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Old 12th December 2013, 12:48 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 01:06 PM
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thats all we need a load of spaniards driving on the wrong side of the road.
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Old 12th December 2013, 01:24 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 01:30 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by kenneddp
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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Old 12th December 2013, 01:53 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 02:00 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 03:02 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 03:12 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 03:15 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dec b
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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Old 12th December 2013, 03:28 PM
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Think I'll do the Gijon route this summer.
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Old 12th December 2013, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Fledermaus
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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Old 12th December 2013, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Chronos
Think I'll do the Gijon route this summer.

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



Originally Posted by Fledermaus
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.
Originally Posted by custom900
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.

Villages highlighted are worth a visit if you're in the area
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Old 12th December 2013, 06:30 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by custom900
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.

Originally Posted by redout
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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Old 12th December 2013, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Fledermaus
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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Old 12th December 2013, 07:41 PM
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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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Saint Nazaire makes it easier when traveling south, going to be interesting to see if there will be a price war, wonder why Cork lost out on this lucrative deal, Rosslare probably offered cheaper berthage, expect Rosslare Gijon direct would be around 27 hours

Bring on May 30th
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Old 12th December 2013, 07:46 PM
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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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Old 12th December 2013, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Fledermaus
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.
Great craic in bar onboard ,good session then ready for road following day.
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