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Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.[1] It is also known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish[2] and tha Giant’s Causey in Ulster-Scots.[3]

It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by theDepartment of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.[4] The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.

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Germany Germany Attractions

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century and is located on the border between East and West Berlin. Particularly in the Cold War era and due to its close proximity with the Berlin Wall, it represented a divide between the East and West. However, since the Berlin Wall was knocked it is now hailed as a monumental symbol for German unity.

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Scotland

Ireland Vs Scotland: Getting There

– Compiled by Noel Byrne & Adrian Harmon, AA Roadwatch

You have a few options open to you to get to Edinburgh, which we have outlined below. As with any journey planning, the key is to book tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a seat.

 

FLIGHTS


Here is a list of airlines which fly directly to Edinburgh Airport, as well as Glasgow Airport, which is about an hour’s journey from Edinburgh.

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If you click on the particular airline, it will bring you to their website.

Ryanair: Dublin – Edinburgh, Dublin – Glasgow, Derry – Glasgow

Aer Lingus: Cork – Edinburgh, Cork – Glasgow, Donegal – Glasgow, Dublin – Edinburgh, Dublin – Glasgow

Flybe: George Best City Airport – Glasgow

Easyjet: Belfast – Edinburgh, Belfast – Glasgow

 

GETTING FROM EDINBURGH AIRPORT TO EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

You have a number of options to get to Edinburgh City Centre from the airport, all of which we’ve detailed below.

  • Taxi

When you land, you can make your way to the ground floor of the multi-storey car park and from there, you’ll be able to get a black cab at the rank.

Alternatively, you can pre-book Edinburgh Airport’s official private hire service. You can do this online or by giving them a call on (0044) 844 448 8576. You’ll find the private hire rank also on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park.

  • Bus

There are a few bus options on offer at the airport which will take you into Edinburgh City Centre.

The Airlink 100 leaves every 10 minutes. A single ticket costs £4 and a return ticket is £7 and will take approx 30 minutes to get you into the city centre. Tickets can be purchased at the airport information desk, at the bus stop, from the driver or in advance online.

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The No. 35 Lothian Bus also runs into city centre but stops more frequently along the way and takes about an hour to get as far as Holyrood. Buses run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays. A single ticket costs £1.50 and a day ticket costs £3.50.

If you land late at night/ early morning, you could also take the Night Bus (N22) into town. This service runs from the airport to the city centre between 12.47am and 4.17am (to be exact) seven nights a week. It runs every 30 minutes and takes around 30 minutes to get you into the city centre. It’s flat fee of £3 to use the service.

  • Car

If you’re renting a car while in Edinburgh, there are various car hire options open to you when you land,including, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise. Details of all car rental companies at Edinburgh airport can be found here.

When you’ve picked up your car, the drive from the airport to the city centre is around 8 miles and will take about 25 minutes (in light traffic). Most people make the drive via the A8 Glasgow Rd

Tram

The new tram system in Edinburgh can take you from the airport to Princes St and Waverly Station (as well as plenty other stops, including Murrayfield Stadium itself) rather easily.

The tram runs every 8-12 minutes and takes, on average, 35 minutes. An adult single ticket is £5 while a return ticket is £8. There are reduced prices for children. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram stop.

Full details can be found on the Edinburgh Trams website here.

 

GETTING FROM GLASGOW AIRPORT TO EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

If you’re flying into Glasgow Airport, and you’re not renting a car, you’re two main options to get to Edinburgh City are via bus or train, with the former the cheaper option.

  • Bus

Scottish Citylink offers a non-stop service from Glasgow Airport right to Princes St in Edinburgh City Centre throughout the day.

It runs seven days a week, every 30 minutes at peak times. The journey takes about an hour and costs £11.40 for a single ticket or £18.60 return. You can also purchase a Family Ticket for up to 2 Adults and 3 Kids for £25 single or £39 return. The Family Ticket can only be purchased from the driver on board the coach. See here for the timetable.

You can also make your way to Buchanan St Bus Station in Glasgow City Centre where there are regular buses to Edinburgh City Centre, operated by Citylink and National Express.

  • Rail

If getting the train, it’s probably easiest to make your way from the airport into the City Centre, to either the Queen Street or Central Train Stations and then make your onward journey to Edinburgh.

Both ScotRail and National Rail are the two main rail companies to travel with on such a journey.

