymouth to santander is around 24-26hrs,so i reckon maybe 32-34,no way will it be 2 nights.Long journey all the same though.
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Have to the French motorways are as boring as hell but id rather that than spend another 16 hrs on the boat across going down the French coast. That's just me though good options now for getting to mainland Europe and that's a good thing.
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Brilliant news!!

Someone who knows Spain inside out should draw a "most scenic route" map to get from Gijón to usual destinations like Málaga / Costa, or to Lisburn etc. Google Maps's straight route is all motorway, and selecting to avoid toll and highways still keeps the route pretty close to the main motorway route.
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be great if happens, but every year they announce this and never comes through

but lets hope this does come through
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This is great news, the Plymouth santander ferry was 20 hours. Good be wrong was pretty locked for most of it. The roads around the picos De Europa are the best roads i have ever been on.
The food and drink cost feck all and the people are very friendly. The weather in northern Spain can be pissy in June. September is great there. You have access to San Sebastian bilbao pamplona, this is great news.
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thats all we need a load of spaniards driving on the wrong side of the road.
no different to the irish ones so
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Think I'll do the Gijon route this summer.
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Plymouth to santander is around 24-26hrs,so i reckon maybe 32-34,no way will it be 2 nights.Long journey all the same though.
Plymouth to Santander is 20 hours, cant see Rosslare/santander being more than 24. Well worth it.
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Think I'll do the Gijon route this summer.

Tell me more.........Gijon?



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Plymouth to santander is around 24-26hrs,so i reckon maybe 32-34,no way will it be 2 nights.Long journey all the same though.
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Plymouth to Santander is 20 hours, cant see Rosslare/santander being more than 24. Well worth it.
I agree....no way its two days(?)...I'd say 36 hrs at tops. Roscoff all the way down you'd do in a day but absoloutely pointless.

St Nazaire is a little kippy but the bridge is worth crossing.

Be a good route from Gijon, across the mountains to Narbonne. Do a day there in the sun then onto Albi, Rodez, Conques, Castres, Volvic, Souillac and come back through Roscoff...Nice round trip if France is your thing.

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Its a half-arsed solution at best. The stopping off in France on the way over and back makes it far less appealing. Could easily drive from Roscoff/Cherbourg/St Nazaire into Spain probably quicker than you would be on the Ferry. I suppose it depends where in Spain it is you intend visiting. If you are hitting anywhere along the Mediterranean coast then I would just rather drive from France. If it had of been a direct service then they'd have been on to a winner.

EDIT: LD Lines website is stating 22hrs Rosslare-St Nazaire and 16hrs St Nazaire-Gijon. Thats 38hrs without including the duration of the stopover in St Nazaire. So the crossing will easily be the guts of 2 days by the looks of it.

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Plymouth to Santander is 20 hours, cant see Rosslare/santander being more than 24. Well worth it.
Yeah,20 hrs more likely,last time i took it, it got in a few hrs late,thats where i got my time from.

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Its a half-arsed solution at best. The stopping off in France on the way over and back makes it far less appealing. Could easily drive from Roscoff/Cherbourg/St Nazaire into Spain probably quicker than you would be on the Ferry. I suppose it depends where in Spain it is you intend visiting. If you are hitting anywhere along the Mediterranean coast then I would just rather drive from France. If it had of been a direct service then they'd have been on to a winner.

EDIT: LD Lines website is stating 22hrs Rosslare-St Nazaire and 16hrs St Nazaire-Gijon. Thats 38hrs without including the duration of the stopover in St Nazaire. So the crossing will easily be the guts of 2 days by the looks of it.
I think the rosslare-gijon crossing will be direct,not to st nazaire first,at least i hope not,bit of a waste of time if there is a long stopover
The LD lines website is most likely not updated to show the new route yet.

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Yeah,20 hrs more likely,last time i took it, it got in a few hrs late,thats where i got my time from.



I think the rosslare-gijon crossing will be direct,not to st nazaire first,at least i hope not,bit of a waste of time if there is a long stopover
The LD lines website is most likely not updated to show the new route yet.
It is not direct. It stops in St Nazaire, France on the way over and the way back.

