Private buses will be arranged based on the majority of arrival and departure times currently designated for Hong Kong flights. Below are estimated bus schedules, however, these will be confirmed once we have everyone’s flight itineraries. Don’t worry, no one will be left behind!
Arriving in Ireland
Dublin Airport: Buses depart around 11:00am with a 3 hour drive to the castle. Dublin has the highest number of flight options from International locations. We recommend leaving more than 1 hour transfer in London Heathrow as you may need to change terminals and boarding passes, and opt for a later connecting flight. We suggest British Airways BA828 8.35am arriving at 10:00am in Dublin, or Aer Lingus EI153 departing London Heathrow 8:50am and arriving 10:10am in Dublin.
Shannon Airport: Buses depart around 12:30pm with a 1.5 hour drive to the castle. Shannon is a mid-sized airport with flights from London Heathrow, New York JFK and others. We recommend Aer Lingus EI381 departing London Heathrow 9:50am and arriving Shannon at 11:15am.
Knock Airport: Buses depart at 12:30pm with a 1 hour drive to the castle. Knock is a very small airport with limited flight times, usually incoming from London Gatwick, Luton or Stanstead. No long-haul international flights. We recommend Ryanair FR8142 Departing London Luton 10:00am and arriving at Knock at 11:30.
Dublin Airport: First buses depart at 12:00pm to catch the 4:25pm flight to London Heathrow. We will also have additional buses to catch the later flights back to London departing the castle around 2.30pm to catch flights after 7pm.
Shannon Airport: Buses depart at 4:00pm to catch the 7:00pm flight to London Heathrow.
Knock Airport: Buses depart around 12:30pm to catch the 2:50pm flight to London Gatwick. (This flight no longer seems to be available, so a bus will be scheduled to catch the later 5.10pm flight to Stanstead, leaving the castle around 2.30pm)
If you plan to rent a vehicle, remember that driving is on the correct side of the road (left!). You might also want to reserve a vehicle with automatic transmission as most rental cars in Europe are manual. The drive from Dublin is mostly on motorway with only the last 20 minutes on country roads. The drive from Shannon and Knock will have more country roads, but is a much shorter drive. We advise a GPS system be included in the rental. Rental rates are very reasonable, if you plan to do a little touring before or after the wedding. Hiring a car will give you much more flexibility on your arrival and departure times, though do note that you might be feeling a little worse for wear on the Sunday morning!
For directions and more transport options, please visit http://www.ashfordcastle.com/about/directions
If you wish to arrange your own private transport while in Ireland, we recommend both companies below:
If you have any queries, please contact Guest Relations at guestrelations@Oliviabuckley.com
Ashford Castle can accommodate helicopter transfers from the major airports. Please contact guest relations at guestrelations@oliviabuckley.