I'm doing a Europe trip in May and June and am starting the trip in Ireland. My friends and I were planning on renting a car in Dublin and touring the country side for a couple days. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to drive to (scenic routes, cool towns, historic sights, etc.) Thanks people.
I currently live in Ireland so I guess I can help you...What are you looking for exactly? It depends on how long you are planning to tour around Ireland: I personnaly think that the west coast is a lot better than the east one, but to go there and see cool stuff you'll need minimum 3/4 days as it takes a long time to drive in Ireland because the roads are either jammed or really small!!
Galway is a cool place to start from as it is right next to Connemara, than you could either go up north to Mayo and Donegal, or go south to Clare and Kerry, all these places are absolutly wonderful so I don't know what you'll prefer.
Galway itself is really nice, it's a student city so cheaper than Dublin, a lot smaller as well but people are really nice and the atmosphere is great, more "Irish" than Dublin sometimes...
Hope I've been helpful, otherwise don't hesitate to ask more questions,
Well I'll only have two days of driving and one night to stay somewhere. I was thinking of driving to the west coast and back to Dublin maybe out to the cliffs of Moher and a couple things along the way. Would that be worth while drive?
If you're going to drive to the west coast for a couple of days, Cliffs of Moher is a very good idea. And in between you could visit Cashel (rock of cashel...castle) and maybe visit Kilkenny, one of the finest example of medieval towns in ireland, but also worth a drink...or two
Galway is definitely a must, loads to do and a real buzzing city - can I ask what your interested in mostly - sightseeing, partying culture? Kilkenny is also a great city for a good session with a gang, but threre are always a lot of hens and stags do's! I could spend all day naming good towns to go for a drink but you could head to newgrange in the boyne valley - meath, or dungarvan, for some neolithic tombs and history of the stone age in ireland, or Kerry to smack a wet one on the blarney stone
Since u only have a couple of days, drive to Galway. Then u can drive around Conamara. It is wild and beautiful there, and in parts of it some people still speak Irish.
dont be put of by mels comment. ive never spoken irish and i have been living in ireland for 21 years of my miserable 25 year life and i have been to lots of parts of the country and never even heard it been spoken. i think 1% of ireland speaks irish. in very very very rural areas were no tourists would even dare to go. you may get that in connamara.
all road signs are in english and irish but be warned some road signs are in only irish. they actually in the process were they are trying to make everything irish as they believe that we are losing our way.
a bit silly when we are a nation that dont even know how to speak our own language. and a horrible language it is too. i had to study that language for12-14 years of my life....what a waste?!!! no one speaks it! though its nice to be on holidays to speak the language to friends when you want to make a comment about someone else who is not irish.
galway city has the best nightlife! also surrounded by beautiful country side. i lived and worked there and i went out every night a long with the other 40,000 students in such a small city. which made every week night seem like a weekend to me. weekends were actually the worst..too crowded...summer time is best in galway never the less.
the ring of kerry in kerry quite nice too, parts of cork has some nice spots! little places like kinsale in cork especially in the summer time when they have these big boat races, very good buzz!
westport in co.mayo has very good nightlife...overloaded with lots of pubs!....again the summer time is the best...lots of hen partys = lots of women and the odd few stag partys. again surround by nice mountains and all that.
i think the west of ireland is a lot better...i would drive from dublin, going down towards, wicklow, wexford, cork, kerry, galway, mayo etc.
you will not be able to do all these journeys in 1-2 days...our roads are the worst! we still use the same roads today that were meant to accommodate horses!!! lots of dangerous drivers out there! so driving at night isnt recommended especially in the country side.
you need at least 3-5 days!!!
for 2 days you wouldnt see anything! you would just be stuck in a car.
to get to cork from dublin is 4 hours...galway is 3 hours, kerry is 5 hours...but really depends on how fast you drive and how good your over taking is....nothing worse than getting stuck behind a tractor for many miles...or some dope crashing into a cow and the whole road is blocked...once a road shuts down then your stuck!!!
we also have some amazing sandy beaches!!! down the south west...that will surprise anyone!!!
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 2:29 AM by oslaue ]
I would agree with what the other posters have said, Galway, Mayo in the west of Ireland, Kilkenny is a short drive from Dublin is worth a visit. If you go south ...West Cork coastal drive towards Kerry is a beautiful drive (one I have taken several times) check http://www.westcork.ie
If you in Dublin check www.freedublin.com
Have a great time,
If you want to see the Cliffs of Moher then head toward Galway - stay in Galway City - fantastic place real buzz about it - and some great pubs & restaurants. From there its an easy drive to the cliffs of Moher!
If you do happen to extend your visit and stay for a few more days there is so much to do - on top of all the other great suggestions listed here you also could consider driving north through Donegal maybe into Enniskillen or via Londonderry - from there you could head up the North West Coast past the seaside resorts and onto the famous Giants Causeway.
To do all this though you would definately need a lot more than 48hours with a car!
Enjoy your time here!
I second going up the Antrim Coast to Giant's Causeway. The trip up and the site itself are gorgeous. You can also stop at Carrick-a-Rede Bridge for what's reputed to be a death-defying rope-bridge walk. Donegal is also beautiful - the Slieve League cliffs are amazing. Enjoy your trip - you really can't go wrong, no matter where you go!