From ‘Emerald Isle’ to ‘Garden Isle’

21-01-2002 Irish travellers can now explore the beautiful Isle of Wight and the maritime City of Southampton on one easy short break, thanks to Red Funnel linking its Hi-Speed services to the Island with British Airways direct flights between Dublin and Southampton.


Shop ‘til you drop at Southampton’s new West Quay shopping centre (recently voted the best in Europe), located in the heart of the city, or visit the historic waterfront Maritime Museum to learn more about HMS Titanic, which set sail on her ill-fated voyage from nearby Southampton port. Then it’s a 20-minute hop over to the Isle of Wight by sleek Hi-Speed Red Jet catamaran where you’ll enjoy indulgence of a different kind. World-renowned for its sailing, Cowes has become a mecca for pleasure-seekers and party-goers in summer but it’s also the ideal gateway to the rest of the Isle of Wight, beautiful at any time of year. The Island is becoming increasingly popular out of season, with visitors enjoying its gardens, historic houses, vineyards, coastal walks and activity opportunities. Red Funnel has launched short break packages to Southampton and the Isle of Wight for Irish visitors.

Three nights start from 336 Euros (£208) per person, including return flights from Dublin to Southampton with British Airways, return Hi-Speed Red Jet catamaran crossing between Southampton and Cowes, airport transfers in Southampton and quality accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information please call Red Funnel on +44 (0)870 444 8890 or email

Red Funnel can also arrange themed activity breaks on the Isle of Wight, including learning to sail, golfing, gardening and walking.

Notes to editors: Euro prices are for guidance only – payment is required in GBP£ Short breaks are subject to availability and exclusion dates during peak times.

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