Thank you so much for reaching out to share these plans with us!
I do understand why you'd prefer to drive in your own car and there are certainly options to help get there. In fact, right on the Ireland.com website there's a section all about how to get to the Emerald Isle, including by ferry
. You can search by different locations, for example, there are ferries between Holyhead and Dublin, which gives the option for two separate ferries. There are booking times and schedules right on their websites. I'd suggest leaving time to reach the port, at least an hour or two, just to avoid missing the boat.
If you are still concerned, I completely understand! What I'd suggest is reaching out to these companies for more information. You could also search flights
if you're more comfortable flying.
As for how long to stay in Ireland, and I might be just a bit bias, but I'd say 15 days is a wonderful amount of time to spend here! There's certainly plenty to see while on the Emerald Isle. Not to say that you can't stop by Ulster, Edinburgh, or other spots that catch your eye, of course!
Before I chat your ear right off, do you mind if I ask what you're most interested in seeing while here? If you could share a bit more about what your dream trip might look like, I might just be able to help fill out your itinerary.
I do look forward to chatting again!