 

FERRY

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While there aren’t as many options travelling by Ferry to Scotland, you can go with Stena Linefrom Belfast to Cairnryan. There are several departures every day, running on the every half hour every four hours beginning at 3.30am.

Keep in mind that the last check-in time for passengers is 30 minutes before departure.

 

GETTING FROM CAIRNRYAN TO EDINBURGH

Once you’ve arrived, you can either drive to Edinburgh yourself or get a bus or train.

  • Train

Stena Line offer a rather handy combo “Rail & Sail” ticket which includes your ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan and then a train to get you to Edinburgh (or indeed several other cities). For full details of this, see Stena Line’s website here.

Alternatively, you can make your own way from Cairnryan to Edinburgh via train using one of the several Scot Rail trains that operate along the route. Keep in mind you will need to get from Cairnryan Port to Stranraer railway station to get the train to Edinburgh. See ScotRail for more info and bookings.

Depending on the departure time of your train, you’re looking at a journey time of between 4 and 6 hours. Make sure to pack the Travel Scrabble.

  • Car

If you’re driving, it’s a distance of around 125 miles and will take the best part of three hours, if you go via the A77 and M8. Check out the AA Routeplanner for a more detailed driving route.

  • Bus

Scottish Citylink offers a regular service from the Cairnryan Stena Ferry Terminal to the Bus Station in Edinburgh, which takes approx three and a half hours. See Citylink’s website here.

 

BUSES FROM IRELAND TO EDINBURGH

EurolinesIf you’re considering getting the bus to Edinburgh, that you’re not organising yourself, you can go with Eurolines. You don’t have too many options with the bus, which only runs from Dublin and then goes on to Belfast where it takes the ferry to Cairnryan before going on to Glasgow and then Edinburgh (in St. Andrew Sq. Bus Station). The trip will take approximately 11 hours so make sure to factor that in when planning your trip.

You can see the all the details of the trip here.

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Ireland Wales

Ireland v Wales: Match Day Info

Where is the stadium? How long will it take getting there? Where’s best to park? What bus do I take? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Have a quick look below for all the info on how to get to the Millennium Stadium, hassle free.

The encounter gets underway from 2.30pm at the Millennium Stadium, which is located on Westgate St in the city centre, as you can see on the map. The stadium is within a short distance of Cardiff’s main train and bus stations.

Just in case you aren’t able to get a hold of a ticket for the match but instead you’re going to watch it in a pub nearby, check out our recommendations nearby here.

By Car

Cardiff is easily reached via the M4 and access to the stadium can be made using Gate 4 on Westgate Street in the city centre. Just keep in mind there will be road closures in place around the stadium on the day of the match which are listed below.

If you don’t fancy driving into the city, there are Park & Ride facilities available on match day which are easily accesses via J29 (Pentwyn P&R (White)) & J33 (Cardiff City Stadium P&R(Yellow)) on the M4. The cost is €8 (£6) per car. The car parks will open at 9:30am, with the first bus at the same time. The last bus will leave the pick-up point at 6:00pm, and the car park will close at 6:30pm.

By Train

The stadium is within a five minute walk of Cardiff Central Railway Station where First Great Western operates main line routes to and from England and West Wales. Local connections, operated by Arriva Trains Wales serve various nearby towns and villages. Extra services are common on match-days where high volumes of passengers are expected so for full details check with the operators by clicking the links.

By Bus

Near the train station, Cardiff Central Bus Station is also within a five minute walk to the stadium via Wood Street and Westgate St. The station is the start and end of most local Cardiff Bus services. Be sure though to check their website by clicking the link for full details of services on match-day. They also have a handy appthat works on both Apple and Android operating systems, which you can use to pay for day tickets. Normal fare prices can be found here.

Road Closures

On the match-day, a full road closure will be in place from 12:30pm – 5:30pm, including:

  • North Rd, from Boulevard de Nantes to Kingsway.
  • Kingsway, from North Rd to Duke St.
  • Cowbridge Road East from Cathedral Rd to Westgate St.
  • Tudor St from Clare Rd to Wood St.
  • Plantagenet St & Beauchamp St from Despenser Place to Tudor St.

The following roads will be completely closed:

  • Duke St, Castle St, High St, St.Mary St, Caroline St, Wood St, Central Sq, Westgate St, Quay St, Guildhall Pl, Golate, Park St, Havelock St & Scott Rd.

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