"From 5 January, the sailing schedule will introduce departures from Rosslare to Gijón in northern Spain (via St Nazaire in France) on Fridays at 9pm. There will also be a Gijón to Rosslare route (via St Nazaire) leaving Spain at 10pm on Tuesdays."

http://www.thejournal.ie/spain-franc...19174-Dec2013/
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For anyone considering the Rally in Chaves week after Faro this is the business, like Fledermaus im hoping its a direct crossing to Gijon (which is close to The Picos De Europa, an amazing place) Overlanders to Spain is a possibility, Bilbao starts at 600 euro while Malaga starts at 650, a much better deal if you are thinking Morocco Fledermaus, my holiday plans for 2014 have taken a sudden change in direction with the news of this ferry.
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Sounded like a great idea initially but looks like it could be more trouble than it's worth getting the ferry to Gijon now. Ferry doesn't look like one you'd want to be stuck on for 36 hrs either. Probably suited to freight more than tourists but I suppose only time will tell.
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Plymouth to santander is around 24-26hrs,so i reckon maybe 32-34,no way will it be 2 nights.Long journey all the same though.
Plymouth to Santander 20+ 1/2 hrs ,did it back in June for tour of Spain.
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Sounded like a great idea initially but looks like it could be more trouble than it's worth getting the ferry to Gijon now. Ferry doesn't look like one you'd want to be stuck on for 36 hrs either. Probably suited to freight more than tourists but I suppose only time will tell.
Yeh it did initially, but fook that St. Nazare stopover business. Better off going with Overlanders to Bilbao . Did it last year....brilliant.
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Yeah but to a lot (of stubborn people) having jeeves ship your bike is just plain ass cheating. Silly i know but true, to some... True to me.
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Thats an interesting option that could change my plans for next year. I'll keep an eye on this, I was starting to favour the alps again for next year, but with this pyrenees look very appealing again all of a sudden

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Yeah but to a lot (of stubborn people) having jeeves ship your bike is just plain ass cheating. Silly i know but true, to some... True to me.
Bummer bout the stop over sheeeit.
I can see merit in that arguement but I recon it actually saved money,time, ware and tare and I got futher in the time available to me
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Yeah but to a lot (of stubborn people) having jeeves ship your bike is just plain ass cheating. Silly i know but true, to some... True to me. Bummer bout the stop over sheeeit.
Its a valid point....however....If i was using a big traillie, yup Id ride there.

But, on a thirsty sportsbike with a petrol tank the size of a soup can Id be shipping the bike over. A lot to be said getting there being fresh as a daisy to play.
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The way i view it is this;If going to see the pyrenees/picos/northern spain-it still has to be cork/roscoff for me,there is no benefit to going to st nazaire,and then st nazaire-gijon.I'd rather go roscoff-biarritz in a good long days motorway blitz.
However if i was thinking southern spain/Morocco,i'd have said i'd use overlanders.Its 650 to have your bike taken to malaga and back,plus an extra 30 each way to have it collected/dropped from your house.Maybe another 100 to get a flight to malaga.Thats 810 all in,roughly.
A quick check of the LD Lines website however (in apr-may) gives me a price of 258 all in,no cabin,just a seat,from rosslare-stnazaire-gijon and back.
Problem is it does not look like(correct me if i am wrong) the rosslare-st nazaire leg will connect with an onward ferry to gijon on the same day,nor will gijon-st nazaire connect you back to rosslare the same day.So you are possibly looking at overnights in st nazaire each way.This rules it out for me.
Still hoping they are going to announce a direct route from eire.
Journey times quoted on www.ldlines.com from rosslare to St nazaire:22hrs,St nazaire-gijon:15hrs.
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The way i view it is this;If going to see the pyrenees/picos/northern spain-it still has to be cork/roscoff for me,there is no benefit to going to st nazaire,and then st nazaire-gijon.I'd rather go roscoff-biarritz in a good long days motorway blitz.
However if i was thinking southern spain/Morocco,i'd have said i'd use overlanders.Its 650 to have your bike taken to malaga and back,plus an extra 30 each way to have it collected/dropped from your house.Maybe another 100 to get a flight to malaga.Thats 810 all in,roughly.
A quick check of the LD Lines website however (in apr-may) gives me a price of 258 all in,no cabin,just a seat,from rosslare-stnazaire-gijon and back.
Problem is it does not look like(correct me if i am wrong) the rosslare-st nazaire leg will connect with an onward ferry to gijon on the same day,nor will gijon-st nazaire connect you back to rosslare the same day.So you are possibly looking at overnights in st nazaire each way.This rules it out for me.
Still hoping they are going to announce a direct route from eire.
Journey times quoted on www.ldlines.com from rosslare to St nazaire:22hrs,St nazaire-gijon:15hrs.
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Fantastic news!!! Going to Spain from Cherbourg/Roscoff is a tedious journey with not a hell of a lot of interest until you get beyond Bordeaux. Weather along this route can be iffy as well.

After last year I thought it would be a long time before I go to the continent again but this new ferry route directly to Spain could change all that.
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Fantastic news!!! Going to Spain from Cherbourg/Roscoff is a tedious journey with not a hell of a lot of interest until you get beyond Bordeaux. Weather along this route can be iffy as well.

After last year I thought it would be a long time before I go to the continent again but this new ferry route directly to Spain could change all that.

You might want to read the thread again, unfortunately it appears that it won't be a direct sailing. Sorry to burst your bubble there
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