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1. Posted by jhon565 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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I plan on going to Ireland for 5-7 days in May-July. What is the best/cheapest way to get around Ireland. i.e Train, Rental car...

2. Posted by jabyb (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

A car rental is by far the best way. You can get between the main cities by train but not into out of the way places like Connemara or the Burren, ring of Kerry, etc. It also alows you more freedom of stoping where you like. Shop around for rental prices though as they do vary quite a bit.
If a car rental isn't in you budget then I would suggest the bus. Less expensive than the train and more extensive routes.
Also, if you're feeling adventurous hitchhiking is still fairly safe in Ireland. I'm a woman and have done it many times and felt completely safe.(using discretion of course)

3. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 9y

Depends where you want to go.

5-7 days isn't a lot. In that timeframe you'll need to choose. I'm assuming that youre flying in from the UK (if you are, go Ryanair)...

Some people would tell you to spend a couple of days in Belfast and a few in Dublin and maybe try to get to Cork for a little while. All great towns in their own right, but you'll miss out on the whole idea of Ireland in my opinion.

If i could go back for a week i'd do this (West Coast Tour!).

1,Fly to City of Derry.
2,Hire a car for the week, one that you can take one-way (i.e. an airport rental company)so you can leave it in Cork.
3,Drive over the county border to Donegal and head either directly to the coast or south towards Bundoran (also at the coast), Killybegs is a great wee place to stop.
4,Head down through Sligo (stop in Drumcliff for the grave of W.B Yeats at the foot of Benbulbin mountain), visit Mullaghmore, a gorgeous little beach town (the food in the Beach Hotel is brilliant, try the surf n' turf!)take a boat trip (you'll meet someone in the pub thatll take you out cheap.
5,Make your way to Achill Island and tour the Atlantic Drive and make sure you get to Keem Bay (in my opinion, the most beautiful place in Ireland), and when in Mayo go to Westport and to Matt Molloys pub (Google this pub and you'll be dying to get in for a night of Guinness and some of the finest traditional music in the country).
6,South to Galway. Galway is a cracking little town with cobbled streets in many areas, great pubs and music. If you have time, get the little ferry out to Inis Mor (the largest of the Aran Islands) and take a trek up to the fort of Dun Aengus (as old as the mountain it stands on with some of the most beautiful cliff views around).
7,South to Clare, try to do a whistlestop tour of The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, spectacular stuff.
8,Continue south to Kerry, the coastal areas of Dingle (see the porpoises!) and the mountain drives around Killarney.
9,Cork, Clonakilty for some black pudding(!)and another night on the Guinness in a pub called De Barras (i think!), its run by Jimi Hendrix's old bass player (whos name i keep forgetting and the music there is brilliant.
10,Cork City.

Fly back to the UK from there. Christ im jealous!!! I wanna go home!!!

p.s. If you have an extra day, fly into Belfast instead. Spend the day at The Giants Causeway and you could still make it to the coast of Donegal in a few hours.

Good Luck.

4. Posted by NatDoog (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Definitely car is the best way to get around Ireland. The train services don't go everywhere and also aren't the most reliable!!

There are loads of car hire companies in Ireland as you can imagine but if you want to save money there are a couple of cheaper car hire companies which are very good, they are Dan Dooley car hire www.dan-dooley.com and the other one is Argus rentals www.argusrentals.com

Be wary about one-way rental in Ireland though - they often charge a big extra whack for that luxury!

There are loads of great places to see in Ireland and with a car you will be able to decide when and where to stop which is the best way to see Ireland, rather than booking in advance. We always do it this way in Ireland (and have never had a problem in 4 years!) and as a result have ended up in excellent B&Bs in towns we would not have otherwise discovered.

WeeJoe is right about Achill Island...fantastic!

If you are low on time I would concentrate on Republic of Ireland with maybe a day in Belfast - the city is interesting but not nearly as beautiful as the rest of Ireland. If you go to Belfast do a black cab tour (from the Tourist Information centre) as they take you to see the hot spots where the tour buses don't go.

Donegal, if you have time, is a must!!

That is about all!

Have a great trip!

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